Common Birds of Qatar

Published by Hanne Eriksen and Jens Eriksen

Intended to help novices identify 215 of the 280 species named on the Qatar Bird List, including all the common birds. Species are grouped together according to preferred habitat. Habitats are schematized as a) deserts and arid plains, b) lakes, lagoons and coasts and c) gardens, parks and farms. Seasonal occurrence is also colour coded as a) winter visitor, b) seen during migrtaion, c) summer visitor or d) resident. The status and size of birds is also indicated diagramatically.

The introduction provides advice on how to watch and identify birds, what equipment to use and where to find birds in Qatar. Species to be seen in parks or gardens include White-eared and Red-vented Bulbul, Laughing Dove, Alexandrine, Rose-ringed Parakeet, House Sparrow, Indian Silverbill and Common Myna.

Each full-page species account includes a colour illustration, English and Latin names, distribution map, seasonality and notes on behaviour and ecology, as well as distinguishing features.