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Bird checklists and reports


The Annotated Bird Checklist is availabe for download (Word format). Updated regularly, so make sure you have the latest copy. Since January 2014 the taxonomy follows IOC World Bird List - IOC link here.
This checklist had a major revision June 2016, and includes a short, printable checklist at the end.

Download the Annotated checklist

UAE bird calls on Xeno-Canto, click here


Annual reports are available here:

UAEbirdreport2010 UAEbirdreport2011UAEbirdreport2012 UAEbirdreport2013 UAEbirdreport2014 UAEbirdreport2 UAEbirdreport1
Download 2010 .Download 2011.Download 2012 .Download 2013 .Download 2014 .Download 2015


Historical Emirates Bird Reports (EBR)

Thanks to the effort of Colin Richardson for making them and Mark Smiles for scanning them, the following pdf's are available for download:

EBR 15 (Jan-Jun 1991) - EBR15

EBR 16 (Jul-Dec 1991) - EBR16

EBR 17 (1992) - EBR17

EBR 18 (1993) - EBR18

EBR 19 (1997) - EBR19

EBR 20 (2003) - EBR20

EBR 20 species list covering 1995-2000 - EBR20

EBR 21 draft - EBR 21 draft

Unpublished - Delma Island and surrounding island, visit 1990 Delma Island


The UAE bird records database is kept with Wildlife Recorder, a program developed by the British company Wildlife Computing.
It has a built in database of all the worlds Bird species and subspecies, all the worlds Mammals, European and North American Dragonflies and Butterflies.
The below year-lists are generated from Wildlife Recorder.

Year-lists available below, sorted by species

2005 - 316 species 2005 report

2006 - 337 species 2006 report

2007 - 321 species 2007 report

2008 - 325 species 2008 report

2009 - 323 species 2009 report

2010 - 323 species 2010 report

2011 - 345 species 2011 report

2012 - 347 species 2012 report

2013 - 341 species 2013 report

2014 - 331 species 2014 report

2015 - 324 species 2015 report

2016 - 327 species 2016 report

2017 - 222 species 2017 report - updated 20 May 2017


UAE Abundance Diagram via eBird

Via eBird, check here



The three must-have bird books for the region are:

- Birds of the Middle East 2nd edition by Richard Porter and Simon Aspinall.
Published in 2010, Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd.


- Birds of the United Arab Emirates by Richard Porter and Simon Aspinall
Published in 2011, Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd.


- Collins Bird Guide 2nd edition by Lars Svensson, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterstrom and Peter J Grant.
Published in 2010, Harper Collins
Also available in large format


An excellent off-road guide to the UAE is the UAE Off-Road
Publisher: Explorer Publishing
An off-road UAE website is found here



Odonata checklist

A checklist of UAE Damselflies and Dragonflies with links to species
photographed in the UAE is found here
Damselflies & Dragonflies

The above checklist is based on An Updated Illustrated Checklist of Dragonflies and Damselflies of the UAE by Gary R. Feulner, Robert W. Reimer and Richard J. Hornby, published in Tribulus vol. 17 (2007), pp. 37-62 , which also includes basic information about the habitats and behaviour of UAE species.
Download checklist


That article has been supplemented by Errata and Addenda: Updated Illustrated Checklist of Dragonflies of the UAE -- including a third species of Ischnura damselfly by Reimer, Feulner and Hornby in Tribulus vol. 18 (2009), pp. 28-36.
Link here


Other lists

Two lists, one of UAE terrestrial mammals the other of reptiles and amphibians can be found below.
They have links to photos of species photographed in the UAE.


Reptiles & amphibians


The same list, which is made by the Terrestrial Environment Research Centre is found here
Download checklist




An introduction to UAE insects and other arthropods by Brigitte Howarth can be found here
Download checklist

And a good article online here


IUCN Red List – species in UAE. Updated June 2017

Categories of threat:

CR – Critically endangered



NT- Near-threatened

All species on the UAE list not listed below are LC (Least concern).

1. Ferruginous Duck NT

2. Common Pochard VU

3. Flesh-footed Shearwater NT

4. Sooty Shearwater NT

5. Jouanin’s Petrel NT

6. Swinhoe’s Storm-Petrel NT

7. Socotra Cormorant VU

8. Egyptian Vulture EN

9. Lappet-faced Vulture EN

10. Steppe Eagle EN

11. Eastern Imperial Eagle VU

12. Greater Spotted Eagle VU

13. Pallid Harrier NT

14. Sooty Falcon NT

15. Saker Falcon NT

16. Asian Houbara VU

17. Eurasian Oystercatcher NT

18. Northern Lapwing NT

19. Sociable Lapwing CR

20. Eurasian Curlew NT

21. Bar-tailed Godwit NT

22. Black-tailed Godwit NT

23. Great Knot EN

24. Curlew Sandpiper NT

25. European Turtle-Dove VU

26. Alexandrine Parakeet NT

27. Omani Owl DD

28. Meadow Pipit NT

29. Cinereous Bunting NT

30. Yellow-breasted Bunting EN

Formerly Near-threatened but recently re-evaluated and moved to Least Concern:

- European Roller

- Semi-collared Flycatcher