The Jordan Bird Records Committee

JBRC was set up in April 1999 to assess records of rare birds in Jordan.

The committee members are Fares Khoury (secretary), Ian Andrews, Richard Porter, Erik Hirschfeld & Feras Rahahleh. Former members include Derek Moore, Mike Evans and Khaldun Omari.

  • As a guideline, all species that have been recorded less than 10 times in Jordan should be verified with a description (see list below). Species that have recently become rare are also included.
  • Please send records to Dr. Fares Khoury (JBRC secretary) E-mail: avijordan2000@yahoo.com; Descriptions are preferred in digital form (email), as they are circulated in this format.
  • A suggested record description form is attached, see below.
  • all decisions are published on this page (see below) and on the facebook page of the Jordan Birdwatching Club 
Crested Honey-Buzzard, JBW
Crested Honey-Buzzard, JBW

List of species to be considered by JBRC

updated 2019, IJA, FK

SpeciesScientific nameBOJ: records to end 1994JBR: 1995-97, plus some older1998-2020Comments
Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica -1 (I) -
Atlantic Petrel Pterodroma incerta -2 (I) -
Soft-plumaged Petrel Pterodroma mollis -1 (I) -
Streaked Shearwater Calonectris leucomelas -2 (I) -
Pale-footed Shearwater Puffinus carneipes -1 (I)-
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus 3+3->5
Wilson's Petrel Oceanites oceanicus -1 (I) -
Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus -1 (I)1
Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus old-5+
DarterAnhinga melanogasterold--
Lesser Frigatebird Fregata ariel -1 (I)-
Pink-backed PelicanPelecanus rufescens--1
Green-backed/striated Heron Butorides striatus 1-10+Only records away from Aqaba will be considered
Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia 1--DIMW
Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala -1 (I)-
Goliath Heron Ardea goliath -1 -
Yellow-billed Stork Mycteria ibis -1 (I)-
Mute Swan Cygnus olor --1 Published in Sandgrouse
Bewick's/Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus -1 (I)1
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus--1
White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons 2+1 (I)1
Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus -1 (I)2
Bean GooseAnser fabilis --1
Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegytiaga--10+only records away from Aqaba will be considered
Cotton Pygmy-gooseNettapus coromandelianus--1
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea 5-712 records
Cotton Teal Nettapus coromandelianus -1-
Falcated Duck Anas falcata 1--
Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis -1 (I)-
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala -1 (I) -
Marbled Duck Marmaronetta angustirostris 5+?
Only old records
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina5-2>5
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator--1
Red Kite Milvus milvus 3+1-
Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus to 1980s+1 (I)-
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus 1+ several-
Black Vulture Aegypius monachus 3+-5+8+ records
Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus 3--
Common BuzzardButeo buteo buteo--7+Many recent sightings
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptylorhinchus

7+All in Aqaba
Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga 4+23+c. 10 records
Verreaux's Eagle Aquila verreauxii++3+Rarely seen after 1999
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae 5+2->5
Saker Falco cherrug several+32>5
Peregrine Falco peregrinus several+35+c. 10 records
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio -1 (I)3
Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo -1 (I) 1
Siberian White CraneGrus leucogeranus

Houbara / Maqueen’s Bustard Chlamydotis undulata / maqueeniifew post 1979+c.51+>5, reintroductions in 2014-2016
Crab Plover Dromas ardeola -1 (I)-
Egyptian Plover Pluvianus aegyptius 1?--
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni 7+11>5
Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva 1--
European Golden PloverPluvialis apricaria --2
Blackhead Plover Hoplopterus tectus 1--
Red-wattled Plover Hoplopterus indicus --1Apr 99
Sociable Plover Chettusia gregaria old + 1 recent-3
Knot Calidris canutus 1--
Sanderling Calidris alba 2--
Great Snipe Gallinago media 4--
Pintail Snipe Gallinago stenura -1 (I) -
Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola 2+3-
Painted Snipe Rostratula benghalensis--1
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica 4-1
Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris 1--DIMW
Red PhalaropePhalaropus fulicarius --1
Pectoral SandpiperCalidris melanotos--1
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus 1-2
Pomarine Skua Stercorarius pomarinus 3--
Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus 3--
South Polar Skua Stercorarius maccormicki -1 (I) -
Sooty Gull Larus hemprichii -1 (I) -
Little Gull Larus minutus 3+2 2>5
Sabine's Gull Larus sabini -1 (I) -
Grey-headed Gull Larus cirrocephalus 1--
Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii 1-1
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus 1--
Yellow-legged GullLarus michaellis-?-Recent taxonomic separation
KittiwakeRissa tridactyla-1 (I)1
Crested Tern Sterna bergii 1--
Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis 2-1
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea -1 (I) -
White-cheeked Tern Sterna repressa 2--
Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus 1-

Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse Pterocles lichtensteinii -several (I) 3
Chestnut-bellied SandgrousePterocles exustus 1--
Woodpigeon Columba palumbus old + 2 recent-2
African Collared Dove Streptopelia roseogrisea -1 (I) -
Eurasian Eagle OwlBubo bubo-1+1+Recent taxonomic separation
Pallid Scops OwlOtus bruceic. 3--
Brown Fish Owl Ketupa zeylonensis old--
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus c. 5+1 (I)1>5
Nubian Nightjar Caprimulgus nubicus 3+ (I) 3+Only records away from Fifa & Tassan-Bweirdah will be considered
Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius 4-sev
Black-crowned Finch-lark Eremopterix nigriceps -1 (I) -
Asian Short-toed Lark Calandrella cheleensis-?-
Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula--1
Richard's Pipit Anthus novaeseelandiae c. 5--
Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni -1 (I)5
Blyth's PipitAnthus godlewskii--1
Buff-bellied PipitAnthus rubescens --1
White-cheeked Bulbul Pycnonotus leucogenys 1+1+10Escape problem / only records away from Azraq will be considered
Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis -1 --
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris -1 1
Black Bush RobinCercotrichas podobe--4
Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka ---
Kurdish Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna 3+1 1+
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus 1+1 2
Redwing Turdus iliacus 2+11
Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia 2-1
Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola--1
Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola ?--
Booted Warbler Iduna caligata c. 6-1>5
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum c. 6+2 +1>5
Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina 5-+2>5
Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax 3+25 birds -Around 10 records
Arabian WarblerSylvia leucomelaenasevsevsevRecent decline, only records after 2016 will be considered
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus --1Oct 98
Goldcrest Regulus regulus 2-2
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria 1--
Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius (e.) pallidirostris-1 +1
Isabelline ShrikeLanius isabellinus--1Recent taxonomic separation
Turkestan ShrikeLanius phoenicuroidesc.4-3Recent taxonomic separation
Long-tailed ShrikeLanius schach--1
Rook Corvus frugilegus old + 1 recent--
Bank MynaAcridotheres ginginianus--1introduced
Rose-coloured Starling Sturnus roseus 31+ 3>5
Yellow-throated SparrowGymnoris xanthocollis--1
Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillis -1 2
Crossbill Loxia curvirostra --2Oct - Dec 98
Scarlet Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus 1-4
Red AvadavatAmandava amandava--1Escapee
Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica--2
Pine Bunting Emberiza leucocephalos -21
Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea 71+ 1+Around 10 records
Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla 1--
Red-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps --1Sep 98

(I) = birds seen in Jordan from Israel. These are included on the Jordan List with the caveat that they were only seen from adjacent territory and with the proviso that the record must be accepted by the Israeli Records Committee.

BOJ = The Birds of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (1995)

JBR = Jordan Bird Report 1995-97. Sandgrouse (1999)