RARE BIRDS TO BE REPORTED TO THE E.B.R.C.​

The list of rare bird species that require a completed Rare Bird Report to be submitted to the E.B.R.C. prior to admission to the national record is detailed below.

Click here to download a blank Rare Bird Report form.

Form to be sent to ebrcuae[at]gmail.com

 

As a general rule, this list features species for which less than 20 accepted records exist.

Note, however, the following two points:

- A number of difficult-to-identify species (including, for example;  Little Crake and female Eversmann's Redstart) currently remain on the list, regardless of the number of accepted records.

- Further, if one (or more) member(s) of the E.B.R.C. feel that evidence should be provided for a particular record of a species not on the following list, the observer will be contacted and asked for a Rare Bird Report to be submitted. 


For the reason outlined above, the E.B.R.C. recommend that visitors unfamiliar with the birds of the Middle East region take fieldnotes / photographs of any species where the identification is difficult or the observer suspects that the species in question might be a rarity. It is better to have 'over-documented' a common species than to be asked for a Rare Bird Report of a rare species but have no field evidence from which to compile a report.

The following species require a description prior to acceptance to the national record:

- Lesser White-fronted Goose, Anser erythropus

- Mute Swan, Cygnus olor

- Bewick’s Swan, Cygnus columbianus bewickii

- Whooper Swan, Cygnus cygnus

- Cotton Pygmy Goose, Nettapus coromandelianus

- Marbled Duck, Marmaronetta angustirostris

- Greater Scaup, Aythya marila

- Red-breasted, Merganser Mergus serrator

- Great Crested Grebe, Podiceps cristatus

- Lesser Flamingo, Phoenicopterus minor

- Jouanin’s Petrel, Bulweria fallax  (report not required from pelagic trips)

- Cory's Shearwater, Calonectris (diomedea) borealis

- Flesh-footed Shearwater, Puffinus carneipes  (report not required from pelagic trips)

- Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Puffinus pacificus

- Sooty Shearwater, Puffinus griseus  (report not required April, May and June)

- Leach’s Storm Petrel, Oceanodroma leucorhoa

- Swinhoe's Storm Petrel, Oceanodroma monorhis

- Black Stork, Ciconia nigra

- Brown Booby, Sula leucogaster

- Red-footed Booby, Sula sula

- Great White Pelican, Pelecanus onocrotalus

- Dalmatian Pelican, Pelecanus crispus

- Cinnamon Bittern, Ixobrychus cinnamomeus

- Intermediate Egret, Egretta intermedia

- Eastern Cattle Egret, Bubulcus (ibis) coromandus

- European Honey Buzzard, Pernis apivorus

- Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Haliaeetus leucoryphus

- Himalayan Griffon Vulture, Gyps himalayensis

- Eurasian Griffon Vulture, Gyps fulvus

- Hen Harrier, Circus cyaneus cyaneus

- Northern Goshawk, Accipiter gentilis

- Lesser Spotted Eagle, Aquila pomarina

- Red-footed Falcon, Falco vespertinus

- Eleonora's Falcon, Falco eleonorae

- Lanner Falcon, Falco biarmicus

- Saker Falcon, Falco cherrug

- Little Crake, Porzana parva

- Red-knobbed Coot, Fulica cristata

- Demoiselle Crane, Anthropoides virgo

- Common Crane, Grus grus

- Great Stone-curlew, Burhinus oedicnemus

- Spur-winged Lapwing, Vanellus spinosus

- Kittlitz’s Plover, Charadrius pecuarius

- Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Hydrophasianus chirurgus

- Lesser Yellowlegs, Tringa flavipes

- Red Knot, Calidris canutus

- Red-necked Stint, Calidris ruficollis

- Long-toed Stint, Calidris subminuta

- White-rumped Sandpiper, Calidris fuscicollis

- Pectoral Sandpiper, Calidris melanotos

- Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Tryngites subruficollis

- Long-billed Dowitcher, Limnodromus scolopaceus

- Great Snipe, Gallinago media

- Eurasian Woodcock, Scolopax rusticola

- Wilson's Phalarope, Phalaropus tricolor

- Grey Phalarope, Phalaropus fulicaria

- Black-winged Pratincole, Glareola nordmanni

- Oriental Pratincole, Glareola maldivarum

- Small Pratincole, Glareola lactea

- Greater Painted Snipe, Rostratula benghalensis

- Black-legged Kittiwake, Rissa tridactyla

- Sabine’s Gull, Xema sabini

- Brown-headed Gull, Chroicocephalus brunnicephalus

- Little Gull, Hydrocoloeus minutus

- Franklin's Gull, Leucophaeus pipixcan

- Mediterranean Gull, Larus melanocephalus

- White-eyed Gull, Larus leucopthalmus

- Lesser Noddy, Anous tenuirostris

- Black Tern, Chlidonias niger

- Roseate Tern, Sterna dougallii

- Arctic Tern, Sterna paradisaea

- Brown-/ South Polar Skua, Stercorarius antarcticus/maccormicki 

- Long-tailed Skua, Stercorarius longicaudus (immatures only)

