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Bird checklists and reports


The Annotated Bird Checklist is availabe for download (Word format). Updated regularly, so make sure you have the latest copy. Since January 2014 the taxonomy follows IOC World Bird List - IOC link here.
This checklist had a major revision June 2016, and includes a short, printable checklist at the end.

Download the Annotated checklist


Annual reports are available here:

UAEbirdreport2010 UAEbirdreport2011UAEbirdreport2012 UAEbirdreport2013 UAEbirdreport2014 UAEbirdreport2015
Download 2010 Download 2011 Download 2012 Download 2013 Download 2014


The UAE bird records database is kept with Wildlife Recorder, a program developed by the British company Wildlife Computing.
It has a built in database of all the worlds Bird species and subspecies, all the worlds Mammals, European and North American Dragonflies and Butterflies.
The below reports are generated from Wildlife Recorder.


UAE records on eBird:

Check out UAE on eBird


Year-lists available below, sorted by species

2005 - 316 species 2005 report

2006 - 339 species 2006 report

2007 - 323 species 2007 report

2008 - 327 species 2008 report

2009 - 324 species 2009 report

2010 - 324 species 2010 report

2011 - 346 species 2011 report

2012 - 348 species 2012 report

2013 - 342 species 2013 report

2014 - 334 species 2014 report

2015 - 277 species 2015 report - updated summer 2015

2016 - 0 species


UAE Abundance Diagram

Via eBird, check here


Historical Emirates Bird Reports (EBR)

Thanks to the effort of Colin Richardson, the following pdf's are available for download:

EBR 19 - list of contents List of contents

EBR 19 - recently accepted UAE rarities Rarities

EBR 19 - rarity review Rarity Review

EBR 19 - systematic list EBR19

EBR 19 - large white-headed gulls in the UAE Large white-headed gulls

EBR 19 - Abu Dhabi breeding survey AD breeding survey

EBR 19 - Merawah Island Merawah Island

EBR 19 - breeding colony of White-cheeked Terns on Das Island Breeding White-cheeked Tern

EBR 19 - birds of Balghelam Island Balghelam

EBR 19 - Mediterranean Gull; 1st record Mediterranean Gull

EBR 19 - House Crow subspecies House Crow ssp

EBR 19 - Purple Sunbird behaviour Purple Sunbird

EBR 19 - Kentish Plover behaviour Kentish Plover

EBR 19 - visiting passerines Visiting passerines

EBR 20 - first record of Amur Falcon Amur Falcon

EBR 20 - first record of Common Noddy Common Noddy

EBR 20 - first record of Dunn's Lark Dunn's Lark

EBR 20 - first record of Intermediate Egret Intermediate Egret

EBR 20 - first record of Little Gull Little Gull

EBR 20 - first record of Lesser White-fronted Goose Lesser White-fronted Goose

EBR 20 - first record of Shikra Shikra

EBR 20 - first record of Sooty Shearwater Sooty Shearwater

EBR 20 - first record of Wire-tailed Swallow Wire-tailed Swallow

EBR 20 species list covering 1995-2000: EBR20

EBR 21 - draft EBR 21 draft

Unpublished - Delma Island and surrounding island, visit 1990 Delma Island




The three must-have bird books for the region are:

- Birds of the Middle East 2nd edition by Richard Porter and Simon Aspinall.
Published in 2010, Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd.


- Birds of the United Arab Emirates by Richard Porter and Simon Aspinall
Published in 2011, Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd.


- Collins Bird Guide 2nd edition by Lars Svensson, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterstrom and Peter J Grant.
Published in 2010, Harper Collins
Also available in large format


An excellent off-road guide to the UAE is the UAE Off-Road
Publisher: Explorer Publishing
An offered UAE website is found here



Odonata checklist

A checklist of UAE Damselflies and Dragonflies with links to species
photographed in the UAE is found here
Damselflies & Dragonflies

The above checklist is based on An Updated Illustrated Checklist of Dragonflies and Damselflies of the UAE by Gary R. Feulner, Robert W. Reimer and Richard J. Hornby, published in Tribulus vol. 17 (2007), pp. 37-62 , which also includes basic information about the habitats and behaviour of UAE species.
Download checklist


That article has been supplemented by Errata and Addenda: Updated Illustrated Checklist of Dragonflies of the UAE -- including a third species of Ischnura damselfly by Reimer, Feulner and Hornby in Tribulus vol. 18 (2009), pp. 28-36.
Link here


Other lists

Two lists, one of UAE terrestrial mammals the other of reptiles and amphibians can be found below.
They have links to photos of species photographed in the UAE.


Reptiles & amphibians


The same list, which is made by the Terrestrial Environment Research Centre is found here
Download checklist




An introduction to UAE insects and other arthropods by Brigitte Howarth can be found here
Download checklist

And a good article online here