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Birds of Oman

There are about 495 bird species in Oman, including its coastal waters and surrounding islands. Of those, only about 80 species are resident, all others are migrants on their way between Asia and Africa or vagrant. These pages contain our account of spottings and photography of birds in Oman over the period August 2009 to May 2010 plus contributions by other birdwatchers. Photos shown on this web site are available FOR SALE.

Currently we have information available on about 134 bird species listed as native to Oman (43 of which were observed by us elsewhere), with about 112 thumbnail images for those species of which we have reasonable-quality photos (more thumbnails are available for species seen by us in Australia).

Birds observed by us are identified using the field guide "Birds of the Middle East" by Porter, Christensen and Schiermacker-Hansen. The consecutive numbering scheme in this guide from 1994 is quite outdated. We attempt here to group the species observed in Oman into family groups as used by Michael Morcombe in his "Field Guide to Australian Birds" (see the Australian bird pages for reference). This grouping is done without scientific knowledge and may therefore be partly inconsistent or wrong.

The navigation bar above (second tier) provides links to a number of high-level pages and, in addition, to each of the family groups of birds, following the "Field Guide to Australian Birds" by M. Morcombe. Hovering your cursor above the numbers, you will see which bird families each group comprises. All bird species presented on these pages are listed in an INDEX.

Lists of bird species spotted in specific locations

SQU campus 50 km West of Muscat, Oman August 2009 - May 2010

Latest Updates
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
Little Bittern
Eurasian Stone-curlew
Common Ringed Plover
Spur-winged Lapwing
Common Chiffchaff
Isabelline Wheatear
White-crowned Wheatear
Added 30/11-05/12/2017
Asian Koel
Added 09/02/2017
Purple Heron
Improved 06/07/2016
Western Yellow Wagtail
Clamorous Reed Warbler
Added 05-07/06/2016

These pages are largely based on our own observations. For more salient facts on any bird species please refer to a field guide.