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Bird checklists and reports


The Annotated Bird Checklist is availabe for download (Word format). Updated almost weekly, so make sure you have the latest copy. Since January 2014 the taxonomy follows IOC World Bird List - IOC link here.

Download the Annotated checklist


The Short Bird Checklist is also availabe for download (Word format).

Download the Short Bird Checklist


Annual reports are available here:

UAEbirdreport2010 UAEbirdreport2011UAEbirdreport2012 UAEbirdreport2013 item8 item9
Download 2010 Download 2011 Download 2012 Download 2013


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 - 315 species Download 2005 report

2006 - 340 species Download 2006 report

2007 - 323 species Download 2007 report

2008 - 326 species Download 2008 report

2009 - 322 species Download 2009 report

2010 - 323 species Download 2010 report

2011 - 343 species Download 2011 report

2012 - 352 species Download 2012 report

2013 - 331 species Download 2013 report - updated 12.12.2013


UAE Abundance Diagram

Via eBird, check here



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

And a good article online here