Birds of Oman
Birdsoman.com The latest lowdown on birds and birdwatching Oman. Good photographs of birds and other wildlife.
Fat Birder on Oman – great review as usual
The spectacular Dhofar province has numerous good birding sites. Sea-watching from the coast, or by chartered boat, can be very productive after the monsoon with Bridled Tern, skuas, Jouanin`s Petrel (anywhere off the coast); Audobon`s, Pale-footed and sometimes Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Red-necked Phalaropes in large numbers.
The island of Masirah is home to a large number of bird species. Due to this extraordinary wealth, it has been included in the list of the Important Bird Areas of Oman, together with the neighbouring Barr al-Hikman wetlands with which it forms a unique and unified set of wetlands. A total of 328 bird species have been recorded and reported in the past on Masirah, including some uncommon and vagrant species for the area.
Birdwatching guides to Oman
Birds of the Middle East (Helm Field Guides) The standard field guide to the region
This is the first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively with the birds of this region. It covers all the species, including vagrants, found in the Arabian peninsula (including Socotra), Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Cyprus. Over 700 species are described in concise text with full details of pulmage and voice. Distribution maps appear opposite the plates and are annotated with each species’ status and preferred habitat. This authoritative book will not only be an indispensable guide to the visiting birder, but also a vital tool for those engaged in work to conserve and study the avifauna of this region, which is of such importance to both the indigenous species and those which pass through on migration.
Birdwatching holidays in Oman
Pioneering exploration by a handful of dedicated resident birders, combined with the findings of an ever-increasing number of visitors, has revealed not only an extraordinary wealth of bird life, but also an exceptionally pleasant, welcoming and relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy them. Located on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, and with over one thousand miles of coastline, Oman’s varied habitats host a diverse selection of birds with significant elements of Palearctic, Oriental and Afrotropical avifaunas. Offshore, its clean, fish-rich waters support an abundance of breeding and over-summering seabirds, quite a few of which should be present at the time of our tour.