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Bird names for Oman

For all practical purposes the NEW, modern names for birds, as listed below, should be used.

If known, alternative (often old) names are given for bird species on their respective pages. They are provided for the benefit of those who have grown up with the old names. Note that many old names are not unique (marked with "*"), some are misnomers and in some cases new scientific research has led to entirely new names for birds (including their scientific classifications).

Where possible, we will try to list Arabic names in the future.

Index of birds of Oman observed by us

NOTE: Only birds native to Oman seen by us are listed here. No introduced species are listed or shown. For a COMPLETE LIST of all bird species of Oman please refer to a field guide or click HERE .

Bird species of Oman are listed alphabetically by their English common names (e.g., "Hoopoe") and by their scientific names (e.g., "Upupa epops"). To search for a bird with a composite name, such as "Indian Roller", go to the letter "R" for "Roller, Indian". Alternatively, use the search engine in the header above.

English common name                             [Arabic common name]                             Scientific name
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(Sorted by first letter of COMMON ENGLISH name; letters are clickable)

B

Babbler
  Arabian Turdoides squamiceps
Bee-eater
  Blue-cheeked Merops persicus
  Green Merops orientalis
Bittern
  Little Ixobrychus minutus
Bulbul
  Red-vented Pycnonotus cafer
  White-eared Pycnonotus leucotis
  White-spectacled Pycnonotus xanthopygos
Bunting
  Striolated Emberiza striolata

C

Chiffchaff (see also [Phylloscopus] Warbler)
  Common Phylloscopus collybita
Coot, Eurasian Fulica atra
Cormorant
  Great Phalacrocorax carbo
Courser, Cream-coloured Cursorius cursor
Crow (see also Raven)
  House Corvus splendens
Curlew
  Eurasian Numenius arquata

D

Dove
  European Collared Streptopelia decaocto
  Laughing Streptopelia [Spilopelia] senegalensi
  Namaqua Oena capensis
  Rock Columba livia
Duck
  Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

E

Eagle
  Bonelli's Aquila [Hiraaetus] fasciatus
Egret (see also Heron)
  Cattle "Abu qerdan" Bubulcus ibis
  Great White Ardea alba
  Intermediate Ardea [Mesophoyx] intermedia
  Little Ardea [Egretta] garzetta

F

Falcon
  Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
  Peregrine Falco peregrinus
Flamingo
  Greater Phoenicopterus roseus
  Lesser Phoeniconaias [Phoenicopterus] minor
Flycatcher
  Spotted Muscicapa striata
Francolin
  Grey Francolinus pondicerianus

G

Godwit
  Bar-tailed Limosa lapponica
  Black-tailed Limosa limosa
Goose
  Egyptian Alopochen aegyptiacus
Greenshank, Common Tringa nebularia
Gull
  Caspian Larus cachinnans
  Heuglin's Larus heuglini
  Slender-billed Chroicocephalus genei
  Sooty Ichthyaetus [Larus] hemprichii

H

Harrier
  Pallid Circus macrourus
Heron (see also Egret)
  Black-crowned Night Nycticorax nycticorax
  Grey Ardea cinerea
  Indian Pond Ardeola grayii
  Purple Ardea purpurea
  Squacco Ardeola ralloides
  Striated Butorides striatus
  Western Reef Egretta gularis
Hoopoe Upupa epops

I

Ibis
  Glossy Plegadis falcinellus

K

Kestrel (see also Falcon)
  Common Falco tinnunculus
Kingfisher
  Common Alcedo atthis
  Pied Ceryle rudis
Kite
  Black Milvus migrans
Koel, Asian Eudynamys scolopaceus

L

Lapwing (see also Plover)
  Red-wattled Hoplopterus indicus
  Spur-winged Vanellus spinosus
  White-tailed Vanellus leucurus
Lark
  Crested Galerida cristata

M

Mallard (see also Duck) Anas platyrhynchos
Martin (see also Swallow)
  Rock Ptyonoprogne fuligula
Myna(h)
  Common Acridotheres tristis

N

Nightjar
  European Caprimulgus europaeus

O

Oriole
  European Golden Oriolus oriolus
Osprey, Western Pandion haliaetus
Owl
  Little Athene noctua
  Pallid Scops Otus brucei
Oystercatcher
  Eurasian Haematopus ostralegus

P

Parakeet
  Rose-ringed Psittacula krameri
Pipit
  Tree Anthus trivialis
Plover (see also Lapwing)
  Common Ringed Charadrius hiaticula
  Greater Sand Charadrius leschenaultii
  Lesser Sand Charadrius mongolus
  Red-wattled Hoplopterus indicus
  White-tailed Chettusia leucura
Prinia, Graceful Prinia gracilis

R

Raven (see also Crow)
  Brown-necked Corvus ruficollis
Redstart
  Black Phoenicurus ochrurus
  Common Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Roller
  European Coracias garrulus
  Indian Coracias benghalensis

S

Sanderling Calidris alba
Sandgrouse
  Chestnut-bellied Pterocles exustus
  Lichtenstein's Pterocles lichtensteinii
Sandpiper
  Common Actitis hypoleucos
  Green Tringa ochropus
  Terek Xenus cinereus
Scrub Robin
  Rufous-tailed Cercotrichas galactotes
Scrub Warbler
  Streaked Scotocerca inquieta
Shrike
  Isabelline Lanius isabellinus
  Southern Grey Lanius meridionalis
Silverbill
  Indian Euodice malabarica
Spoonbill
  Eurasian Platalea leucorodia
Sparrow
  House Passer domesticus
Sparrow-lark, Black-crowned Sparrow Eremopterix nigriceps
Stilt
  Black-winged Himantopus himantopus
Stint
  Temminck's Calidris temminckii
Stone-curlew
  Eurasian Burhinus oedicnemus
Stork
  White Ciconia ciconia
Sunbird
  Purple Cyrinnis [Nectarinia] asiatica
Swamphen, Purple Porphyrio porphyrio
Swallow (see also Martin)
  Barn Hirundo rustica
  Wire-tailed Hirundo smithii
Swan
  Mute Cygnus olor
Swift
  Common Apus apus
  Pallid Apus pallidus

T

Tern
  Bridled Onychoprion [Sterna] anaethetus
  Caspian Hydroprogne caspia
  Common Sterna hirundo
  Greater Crested Thalasseus bergii
  Gull-billed Gelochelidon nilotica
  Lesser Crested Thalasseus bengalensis
  Little Sterna albifrons
  Sandwich Thalasseus sandvicensis
  Whiskered Chlidonias hybridus
  White-cheeked Sterna repressa
Thrush
  Blue Rock Monticola solitarius

V

Vulture
  Egyptian Neophron percnopterus
  Lappet-faced Torgos tracheliotus

W

Wagtail
  Grey Motacilla cinerea
  Western Yellow Motacilla flava
  White Motacilla alba
(Acrocephalus) Warbler (see also Scrub Warbler)
  Clamorous Reed Acrocephalus stentoreus
  Eastern Olivaceous Iduna pallida
  Marsh Acrocephalus palustris
  Upcher's Hippolais languida
Wheatear
  Desert Oenanthe deserti
  Hume's Oenanthe albonigra
  Isabelline Oenanthe isabellina
  Red-tailed Oenanthe chrysopygia
  White-crowned Oenanthe leucopyga
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus