Additions and Corrections

to the Oman Bird List, Edition 7, by Jens Eriksen and Reginald Victor, SQU, 2013

This list should be read with a copy of OBL7 where the used abbreviations are explained. Scientific names are given only for species new to the Oman Bird List. All records have been approved by the Oman Bird Records Committee (OBRC). The total number of accepted species in Oman now stands at 527 excluding species considered escapes unless these have established sustainable, feral populations. You can download the latest OBL v7.5 here (Right click, then choose Save As...)


Updated 22 June 2017


     Abdim's Stork. New max: 610 at Raysut Sewage Plant (D) 31 Dec 2014

     African Collared Dove. Correction: The scientific name has been changed back to Streptopelia roseogrisea

     African Paradise Flycatcher. New max: 57 at Wadi Sayq (D) 16 Jan - 3 Feb 2013

     African Sacred Ibis. Vagrant, eight records. One at East Khawr and Khawr Rawri (D) 13-18 Nov 2013 [P]; one at Hadbin (D) 19 Jan 2014 [P]; and one at East Khawr (D) 8 Apr 2014 to at least 16 Mar 2015 [p] and seen again, now at Khawr Rawri 1-22 May 2015

     African Skimmer Rynchops flavirostris. Vagrant, one record. Two at Taqah (D) 6 Jan - 26 Feb 2015 [P], seen again at Khawr Rawri 1 May 2015 [P]

     Amur Wagtail. Vagrant, two records. One at Sun Farms, Sohar 8-23 Oct 2013 [P]

     Arabian Golden-winged Grosbeak. New max: 28 at Ayn Hamran (D) 30 Jul 2014

     Arabian Scops Owl Otus pamelae. Name changed from Otus scops pamelae

     Ashy Drongo Dicrurus leucophaeus. Vagrant, one record. One at Qatbit (C) 24-28 Nov 2014 [P]

     Asian Dowitcher Limnodromus semipalmatus. Vagrant, one record. One at Al Ansab Wetland (B) 3 Nov 2015 - 5 Jan 2016 [P]

     Bar-tailed Godwit. New max: 69,124 at Bar Al Hikman (C) Dec 2013

     Black Drongo. Vagrant, Eight records. One at Dawkah Farm (D) 7 Nov 2015 [P]

     Bonelli's Eagle. New max: 11 at Wadi Sayq (D) 16 Jan - 3 Feb 2013

     Black-backed Citrine Wagtail. Vagrant, four records. Adult male at Khawr Rawri (D) 7 Nov 2013 [P] and adult male at Almouj Golf, Muscat (B) 25 Feb 2015 [P]

     Black-bellied Storm Petrel. Vagrant, three records. One at Ras Al Had (B) 15 Aug 2013 [P]

     Black-throated Thrush. New max: 42 at Sayq Plateau (B) 1 Jan 2017

     Black Tern. Rare passage migrant and winter visitor late-Sep to late-April with two records in July

     Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus. Vagrant, one record. Adult at Wadi Darbat (D), 20 Nov 2015 [P]

     Broad-billed Sandpiper. Scientific name changed to Calidris falcinellus

     Brown Shrike. Vagrant, two records. One at Sohar 11-23 Nov 2013 [P]; one at Qatbit (C) 4-5 Jan 2015 [P]

     Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Scientific name changed to Calidris subruficollis

     Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra. Vagrant, one record. Two at Sun Farms, Sohar (B), 6-20 Feb 2015 increasing to four on 21 Feb [P]

     Caspian Stonechat Saxicola maurus hemprichii. Vagrant, nine records. One at Al Mughsayl (D) 2-5 Dec 2010 [P]; one at Sohar 11-23 Nov 2013 [P]; one at Qurayyat (B) 20 Nov 2013 [P]; male at Jarziz Farm (D) 3 Dec 2015 [P]

     Cinereous Vulture. Vagrant, seven records. One at Tawi Atayr (D) 25 Nov 2014 [P], one at Wadi Aydam (D) 10 Feb 2015 [P], one at Raysut Waste Disposal Site (D) 28 Nov 2016 (P), one at Arift (D) 14 Dec 2016 [P]

     Cinnamon Bittern Ixobrychus cinnamomeus. Vagrant, one record. One at Al Ansab Wetland (B) 17 Apr 2014

     Common Greenshank. New max: 1182 at Bar Al Hikman (C) Dec 2013

     Common Hawk-Cuckoo. Vagrant, three records. Juvenile at Al Balid Farm (D) 7 Jan 2016 [P]

     Common Rock Thrush. New max: 100+ at Jabal Qara (D) 4 Oct 2013

     Cory's Shearwater. Vagrant, two records. One off Muscat (B) 21 Jun 2014 [P]

     Crab-plover. New max: 6067 at Bar Al Hikman (C) Dec 2013

     Desert Whitethroat. Deleted. The form Sylvia minula is believed not to reach Oman. The race halimodendri to be listed under Lesser Whitethroat

     Desert Owl Strix hadorami. Name changed from Hume's Owl Strix butleri

     Dunlin. New max: 113,972 at Bar Al Hikman (C) Dec 2013

     Dusky Thrush. Vagrant, five records. One at Qatbit (C) 24 Jan - 1 Mar 2014 [P]

     Dwarf Bittern Ixobrychus sturmii. Vagrant, one record. Juv at Raysut (D) 1 Nov 2013 [P}

     Eastern Bonelli's Warbler. Vagrant, six records. One at Al Balid Farm (D) 20 Nov 2013 [P]

     Eastern Imperial Eagle. New max: 1050 at Raysut Sewage Plant (D) 16 Dec 2014

     Eastern Yellow Wagtail. Vagrant, five records. At least two at Sun Farms, Sohar (B) 20 Sep 2013 - 22 Feb 2014 [P]

     Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae. Vagrant, one record. One at Jarziz Farm, Salalah (D) 12-14 Jun 2015 [P]

     European Golden Plover. Name changed from Eurasian Golden Plover

     European Robin. Vagrant, eight records. One at Muntasar (C) 8 Nov 2015, one at Qatbit (C) 15-20 Nov 2016), one at Wadi Muaydin (B) 13 Dec 2016 [P]

     Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus. Vagrant, one record. Adult at Sun Farms, Sohar (B) 11 Dec 2015

     Eurasian Woodcock. Vagrant, three records. One at Ad Duqm (C) 1 Jan 2014 [P]

     Eyebrowed Thrush. Vagrant, four records. Two at Ayn Hamran (D) 13 Dec 2016 [P]

     Fan-tailed Raven. New max: 339 at Wadi Sayq (D) 16 Jan - 3 Feb 2013

     Flesh-footed Shearwater. Scientific name changed to Ardenna carneipes

     Forest Wagtail. Rare passage migrant and winter visitor early-Oct to mid-mar

     Glossy Ibis. New max: 168 at East Khawr (D) 15 Mar 2015ßœ

     Great Cormorant. New max: 14,465 at Bar Al Hikman (C) Dec 2013

     Great Crested Grebe. Vagrant, seven records. One at Al Qurm Park (B) 3 Oct & 12-21 Nov 2014

     Great Spotted Cuckoo. Vagrant, three records. Juv at Ayn Hamran (D) 3 Oct 2004 and juv at Taqah (D) 7 Nov 2014

     Great White Pelican. Rare passage migrant and winter visitor early-Nov to early-Apr, once on early-Aug.

