Red-wattled Lapwing – Khafrah Marsh

  • 16
    Shares


Whilst birding the Khafrah Marsh area on 9 March I saw three adult . The species is scarce in with records from Riyadh, the Empty Quarter and the Eastern Province.

This species is a resident breeder at wetlands in eastern Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait, and is gradually colonizing westwards. It would be great to think that the birds breeding to the north and south of us are trying to join up their breeding ranges, but so far it has not yet been recorded to breed in Saudi Arabia.

Red-wattled Lapwing

In the Eastern province it is regarded as a scarce passage migrant and winter visitor although records are becoming more common with over twenty birds seen together at Shaybah in recent years with others near Hofuf, Jubail and Dhahran.

There have been a number of suspected breeding birds seen but no actual confirmation of the species breeding in the Kingdom.

These three birds are in suitable habitat for breeding and are very flighty not allowing close approach so could potentially be thinking of breeding.

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing

 

Subscribe to our FREE Newsletter

 

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington is a keen birder and amateur photographer located in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia where he goes birding every day. Jem was born in England and is a serious local patch and local area birder who has been birding for almost forty years and has birded in more than fifty countries. Jem is learning to ring birds in Bahrain as a perfect way to learn more about the birds of the area. Saudi Arabia is a very much under-watched and under-recorded country.

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington

Jem Babbington is a keen birder and amateur photographer located in Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia where he goes birding every day. Jem was born in England and is a serious local patch and local area birder who has been birding for almost forty years and has birded in more than fifty countries. Jem is learning to ring birds in Bahrain as a perfect way to learn more about the birds of the area. Saudi Arabia is a very much under-watched and under-recorded country.

Share this post with your friends

  • 16
    Shares


Facebook Comments

Leave a Reply

Please Login to comment
avatar