Libyan bird list

This is work in progress but I am confident it's an improvement on other,often older lists. Feel free to use it.


STOP PRESS: Latest changes having read some more reports - added Slavonian Grebe and Pied Kingfisher seen by the UN winter wetland counters in 2006


I have put in bold the species I have seen in Libya. 30 or so species I have seen elsewhere in the world. These are not marked. My observed birds list a bit embarrassing in places -for example I have still not seen a barbary falcon!


I aim to add occurrence details (based on research, personal communications and own observations) as and when I get time.


I am aware that the Libyan EGA is preparing an official list and would hope the two look similar.


I would love Libya to have a national rarities committee too!







LIBYAN BIRDS


Greylag Goose Anser anser 
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea 
Common Shelduck Tadorna tadorna 
Pintail Anas acuta
Gadwall Anas strepera 
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope 
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos 
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata 
Garganey Anas querquedula 
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca 
Cape Teal Anas capensis 
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina 
Common Pochard Aythya ferina 
Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca 
Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula 
Black Scoter Melanitta nigra 
Smew Mergellus albellus 
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala 
Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara 
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix 
Little Grebe Tachybaptus ruficollis 
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus 
Black necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis 
Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus 
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea 
Levantine Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan 
Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus 
European Storm-Petrel Hydrobates pelagicus 
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus 
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis 
Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus 
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea 
Great Egret Ardea alba 
Little Egret Egretta garzetta 
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia 
Black Stork Ciconia nigra 
White Stork Ciconia ciconia 
Osprey Pandion haliaetus 
European Honey-Buzzard Pernis apivorus 
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus 
Red Kite Milvus milvus 
Black Kite Milvus migrans 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus 
Eurasian Griffon Gyps fulvus 
Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus 
Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus 
Eurasian Marsh-Harrier Circus aeruginosus 
Pallid Harrier Circus macrourus 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus 
Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus 
Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis 
Eurasian Buzzard Buteo buteo 
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus 
Rough-legged Buzzard Buteo lagopus 
Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina 
Greater Spotted Eagle Aquila clanga 
Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos 
Bonelli's Eagle Aquila fasciata 
Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni 
Eurasian Kestrel Falco tinnunculus 
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus 
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae 
Sooty Falcon Falco concolor 
Merlin Falco columbarius 
Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo 
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus 
Saker Falcon Falco cherrug 
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus 
Barbary Falcon Falco pelegrinoides 
Corn Crake Crex crex 
Water Rail Rallus aquaticus 
Little Crake Porzana parva 
Baillon's Crake Porzana pusilla 
Spotted Crake Porzana porzana 
Striped Crake Aenigmatolimnas marginalis 
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 
Eurasian Coot Fulica atra 
Houbara Bustard Chlamydotis undulata 
Little Bustard Tetrax tetrax 
Common Crane Grus grus 
Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus 
Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus 
White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus 
Spur winged lapwing Plover Pluvialis spinosus 
European Golden-Plover Pluvialis apricaria 
Lesser Sand-Plover Charadrius mongolus 
Greater Sand-Plover Charadrius leschenaultii 
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus 
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula 
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius 
Eurasian Dotterel Charadrius morinellus 
Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus 
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta 
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus 
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos 
Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus 
Spotted Redshank Tringa erythropus 
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia 
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis 
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola 
Common Redshank Tringa totanus 
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus 
Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris ?
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata 
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa 
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica 
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres 
Red Knot Calidris canutus 
Sanderling Calidris alba 
Little Stint Calidris minuta 
Temminck's Stint Calidris temminckii 
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos 
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima 
Dunlin Calidris alpina 
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea 
Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus 
Ruff Philomachus pugnax 
Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus 
Great Snipe Gallinago media 
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago 
Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola 
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus 
Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius 
Small Buttonquail Turnix sylvaticus 
Egyptian Plover Pluvianus aegyptius 
Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola 
Black-winged Pratincole Glareola nordmanni 
Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei 
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 
Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus 
Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus 
Audouin's Gull Ichthyaetus audouinii 
Mew Gull Larus canus 
Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis 
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans 
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons 
Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica 
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger 
White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida 
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo 
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea 
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis 
Lesser Crested Tern Thalasseus bengalensis 
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 
Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus 
Pin-tailed Sandgrouse Pterocles alchata
Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse Pterocles lichtensteinii 
Spotted Sandgrouse Pterocles senegallus 
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles orientalis 
Crowned Sandgrouse Pterocles coronatus 
Rock Pigeon Columba livia feral (introduced) 
Stock Dove Columba oenas 
Collared dove Streptopelia decaocto
European Turtle-Dove Streptopelia turtur 
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis 
Barn Owl Tyto alba 
European Scops-Owl Otus scops 
Pharaoh Eagle-Owl Bubo ascalaphus 
Little Owl Athene noctua 
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus 
Red-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus ruficollis 
Eurasian Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus 
Egyptian Nightjar Caprimulgus aegyptius 
Common Swift Apus apus 
Pallid Swift Apus pallidus 
Alpine Swift Apus melba 
Little Swift Apus affinis 
Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis 
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus 
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster 
European Roller Coracias garrulus 
Abyssinian Roller Coracias abyssinicus 
Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops 
Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla 
Black-crowned Tchagra Tchagra senegalus 
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio 
Iberian Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis
Desert Grey Shrike Lanius elegans 
Great Grey Shrike Lanius excalibur
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus 
Woodchat Shrike Lanius senator 
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix 
Pied Crow Corvus albus 
Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis 
Common Raven Corvus corax 
Greater Hoopoe-Lark Alaemon alaudipes 
Dupont's Lark Chersophilus duponti 
Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix nigriceps 
Bar-tailed Lark Ammomanes cinctura 
Desert Lark Ammomanes deserti 
Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey 
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra 
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla 
Lesser Short-toed Lark Calandrella rufescens 
Crested Lark Galerida cristata 
Thekla Lark Galerida theklae 
Sky Lark Alauda arvensis 
Woodlark Lullula arborea 
Temminck's Lark Eremophila bilopha 
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia 
Eurasian Crag-Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris 
Rock Martin Ptyonoprogne fuligula 
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica 
Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica 
Common House-Martin Delichon urbicum 
African Blue Tit Cyanistes teneriffae 
Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes 
Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla 
Willow Warbler Phylloscopus trochilus 
Common Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita 
Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler Phylloscopus orientalis 
Wood Warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix 
Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus 
Eastern Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais pallida 
Western Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais opaca 
Melodious Warbler Hippolais polyglotta 
Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina 
Moustached Warbler Acrocephalus melanopogon 
Aquatic Warbler Acrocephalus paludicola 
Sedge Warbler Acrocephalus schoenobaenus 
Eurasian Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus 
Marsh Warbler Acrocephalus palustris 
Great Reed-Warbler Acrocephalus arundinaceus 
Common Grasshopper-Warbler Locustella naevia 
Savi's Warbler Locustella luscinioides 
Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis 
Streaked Scrub-Warbler Scotocerca inquieta 
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla 
Garden Warbler Sylvia borin 
Eastern Orphean Warbler Sylvia crassirostris 
Greater Whitethroat Sylvia communis 
Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca 
African Desert Warbler Sylvia deserti 
Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata 
Tristram's Warbler Sylvia deserticola 
Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata 
Marmora's Warbler Sylvia sarda 
Rueppell's Warbler Sylvia rueppelli 
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans 
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala 
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata 
European Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca 
Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis 
Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva 
European Robin Erithacus rubecula 
Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia 
Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos 
Bluethroat Luscinia svecica 
Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas galactotes 
Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros 
Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus 
Moussier’s Redstart Phoenicurus moussieri 
White-crowned Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga 
Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucura 
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe 
Maghreb Wheatear Oenanthe halophilia
Mourning Wheatear Oenanthe lugens 
Finsch's Wheatear Oenanthe finschii 
Red-rumped Wheatear Oenanthe moesta 
Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka 
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica 
Kurdish Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna 
Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti 
Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina 
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra 
Stonechat Saxicola torquatus 
Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrush Monticola saxatilis 
Blue Rock-Thrush Monticola solitarius 
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus 
Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula 
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris 
Redwing Turdus iliacus 
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos 
Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus 
Fulvous Babbler Turdoides fulva 
Rosy Starling Pastor roseus 
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris 
Spotless Starling Sturnus unicolor 
Dunnock Prunella modularis 
Citrine Wagtail Motacilla cirteola
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea 
White Wagtail Motacilla alba 
Yellow wagtail Motacilla flava
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris 
Meadow Pipit Anthus pratensis 
Tree Pipit Anthus trivialis 
Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus 
Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta 
Rock Bunting Emberiza cia 
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana 
Cretzschmar’s Bunting Emberiza caesia 
House Bunting Emberiza striolata 
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala 
Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus 
Corn Bunting Emberiza calandra 
Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs 
Brambling Fringilla montifringilla 
Trumpeter Finch Bucanetes githagineus 
European Greenfinch Chloris chloris 
Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra 
European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis 
Eurasian Linnet Carduelis cannabina 
European Serin Serinus serinus 
Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes 
House Sparrow Passer domesticus 
Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis 
Desert Sparrow Passer simplex 
Rock Petronia Petronia petronia