Some interesting bird observations from the coast of Iran, January-February 2000

G.O. Keijl, T.M. van der Have, J. Mansoori, V.V. Morozov

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Observations of 15 species, made during a survey of wetlands on Iran's Arabian Gulf coast, in January-February 2000, are presented. These included two potential first records in Iran, Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris and Brown-throated Sand Martin Riparia paludicola, an apparently important wintering area for Dead Sea Sparrow Passer moabiticus, records of several vagrants and scarce winter visitors, and a potentially significant range extension for the near endemic Iraq Babbler Turdoides altirostris. In addition, the area surveyed appears to be of considerable significance to wintering waterbirds, particularly waders. More than 53,000 waterbirds of 82 species were counted during the survey, including globally threatened species such as Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus, Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris, Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca, and White-tailed Haliaeetus albicilla, Greater Spotted Aquila clanga and Imperial Eagles A. heliaca
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-48
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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