This show features the incredible birdlife of Israel including the wonderful raptor migration, the bizarre display of the MacQueen's bustard, sandgrouse and the recently described and very rare Desert Tawny Owl.

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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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: Hooded Wheatear

Hooded Wheatear – Oenanthe monacha. © Jonathan Meyrav

Hoodeds are among the rarest of Israel's "black-and-white" Wheatears, and the species is relatively poorly understood. The Hooded is similar in plumage to Mourning Wheatear but is clearly larger and with a stronger, longer bill. The black facial area extends down to the breast, more so than on Mourning, and has clean, white undertail coverts… Read more »