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The Following Reports are available from Syria:
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Syria April 2nd - 11th

  • This was the second tour to Syria operated by Birdwatching Breaks following our ground-breaking tour of 2006. Once again the country demonstrated what excellent birding it can offer, with specialities including Northern Bald Ibis, Iraq Babbler, Syrian Serin, White-cheeked Bulbul and a wide selection of migrants and late wintering species all recorded during the course of the trip...Chris Bradshaw reports for Birdwatching Breaks.

Turkey and Syria 11-26 August 2007

  • Hoopoe Lark was common along the road from the highway to the reserve, what a great bird! In the reserve we had only one goal: seeing Pharaoh Eagle Owl....Sander Bot reports.

Syria 19th – 26th September 2002

  • The main objective of our trip to Syria was to see Iraq Babbler, a species only recently found to be present along the river Euphrates around Deir-es-Zor, hundreds of miles from known nest sites in Iraq. The prospect of good numbers of migrants and the chance to make an ornithological discovery in this very underwatched country also appealed....Dominic Le Croissette reports

Syria (Bradt Travel Guides.) Available direct from Bradt travel guides
Diana Darke: Buy from or

  • Western birders are slowly waking up to the possibility of excellent birding in this remarkably safe and secular Arab Country. Diana Darke has been visiting for 25 years and has a huge depth of knowledge about the country and its peoples. Check out the sections on natural history and the Talila reserve near Palmyra, Syria's first.


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Some Useful bird books for Syria:
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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 Turkey

Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Described by some as the best field guide in the world, and 15 years in the making. Has it been Worth the Wait?...Yes definately! If you buy just 1 book a year then make sure that its this one. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators..and it shows..check out the plates on tern, Skuas, and the Ducks...not forgetting the Finches and Crossbills.

Recommended Travel books for Syria:

Lonely Planet: Syria
Andrew Humphreys, Damien Simonis: Buy from or

  • This guide to Syria offers political, historical and cultural information as well as tips on how to get involved in an archaeological dig and details of souqs, mosques and Crusader castles.
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