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Meet the Curlews the largest waders from the Scolopacidae family to occur in Lebanon

By Fouad Itani Curlews are the largest waders from the Scolopacidae family to occur in Lebanon. They are given their name by their loud and distinctive “curl-ooo” call they produce. Two species have been recorded in the country so far ; The Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus),and the Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata). They measure 55 cm in length, with a wingspan of …

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US desert songbirds at risk in a warming climate

Projected increases in the frequency, intensity and duration of heatwaves in the desert of the southwestern United States are putting songbirds at greater risk for death by dehydration and mass die-offs, according to a new study. Researchers used hourly temperature maps and other data produced by the North American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS) — a land-surface modeling effort maintained …

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10 amazing birds that have gone extinct

By Irene Lorenzo BirdLife is proud to announce that Volume 2 of the Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World is now available to purchase. Published  by Lynx Edicions in association with HBW and BirdLife International, Volume 2 chronicles the world’s passerines (perching birds), and completes the most exhaustive illustrated checklist of birds ever compiled, with stunning, full-colour portraits …

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Saving the Egyptian Vulture – Have your say!

By Stoyan Nikolov As part of the EU LIFE+ project ‘The Return of the Neophron’, a public consultation exercise on its proposed ‘Flyway Action Plan’ (EVFAP) has been launched to save the Egyptian Vulture. Stoyan Nikolov explains how – and why – citizens should take this opportunity to participate and have their say. There was a time when the striking …

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Gulls

By Fouad Itani Gulls are small to large seabirds of the Laridae family, many of which also live inland. They have heavy bodies with long slim wings, long necks, long bills, and webbed feet. Gulls can fly exceptionally well and they also swim buoyantly and posses strong legs, which give them reasonably good mobility on the ground. Their colors vary between white, …

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The Horned lark (Eremophila alpestris)

By Fouad Itani  The Horned lark (Eremophila alpestris) is a distinctive-looking lark from the Alaudidae family. It measures 16cm in length, with a wingspan of 32cm, and an average weight of 45g. The Horned lark  is by far the most beautiful lark to occur in the region. It has a crescent-shaped patch on its breast, a black stripe on its face, and beautiful …

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The reappearance of the Syrian Brown Bear in Lebanon

  By Fouad Itani  The Syrian brown bear (Ursus arctos syriacus) is the smallest subspecies of brown bears from the Ursidae family. It is native to the Middle East and the Caucasus and it is the only species of bears to have occurred in Lebanon. It has a stocky round build with long grey-brown fur. It has an average size …

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New year, new birds: 10 newly-recognised species

By Alex Dale BirdLife is proud to announce that Volume 2 of the Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World is now available to purchase. Published  by Lynx Edicions in association with HBW and BirdLife International, Volume 2 chronicles the world’s passerines (perching birds), and completes the most exhaustive illustrated checklist of birds ever compiled, with stunning, full-colour portraits …

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First breeding records of warblers, wheatear in Iraq

By Laith Ali Al-Obeidi In recent years, Nature Iraq (BirdLife Partner) has recorded two breeding firsts in the country. In May 2012, I accompanied Richard Porter in bird surveys in Iraqi Kurdistan,in the ChamiRazan area northwest of the city of Sulaimani. It was here that we got our first sighting of Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus breeding; a pair were collecting …

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Saving the vultures of Saudi Arabia

By Dr. Mohammad Shobraq An overview of the vulture species that nest in Saudi Arabia, the threats they are facing and what BirdLife is doing to help them. Vultures are one of the most threatened families of birds in the entire world and their decline has been shockingly rapid. Some species in Africa and the Indian subcontinent have declined by …

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