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The semi-desert area of Ras Baalbek … A hidden Gem

By Fouad Itani The semi-desert area of Ras Baalbek in the northern Bekaa region is a barren area where little precipitation occurs and consequently living conditions there are hostile to both fauna and flora. What makes this area special is a wide selection of biome-restricted species rarely found elsewhere in Lebanon. This attracts few birdwatchers but also, unfortunately, unethical hunters and poachers.     …

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The Eurasian Skylark still faces a number of threats in Lebanon

By Fouad Itani The Eurasian Skylark is a small passerine bird from the Alaudidae family. It measures 18 cm in length, with a wingspan of 39 cm, and an average weight of 40 g. Like most larks, the Eurasian Skylark is a brown to sandy grey bird, it has a buff breast with dark streaks, a white belly, and a …

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Interesting bird records for Lebanon – Sandgrouse volume 39 (2) Summer 2017

Sandgrouse is published by Ornithological Society of the Middle East- OSME and contains papers and short notes on the ornithology of the OSME region, provides bird and conservation news from the region and a comprehensive round up of bird sightings in the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The current issue of Sandgrouse is volume 39 (2) Summer 2017 …

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The Blue-cheeked Bee-eater (Merops persicus)

By Fouad Itani   The Blue-cheeked Bee-eater is a richly colored bird from the Meropidae family. It measures 30 cm in length, with a wingspan of 47 cm, and an average weight of 45 g. It is predominantly bright green, with contrasting blue cheeks, black eye stripe, a yellow throat, a brown upper breast, and rusty brown underwings. It possesses two elongated …

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Meet The Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

By Fouad Itani The Eurasian Spoonbill is a large wading bird from the Threskiornithidae family. It measures 85 cm in length, with a wingspan of 120 cm, and an average weight of 1500 g. The Eurasian Spoonbill has a distinctive long spatulate rigged black bill with yellow tip, pure white plumage, red eyes, and black feet. Both sexes are similar, with …

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Evidence of Eurasian Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus breeding in Lebanon

GHASSAN RAMADAN-JARADI, FOUAD ITANI & ASSAD SERHAL Eurasian Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus is a summer breeder in Turkey (Kirwan et al 1998, Boyla 2016), a resident breeder in Cyprus (BirdLife International 2015), summer breeding visitor and passage migrant in Syria (Murdoch & Betton 2008), scarce summer breeder in Jordan (Andrews et al 1999) and passage migrant, common resident and common …

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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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News in Photos: The common myna is a threat to native birds

By Fouad Itani The common myna (Acridotheres tristis) is a  large stocky starling from the Sturnidae family. It measures 23 cm in length, with a wingspan of 40 cm, and an average weight of 120 g. The common myna has a chocolate brown body, a black glossy hood and a yellow patch behind the eye. It has white patches on the wings which …

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The European robin (Erithacus rubecula)

By Fouad Itani The European robin (Erithacus rubecula), is a distinctive looking bird from the Muscicapidae family. It measures 14cm in length, with a wingspan of 22cm, and an average weight of 18g. The European robin  is by far the king of the gardens and one of the most beautiful chats to occur in the region. It has a distinctive orange breast …

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News in Photos: Birds of Lebanon and the Middle East

Fouad Itani is a professional nature photographer from Beirut, Lebanon. He lives in Dubai,UAE. He focuses almost all of his efforts on capturing intimate images of birds in their natural habitat. Fouad is especially well known for his portraits of rare and difficult to photograph birds from Lebanon and the middle east. He publish his photos on Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/birdsoflebanon …

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