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Number of bird species: 459
Common Birds of EgyptBertel Bruun and Sherif Baha El Din (2000) The American University in Cairo Press
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Finding Birds in EgyptDave Gosney Paperback (July 1993) Gostours
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Pharaohs' Birds - A Guide to Ancient and Present-Day Birds in EgyptJohn Miles, 210 pages, 60 col plates, col illus, maps. Miles and Miles of Countryside
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The Birds of Ancient Egyptby Patrick F. Houlihan with Steven M. Goodman - Aris & Phillips 1986
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The Breeding Birds of The Northern Red Sea IslandsAndrew Grieve and Linda Millington, 21 pages, b/w illus, tabs. Ornithological Society of the Middle East
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The Directory of Important Bird Areas in Egypt.Sherif Baha El Din. The Palm Press
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African Bird ClubWebsite
With a good tourist infrastructure and many historical sites to visit, Egypt is a popular destination. Luckily for birdwatchers, tourist destinations such as the Pyramids, the Red Sea and the Upper Nile coincide with important locations for birdwatching. Its strategic position with a land bridge and short sea crossings between Africa and Asia ensures that Egypt is an important country for migrants and wintering species.
Nature Conservation Egypt [Birdlife Partner]
Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE) is a non-government organization that is dedicated to the conservation of Egypt's natural heritage and the promotion of it's sustainable use for the benefit of the present and future generations. NCE also seeks to build partnerships with local and international bodies with similar interests. It achieves these aims through demonstration of practical conservation measures, awareness raising activities, studies and lobbying. For more information, contact us on: email@example.com
The Nile supports most of the country's wetlands which are some of Egypt's most important habitats supporting the greatest diversity and density of bird species. The major inland wetland areas are as follows: the Bitter Lakes; Wadi El Natrun; Lake Qarun; Wadi El Rayan Lakes and Nile river and Lake Nasser. There are six major coastal lagoons on the Mediterranean: Bardawil; Malaha; Manzala; Burullus; Idku and Maryut. The Red Sea coastal habitats and wetlands include mudflats, reefs, mangroves and marine islands. Oases are the only source of water over much of the western desert, the principal ones being Maghra, Siwa, Wadi El Rayan, Bahariya, Farafra, Dakhla, Kharga, Kurkur and Dungul...
2004 [April] - Denis Torche - El GounaReport
This resort is situated 20Km north of Hurghada. It has a golf course which attracts many birds (pipits, larks, wheatears, hoopoes). There is also a tidal creek which has many waders. The best place for waders is behind the Abidos Marina, south of El Gouna...
2004 [December] - John Miles - Nile CruiseReport
...This was a normal Nile cruise on a Thomas Cook boat called ‘the African Queen’ with the historic trips to sites often used to add to the bird list. Extra trips were to Crocodile Island  and west bank of the Nile at Aswan. Benefits of this time of the year were temperature [24c – 28c] through the day and the depth of the Nile which is low at this time of the year effecting many of the wintering species...
2004 [October] - Pier Luigi BeraudoReport
2005 [April] - Bob Swann - Sharm el SheikhReport
...The plantation held a few migrants: 2 Eastern Bonelli’s Warblers ‘chipping’ away, a Common Redstart, a Common Nightingale, 7 Lesser Whitethroats and 5 Tree Pipit. I also disturbed a European Sparrow Hawk and a Marsh Harrier floated by. At lot of the large trees in the plantation had died and fallen. The ‘field’ area at the northern end was very dry and abandoned, with few birds apart from Collared Doves and Laughing Doves. I headed back to the road (Tower Street) and crossed it. Beyond a fence was a zoo. In an adjacent irrigated fodder field were 6 Cattle Egret, a few Yellow Wagtails and 3 Rock Martins overhead...
2005 [July] - Richard BonserReport
During July 2005, I spent a week based at the Sonesta Club Resort at Na’ama Bay, Egypt with my girlfriend. Realising that this is potentially not the best month to visit the area, I nevertheless targeted a few species that I knew would be available at this time of year and that I had not seen previously within the Western Palearctic – Western Reef Egret, Sooty Falcon, Sooty Gull, White-eyed Gull, White-cheeked Tern, Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse, Spotted Sandgrouse, Rock Martin, Eastern Mourning Wheatear and Sinai Rosefinch...