- Spotted Sandgrouse, Pterocles senegallus

- Stock Dove, Columba oenas

- Common Woodpigeon, Columba palumbus

- Red Turtle Dove, Streptopelia tranquebarica

- Pied Cuckoo, Oxylophus jacobinus

- Great Spotted Cuckoo, Clamator glandarius

- Spotted Eagle-Owl (Arabian), Bubo africanus milesi (no longer needed, but a report is appreciated)

- Omani Owl, Strix butleri

- Sykes’s Nightjar, Caprimulgus mahrattensis

- Fork-tailed Swift, Apus pacificus

- White-throated Kingfisher, Halcyon smyrnensis

- Grey-headed Kingfisher, Halcyon leucocephala

- White-throated, Bee-eater Merops albicollis

- Brown Shrike, Lanius cristatus

- Long-tailed Shrike, Lanius schach

- Black Drongo, Dicrurus macrocercus

- Ashy Drongo, Dicrurus leucophaeus

- Mesopotamian Crow, Corvus cornix capellanus

- Fan-tailed Raven, Corvus rhipidurus

- Calandra Lark, Melanocorypha calandra

- Dunn’s Lark, Eremalauda dunni

- Temminck’s Lark, Eremophila bilopha

- Brown-throated Martin, Riparia paludicola

- Wire-tailed Swallow, Hirundo smithii

- Streak-throated Swallow, Petrochelidon fluvicola

- Asian House Martin, Delichon dasypus

- Cetti’s Warbler, Cettia cetti

- Siberian Chiffchaff, Phylloscopus collybita tristis

- Dusky Warbler, Phylloscopus fuscatus

- Radde’s Warbler, Phylloscopus schwarzi

- Yellow-browed Warbler, Phylloscopus inornatus

- Green Warbler, Phylloscopus nitidus

- Booted Warbler, Hippolais caligata

- Icterine Warbler, Hippolais icterina

- Moustached Warbler, Acrocephalus melanopogon

- Paddyfield Warbler, Acrocephalus agricola

- Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus dumetorum

- Basra Reed Warbler, Acrocephalus griseldis

- River Warbler, Locustella fluviatilis

- Hume's Whitethroat, Sylvia althaea
- Garden Warbler, Sylvia borin

- Black Scrub Robin, Cercotrichas podobe

- Blue-and-white Flycatcher, Cyanoptila cyanomelaena

- Caucasian Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica magna

- White-spotted Bluethroat, Luscinia svecia ssp.

- Caspian Stonechat, Saxicola torquatus variegatus  (report not required February & March)

- Red-flanked Bluetail, Tarsiger cyanurus

- European Pied Flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca

- Collared Flycatcher, Ficedula albicollis

- Semi-collared Flycatcher, Ficedula semitorquata  (report not required March & April)

- Taiga Flycatcher, Ficedula albicilla

- Eversmann’s Redstart, Phoenicurus erythronota  (report required for females only)

- Pied Bushchat, Saxicola caprata  (report required for females only)

- Blackstart, Cercomela melanura

- White-crowned Wheatear, Oenanthe leucopyga

- Finsch’s Wheatear, Oenanthe finschii

- Kurdistan Wheatear, Oenanthe xanthoprymna

- Eurasian Blackbird, Turdus merula

- Eyebrowed Thrush, Turdus obscurus

- Dusky Thrush, Turdus eunomus

- Fieldfare, Turdus pilaris

- Redwing, Turdus iliacus

- Mistle Thrush, Turdus viscivorus

- Wattled Starling, Creatophora cineracea

- Violet-backed Starling, Cinnyricinclus leucogaster

- White-headed Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla flava leucocephala

- Paddyfield Pipit, Anthus rufula

- Yellowhammer, Emberiza citrinella

- Pine Bunting, Emberiza leucocephalos

- White-capped Bunting, Emberiza stewarti

- Cretzschmar's Bunting, Emberiza caesia

- Little Bunting, Emberiza pusilla

- Rustic Bunting, Emberiza rustica

- Yellow-breasted Bunting, Emberiza aureola

- Red-headed Bunting, Emberiza bruniceps

- Reed Bunting, Emberiza schoeniclus

- Common Chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs

- European Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis

- Common Linnet, Carduelis cannabina

- Dead Sea Sparrow, Passer moabiticus

- Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus

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