     Greater Crested Tern. New max: 19,000 at Ad Duqm (C) 15 Mar 2014

     Greater Flamingo. New max: 7741 at Bar Al Hikman (C) Dec 2013

     Greater Painted-snipe. Vagrant, eight records. Adult females at Raysut (D) 26-28 Aug 2015 [P] and at Khawr Rawri (D) 2-3 Nov 2015

     Green-headed Wagtail. Vagrant, five records. At least two at Sun Farms, Sohar (B) 20 Sep 2013 - 22 Feb 2014 [P]

     Grey-headed Swamphen Porphyrio poliocephalus. Name changed from Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio. Vagrant, six records. One at Al Ansab Wetland (B) 29 Oct 2013 - 17 Apr 2014 [P] and one in same place 21 Sep 2014 - 16 Apr 2015 [P]

     Grey-throated Martin. Vagrant, eight records. Two at Sun Farms, Sohar (B) 23 Nov 2013

     Lesser Flamingo. Vagrant, seven records. Up to seven at Khawr Rawri (D) 28 Dec 2015 to at least 23 Feb 2016 [P]

     Lesser Frigatebird. Vagrant, six records. Immature at Hiql, Masirah (E) 3 Nov 2014 [P]; adult male at Haitham (D)m1 Mar 2016 [P]

     Lesser Sand Plover. New max: 60,925 at Bar Al Hikman (C) Dec 2013

     Lesser Short-toed Lark. Scientific name changed to: Alaudala rufescens

     Lesser Whistling Duck. Vagrant, nine records. One at Raysut Water Treatment Plant (D) 27 Nov, moving to Al Mughsayl (D) 29 Nov - 3 Dec 2014 [P]; 11 at Ash Shuwaimiyyah (D) 15 Dec 2014 [P]; two at Ad Duqm (C) 21-24 Dec 2014 [P] and one at Khawr Al Mughsayl (D) 7 May 2015 [P]; 10+ at Saham Sewage Plant (B) 2-29 Jan 2016 [P] with five seen 6 Feb [P], nine on 18 Feb and five on 25 Feb 2016

     Long-billed Dowitcher. New max: 2 at Khawr Rawri (D) 9 Feb 2014

     Long-tailed Skua. Vagrant, eight records. One 2cy off Bandar Khayran (B) 29 May 2015 [P]; two off Al Qurm (B) 19 Sep 2015

     Malachite Kingfisher. Rare passage migrant and winter visitor mid-Sep to early-Mar, once in mid-Jun

     Masked Booby. Correction: max: 20,000 at Jazirat Al Qibliyah (D) 21 Nov 1999

     Matsudaira's Storm Petrel Oceanodroma matsudairae. Vagrant, one record. One off Muscat (B) 19 Aug 2013 [P]

     Merlin. Vagrant, five records. One at Sahnawt Farm (D) 25 Nov - 5 Dec 2014

     Northern Lapwing. New max: eight at Jarziz Farm, Salalah (D) 7 Nov 2007

     Omani Owl Strix butleri. Discovered in Al Jabal Al Akhdar in 2013. Probably an uncommon resident

     Oriental Turtle Dove. English name changed from Rufous Turtle Dove

     Pale Martin. Vagrant, five records. Singles at Raysut Sewage Plant (D) 7 Jan 2015 [P] and 11 Dec 2015 [P]

     Palestine Sunbird. New max: 68 at Wadi Sayq (D) 16 Jan - 3 Feb 2013

     Pallas's Fish Eagle. Vagrant, five records. Juvenile at Raysut (D) 27 Jan - 1 Mar 2016 [P]

     Pied Bush Chat. Vagrant, eight records. One at Barka (B) 25 Oct 2015 [P]

     Pied Kingfisher. Vagrant, eight records. One at Khawr Rawri (D) 1 Nov - 30 Dec 2016 [P]

     Pine Bunting Emberiza leucocephala. Vagrant, one record. Immature at Qatbit (C) 16-18 Nov 2010 [P]

     Red Knot. Vagrant, seven records. Singles in breeding plumage at Barr Al Hikman (C) 13 Nov 2014 [P] and 12 Nov 2015 [P]

     Red Phalarope. English name changed from Grey Phalarope

     Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis. Vagrant, one record. Adult at Sur Sewage Plant (B) 17 Nov 2013 - 19 Jan 2014 [P]

     Red-headed Bunting. Vagrant, six records. Male at Sur Sewage Plant (B) 27 Nov 2013 [P]; male at Sun Farms, Sohar (B) 28 Mar 2014

