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Bird Watching in Dubai


Dubai, at just 3900 sq kms is not large by any standards, but its geographical position halfway between Europe and Asia and its fine weather means that it has become one of the fastest growing holiday destinations in the world. Dubai is also on a major migration route for birds travelling from Asia to Africa and versa, as well as having many species that live there year round. Around 400 species have been seen here, but many on the list are unusual, rare or just plain spectacular.

Despite its small size, Dubai is blessed with a range of different habitats; mountains, off shore islands and rocky outcrops, mangrove swamps, tidal wetlands, mud flats, lagoons and desert scrub. This variety attracts a wide variety of species, seabirds, Sand grouse, Bee-eaters, flamingos, kingfishers, eagles, vultures, owls, plovers, gulls, terns, flycatchers, larks, wheatears et al.

Over 1000 greater flamingos winter at the protected Khor Dubai Wildlife Sanctuary, just a few minutes of the centre of town, and also home to Western Reef herons, Spotted Eagles, Lesser Sand plovers, Broad-billed and Terek Sandpipers.

Another unlikely but important location is the Emirates Golf Club, where you can find Red-wattled lapwings, Pacific Golden Plovers, Pintail Snipe, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse and Isabelline shrikes; however special permissions are required to visit both of these locations.