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:
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
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.
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.
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
An introduction to UAE insects and other arthropods by Brigitte Howarth can be found here
And a good article online here