The Jordan Bird Records Committee (JBRC)

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, &  Feras Rahahleh. Former members include Derek Moore, Mike Evans, Khaldun Omari and Erik Hirschfeld.

  • 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) by E-mail . 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 Jordan Birdwatching Club 
Crested Honey-Buzzard, JBW
Crested Honey-Buzzard, JBW

List of species to be considered by JBRC

updated 2023, IJA, FK
SpeciesScientific nameBOJ:
records to end 1994
JBR, 1995-97, plus some older1998-20192020Comments
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-
Wilson's Petrel Oceanites oceanicus -1 (I) -

Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus -1 (I)1

Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmeus old-6+1
DarterAnhinga melanogasterold--

Lesser Frigatebird Fregata ariel -1 (I)-

Pink-backed PelicanPelecanus rufescens--1
Published in Sandgrouse
Green-backed/striated Heron Butorides striatus 1-11+
Only records away from Aqaba will be considered
Yellow-billed Egret Ardea (intermedia) brachyrhyncha1--
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
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 5-7
12 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
Red-breasted MerganserMergus serrator--1

Red Kite Milvus milvus 3+1-

Lammergeier Gypaetus barbatus to 1980s+1 (I)-

Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus 1+1+-

Black Vulture Aegypius monachus 3+-6+
10 records
Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus 3--

Common BuzzardButeo buteo buteo--10
Many recent sightings
Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptylorhinchus

71All in Aqaba
Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga 42+4+
10+ records
Verreaux's Eagle Aquila verreauxii++3
Rarely seen after 2000
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae 52+-
Saker Falco cherrug several3+2
LannerFalco biarmicusseveral-1?
Recent decline; only records after 2015 will be considered
African Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio madagascariensis -1 (I)3

Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo -1 (I) 1

Siberian White CraneLeucogeranus leucogeranus


Maqueen’s Bustard Chlamydotis 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
Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva 1--

European Golden PloverPluvialis apricaria --2

Blackhead Plover Hoplopterus tectus 1--

Red-wattled Plover Hoplopterus indicus --1
Apr 99
Sociable Plover Chettusia gregaria old + 1 recent-3

Knot Calidris canutus 1--

Sanderling Calidris alba 2--

Great Snipe Gallinago media 4-1

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--
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+22
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 2-2

Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus 1-

Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse Nyctiperdix lichtensteinii-several (I) 3

Chestnut-bellied SandgrousePterocles exustus 1--

Woodpigeon Columba palumbus old + 2 recent-2

African Collared Dove Streptopelia roseogrisea -1 (I) -

Byzantine Eagle OwlBubo bubo interpositus-1+2+

Pallid Scops OwlOtus bruceic. 3--

Brown Fish Owl Bubo zeylonensis old--

Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus c. 51+2+
Nubian Nightjar Caprimulgus nubicus 3+ (I) 10+
Only records away from Fifa & Tassan-Bweirdah will be considered
Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius 4-3+
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+10
Escape problem / only records away from Azraq will be considered
Radde's Accentor Prunella ocularis -1--

Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris -11

Black Bush RobinCercotrichas podobe--5

Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka ---

Kurdish Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna 31+2
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus 11+2

Redwing Turdus iliacus 21+1

Grasshopper Warbler Locustella naevia 2-1

Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola--1

Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola ?--

Booted Warbler Iduna caligata c. 6-1
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum c. 6+22
10 records
Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina 5-+2
Cyprus Warbler Curruca melanothorax 3+25 birds -
Around 10 records
Arabian WarblerCurruca leucomelaenaseveralseveralfew
Recent decline, only records after 2015 will be considered
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus --3

Goldcrest Regulus regulus 2-2

Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria 1--

Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius (e.) pallidirostris-1+1

Isabelline ShrikeLanius isabellinus--2
Recent taxonomic separation
Turkestan ShrikeLanius phoenicuroidesc.4-3
Recent taxonomic separation
Long-tailed ShrikeLanius schach--1

Rook Corvus frugilegus old + 1 recent--

Bank MynaAcridotheres ginginianus--1
Rose-coloured Starling Sturnus roseus 31+5
Yellow-throated SparrowGymnoris xanthocollis--1

Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillis -12

Crossbill Loxia curvirostra --2
Oct - Dec 98
Scarlet Rosefinch Carpodacus erythrinus 1-4

Red AvadavatAmandava amandava--1

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 --1
Sep 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).

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