     Red-knobbed Coot. New max: 10 at West Khawr (D) 15 Oct 2013

     Red-throated Thrush Turdus ruficollis. Vagrant, one record. Immature at Sayq Plateau (B) 29 Jan 2017

     Richard's Pipit. New max: 50 at Sun Farms, Sohar (b) 11 Feb 2011

     Rock Dove. New max: 1359 at Wadi Sayq (D) 16 Jan - 3 Feb 2013

     Ruddy-breasted Crake. Vagrant, two records. One at Wadi Darbat (D) 4 & 7 May 2015 [P]

     Ruff. Scientific name changed to Calidris pugnax. New max: 1024 at East Khawr (D) 12 Nov 2014

     Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin. Scientific name changed to: Cercotrichas galactotes

     Ruppell's Weaver. New max: 1000 at Al Balid Archaeological Park, Salalah (D) 20 Oct 2015

     Sabine's Gull Xema sabini. Vagrant, one record. Adult off Mirbat (D) 19 Nov 2013 [P]

     Sooty Shearwater. Scientific name changed to Ardenna grisea

     South Polar Skua. Vagrant, five records. One at Almouj, Muscat (B) 24 Jun 2015 [P]

     Steppe Eagle. New max: 1500 at Raysut Waste Disposal Site (D) 24 Jan 2017

     Taiga Flycatcher. Vagrant, eight records. One at Wadi Darbat (D) 5-9 Jan 2014 [P]; one at Dawkah Farm (D) 23 Jan 2014 [P]; one at Qatbit (C) 12 Dec 2014 [P]; one at Ayh Tobroq (D) 23 Nov 2014 - 5 Jan 2015 [P]; one at Ayn Tobroq (D) 4-13 Jan 2016 [P], one at Ayn Tobroq (D) 11 Dec 2016

     Tawny Eagle. Vagrant, six records. One at Raysut Waste Disposal Site (D) 20 Nov 2015 [P]

     Terek Sandpiper. New max: 1203 at Ghubbat Hashish (C) Dec 2013

     Verreaux's Eagle. New max: 6 at Wadi Sayq (D) 16 Jan - 3 Feb 2013

     Watercock. Vagrant, six records. One at Khawr Al Mughsayl (D) 21 Jan - 21 Feb 2014 [P]; one at Khawr Taqah (D) 16 Nov 2015

     Wedge-tailed Shearwater. Scientific name changed to Ardenna pacifica

     Western Barn Owl. New max: 8 at Sun Farms, Sohar (B) 20 Feb 2015

     Western Marsh Harrier. New max: 54 at Bar Al Hikman (C) Dec 2013

     Western Reef Heron. New max: 1914 at Bar Al Hikman (C) Dec 2013

     White-breasted Waterhen. New max: three at Raysut Lagoons (D) 16 March 2016

     White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis. Vagrant, one record. One at Hilf, Masirah (E), 2-20 Nov 2015 [P]

     Wire-tailed Swallow. Rare passage migrant and winter visitor early-Nov to early-Mar

     Yellow Bittern. New max: 20+ at East Khawr (D) 3 May 2016

    

Escapes

     Black-rumped Waxbill Estrilda troglodytes. Vagrant, one record. One at Al Qurm Park (B) 22 May 2015 [P]

     Plum-headed Parakeet. Four records. Female at Almouj Golf, Muscat (B) 28 Mar 2014 [P]

     Common Waxbill. Re-entry. Three records. One at Al Qurm Park (B) 13 May 1998 [P] and up to 30 there 21 Aug 1999 to 9 Sep 2013 [P]; one at Salalah (D) 22 Jan 2013

     Helmeted Guineafowl. Vagrant, three records. Five at Ayn Jarziz (D) 18 May 2014 [P]

     Red Avadavat. Vagrant, nine records. Female at Masirah Air base (E) 20-25 Oct 2013 [P]; one at Seeb (B) 12 Dec 2013 [P]