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Jordan 31st March-17th April 2011

  • This was a combined birdwatching and sight-seeing trip, with the balance well in favour of birdwatching! We had been attracted to Jordan by the itineraries produced by Naturetrek, by the desire to see Petra and Wadi Rum, by the possibility of picking up quite a few “lifers”, by the expected pleasant climate in the Spring, and by the idea of birdwatching in an almost un-birdwatched location...Rosemary Royle reports.

Jordan 31st October - 6th November 2010

  • Don't miss out on a trip to Petra! Birdwise, we added Fan-tailed Raven, Mourning Wheatear, Sinai Rosefinch and Scrub Warbler to our list...Alison and Colin Parnell report.

Jordan Late May 2010

  • If you plan to go birding in Jordan, be prepared, because it seems to be a destination that is just at the dawn of ecotourism. Also, be prepared to be disappointed...a cautionary tale by David T. Bell

Jordan November 2009

  • This report covers birds seen during a one week holiday in Jordan in November 2009.  The holiday was based at the Tala Bay Movenpick...Graeme Wright reports.
Mourning Wheatear

Jordan, 17 October - 2 November 2007

  • For my second birding trip with my wife Dina to the Middle East, after the one to Oman in 2006, I chose Jordan, as this is a safe country, with generous and welcoming people, wonderful archaeological sites, and, of course, a lot of birds...Ernesto Occhiato reports.

Trip through the Middle East (Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Turkey) 14 March to 28 April 2004

  • From 14 March to 28 April 2004, we visited the Middle East on a combined culture and birdwatching holiday. We had a great time and many nice observations throughout, and mostly nice weather. From a birding point of view, certain species are missing, that may be found on a pure birdwatching trip...Christoph Haag reports

Birding trip to Jordan 7-12 March, 2002

  • Jordan proved to be an excellent destination for Middle East birding. The country is safe and beautiful, people are extraordinarily helpful and roads are generally good and well signposted in English as well as Arabic. Taking into account that in neighboring Israel the situation was the worst in many years, I never had the slightest problem....Ignacio Yúfera reports.

Red rocks, pink birds and blue lizards: Jordan 21st August- 5th September, 2001

  • Combining some amazing geology, a 2000 year-old ancient city and some very good birds, Petra can safely be labelled as a top class site for birders with wider interests.  We saw good numbers of the lovely Sinai Rosefinch, and added White-crowned Black Wheatear to our tally. One of these fluttering round a huge knarled fig tree like a Pallas' Leaf Warbler was joined to my delight by a Hooded Wheatear, which I had missed at Dana. We also saw several Fan-tailed Ravens, which fitted perfectly with the historical context, especially of the High Place of Sacrifice, which in days gone by doubtless swam with the blood of slaughtered animals....Mike Kilburn reports.
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Some Useful bird books for Jordan:
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The Birds of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Ian J. Andrews: Buy direct from the Author at a much discounted rate: Click here

  • This book was published in March 1995 and remains the only comprehensive summary of the status and distribution of all 374 bird species recorded in Jordan up until the end of 1994. There are useful summaries about the main habitats and sites and lots of colour photographs of the speciality birdgroups like the larks and Wheatears. Well worth getting.

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Europe's best Field guide. If you only carry one field guide on a trip into Europe then this should be it. It provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of the year, with detailed text on size, habitat, range, identification and voice. Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and numerous illustrations to show the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding, etc).

Birds of the Middle East
R.F. Porter, S. Christensen, P. Schiermacker-Hansen: Buy from or

  • If your going to this region you must buy this book. It is a great break through. Comprehensive and complete, it eliminates the need to carry too many books in the field: we know how important that is! The text is well written by experts, and many of the plates are fantastic; those by John Gale especially stand out; just dream about those raptors! Birds of the Middle East" is the first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively with the birds of this region. It covers all the species, including vagrants likely to be seen in Jordan


Recommended travel books for Jordan

Lonely Planet: Jordan
Damien Simonis, Paul Greeenaway: Buy from or

  • This guide to Jordan features: the low-down on outdoor activities; expanded coverage of major sights; coverage of archaeological sights; an Arabic language chapter; and advice on the best places to stay and eat on any budget.

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