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Wadi Faynan migrant birds

We have selected to feature 88 of the 187 birds that have been seen in Faynan, choosing those most likely to be seen and some of the most elusive, many of which were also present in the Neolithic. We present these birds in two sections, those which are resident and might be seen all year round, and the migrants, to be seen either in the spring or the autumn. Click on the linked bird names below to see additional information about them.  

We then present a further 23 birds that are represented in the bird bones at the Neolithic site of WF16 but no longer seen in Faynan. These show how the habitats in Faynan have changed, indicating that there was once much more water and woodland than is found today. 

Common Teal Anas crecca

Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Common Quail Coturnix coturnix

White Stork Ciconia ciconia

Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus

Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus

Steppe Buzzard Buteo buteo vulpinus

Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus

Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca

Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis

Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga

Lesser Spotted Eagle Clanga pomarina

Pallid and Montagu’s Harriers
Circus macrourus and Circus pygargu

Hen and Marsh Harrier
Circus cyaneus and Circus aeruginosus

Black Kite Milvus migrans

Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus

Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes

Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

Short-toed Snake-eagle Circaetus gallicus

Western Water Rail Rallus aquaticus

Corncrake Crex crex

Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus

Common Crane Grus grus

Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur

Eurasian Scops-owl Otus scops

European Roller Coracias garrulus

Common Blackbird Turdus merula

Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea

Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus