JORDAN: Where Birds & History Collide

The Middle East is a hugely fascinating region to visit, whether you are a birder or not. Israel is perhaps a better known birding destination but Jordan is an under-watched country, so visiting birders have the opportunity to find and enjoy some very special birds in diverse habitats in solitude. A trip to Jordan should… Read more »

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Omani Owl Expedition Seeks Newly Discovered Species

Omani Owl by Arnoud van den Berg

Fresh from Oman, Mike Watson recounts the successful Birdquest Omani Owl Expedition, which took place last week.

Birding Israel: A Study Guide to Wheatears

White-crowned Black Wheatear – Oenanthe leucopyga

Wheatears are a fascinating group of Passerines of open landscapes, deserts and steppe-like terrain and happen to be my favorite group of desert birds. Israel’s wide variety of arid landscapes and desert habitats make it a favorite place for Wheatears, and therefore a primary place to begin your understanding of them.

Quiz Yourself: Wheatears of Israel

Test your knowledge of desert wheatears with the following quiz.

Answers to Wheatears of Israel Study Quiz

Pied Female Kurdish Male Kurdish Female White-crowned Black Juvenile Mourning Male Hooded Female White-crowned Black Male Desert Male Desert Female Finsch's Male Cyprus Male Pied Male Isabelline Juvenile Isabelline Male Finsch’s Female Hooded Male Eastern Black-eared Northern Wheatear Basalt… Read more »

Study Guide: Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear – Oenanthe deserti , male. © Jonathan Meyrav

A small Wheatear of the open desert with creamy buff plumage tones. Desert Wheatear is easily identified by its cream-colored upper parts, dark facial area connected to a dark wing and distinct frosty-white scapulars in all plumages. The all-black tail pattern is also unique to this species. Desert Wheatears are fairly common in southern Israel… Read more »