Bulletin 07 April 1979: Species of Birds Seen in the British Embassy Compound, Abu Dhabi during the Year 1 January-31 December 1977
Species of Birds Seen in the British Embassy Compound, Abu Dhabi during the Year 1 January-31 December 1977



Species of Birds Seen in the British Embassy Compound, Abu Dhabi during the Year 1 January-31 December 1977

by D.M. Corfield

The following list shows the species of birds that I saw in the British Embassy compound during 1977 but does not include escapees such as Java Sparrow and Budgerigar or hybrid Bulbul (Red Vented/White Eared)

I am indebted to Mark Hollingworth who freely gave me so much of his time and experience, especially when observing the more difficult or unfamiliar birds. Without his help this list would not have been so comprehensive.

The compound contains the following micro areas:

  1. Desert–open sand areas;
  2. Scrub-sand and bushes;
  3. House and Gardens-lawns, trees, and bushes which are waters daily

The trees/bushes are mixed and consist mainly of the following: Acacia, Flamboyant Tree, Tamarisk, Eucalyptus, Date Palm, Ornamental Palm, Bougainvillea and Oleander

The following insects were also seen in the compound at various times throughout the year: Butterflies-Plane Tiger, Swallowtail, Painted Lady and a species of Veined White and small Blues; also various types of caterpillar:  Oleander Hawk Moth and caterpillar; three types of Dragon Fly; Solitary wasp, Robber flies, Grasshoppers Locust, Bees, Hornets, Hover flies and Ants.

I would also add that the birds I observed must have flown over Abu Dhabi town and settled in the places, therefore, it would be useful if records could be kept for other compounds (ADNAM ADOCM etc) house gardens or even local parks. I’m sure that the bird recorder would be only too willing to both receive these records and assist in recognition.

Finally I have often seen Kestrels take and eat Locust from the top most branches of the Acacia tress.  Have any of the readers seen Kestrels do this?  If so, I would be pleased to hear from them.

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Cirous Aeruginosue (Harsh Harrier)
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Falco tinnunculus (Kestrel)
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Tringa hypoleucos (Common Sandpiper)
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Numenius Pheaopus (Whimbrel)
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Larus Ridibundus (Black Headed Gull)
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Columba Livia (Feral Pigeon)
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Streptopelia Turtur (Turtle Dove)
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Streptopelia Senegalensis (Palm Dove)
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Caprinulgus Europaeus (Nightjar)
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Merops Apiaster (Bee Eater)
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Coracias Garrulus (Roller)
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Psittacula Krameri (Ring Necked Parakeet)
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Upupa Erops (Hoopoe)
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Jynx Torquilla (Wryneck)
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Hirundo Rustica (Swallow)
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Anthus Cervinus (Red Throated Pipit)
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Anthus Hodgsoni (Olive Backed Pipit)
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Motacilla Alba (White Wagtail)
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Motacilla Flava (Yellow Wagtail)
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Pycnonotus Leucotis (White Eared Bulbul)
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Pycnonotus Cafer (Red Vented Bulbul)
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Lanius Nubicus (Masked Shrike)
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Lanius Collurio Collurio (Red Backed Shrike)
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Lanius c. Isabellinus (Isabelline Shrike)
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Acrocephalus Stentoreus (Clamorous Reed Warbler)
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Prinia Gracillis (Graceful Warbler)
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J F M A M J J A S O N D
Hippolais Caligata (Booted Warbler)
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Hippolais Pallida (Olivaceous Warbler)
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Sylvia Communis (Whitethroat)
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Sylvia Minula (Desert Lesser Whitethroat)
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Sylvia Curruca (Lesser Whitethroat)
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Sylvia Mystacea (Menetries Warbler)
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Sylvia Nana (Desert Warbler)
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Phylloscopus Trochilus (Willow Warbler)
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Phylloscopus Collybita (Chiffchaff)
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Muscicapa Striata (Spotted Flycatcher)
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Monticola Solitarius (Blue Rock Thrush)
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Oenanthe Oenanthe (Wheatear)
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Oenanthe Deserti (Desert Wheatear)
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Oenanthe Pleachanka (Pied Wheatear)
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Phoenicurus Phoenicurus (Redstart)
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Irania Gutturalis (White Throated Robin)
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Cercotrichas Galactotes (Rufous Bush Chat)
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Turdus Ruficollis (Black Throated Thrush)
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Turdus Philomelos (Song Thrush)
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Nectarinia Asiatica (Purple Sunbird)
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Emberiza Calandre (Corn Bunting)
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Emberiza Hortulana (Ortolan Bunting)
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Carduelis Spinus (Siskin)
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Carpodacus Erythrinus (Common Rosefinch)
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Passer Domestious (House Sparrow)
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Sturnus Vulgaris (Starling)
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Oriolus Oriolus (Golden Oriole)
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