2006 [March] - Erik ForsythReport
...On the first day of the tour, the early arrivals made our way through the bustling city of Cairo (with its 20 million inhabitants) to the Gezira Sports Ground. After ten minutes we had located a flock of both Alexandrine and Rose-ringed Parakeets, both species are breeding residents in Cairo. At the golf range we located Black-eared and Northern Wheatears and Woodchat Shrike. In some nearby scrubby wasteland we were lucky to find a small flock of Indian Silverbills, a pair of White-throated Kingfisher nesting in an earthbank and a singing Eurasian Blackbird...
2006 [March] - Richard BonserReport
Having visited the country with my girlfriend in July 2005, and experiencing the area around Sharm el Sheikh, it was obvious that the country had a lot more to offer in terms of its birdlife. It was not too difficult to drum up enthusiasm for an early spring trip and, as such, four of us set out to visit the area around Cairo, the Nile Valley around Luxor and the Red Sea coast as far south as the administrative border with Sudan...
2006 [May] - Mike & Eleanor MartinReport
...The time when the boat is berthed is pretty busy with arranged trips, and there is little opportunity to build in time to develop your own schedule, and this proved a bit exasperating with regard to catching up on some of the smaller birds…larger species were easy enough from the boat, which travels at a jogging rate of about 10 km per hour...
2006 [May] - Richard & Erica KlimReport
Immediately before Christmas 2005, we took an impromtu break at the excellent 5-star Mövenpick Jolie Ville Luxor Resort on Crocodile Island. This provided a truly laid-back combination of birding, culture and winter sunshine at a reasonable price (total cost £284 per person from London/Gatwick including 7 nights B&B, with Portland Holidays / Thomsonfly, www.portland-direct.co.uk). Although most of our birding trips involve extensive touring by rental car, this visit opened our eyes to the potential of birding parts of Egypt by public transport and taxi, given the very low costs involved...
2007 [April] - Fraser GearReport
This tour offered a fantastic mix of ancient history and some fine desert and migration birding. Our first afternoon was spent walking the Gezira Sports grounds where we found many of Cairo’s common species and migrants, namely: Eurasian Blackbird, Eurasian Kestrel, Graceful Prinia and Collared Flycatcher...
2007 [May] - Erik Forsyth & Cuan Rush - Egypt & PetraReport
On the first day of the tour, we enjoyed a leisurely afternoon birdwalk around our hotel grounds situated very close to the airport. The gardens are a mixture of exotic trees and flowers and a welcome stopover for migrant birds to refuel before the final journey to their breeding grounds in the north. The stroll around the grounds produced a stunning male Collared Flycatcher, Meadow Pipit, Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin, Lesser Whitethroat and a male Woodchat Shrike. In the evening we enjoyed the first of many great meals together...
2008 [April] - Erik Forsyth - Egypt & PetraReport
After enduring an hour of bumper to bumper traffic we arrived at the Gezira Sports Ground happy to be out birding in this relatively “green oasis” in the middle of the densely populated Cairo...
2008 [December] - Eric BarnesReport
...We opted to climb after the main tourist ‘day trippers’ and set off just after dawn. The bulbuls were seen at the Guest House, as were the common European passerines. Tristrams Grackle was first seen on the side of the monastery and feeding around the first Bedouin camp. The Beduoin camp/refreshment shops above Elijah’s Basin even at mid day had Grackle , Rosefinch , Desert Lark and Scrub Warbler...
2008 [October] - Dave FarroeReport
This year’s Birdquest tour to Egypt and Jordan was the first for many years to combine the two countries, a successful union that introduced a visit to the spectacular setting of ancient Petra and the stunning desert scenery of Wadi Rum...
2009 [May] - Markus Lilje - Egypt & PetraReport
Some of the highlights here included the difficult Rüppell’s Warbler, Woodchat and Masked Shrikes, the ever-popular Eurasian Hoopoe and feral populations of Rose-ringed Parakeet and Indian Silverbill. During the afternoon the hotel garden proved great with Rufous-tailed Scrub-Robin, Whinchat and a stunning Eurasian Wryneck much enjoyed by all present...
2009 [October] - Derek ScottReport
This year’s Birdquest tour to Egypt and Jordan was a slightly shorter, customized version of the 2008 tour, and omitted the northern Gulf of Suez, the interior of Sinai and Wadi Rum...
2010 [April] - Mark BeeversReport
Our first taste of North African birding was quite productive and a wander through our hotel grounds in Cairo yielded Eurasian Wryneck, Semi-collared Flycatcher, noisy White-throated Kingfisher, Masked Shrike, Common Nightingale and several Eurasian Hoopoes. Added to this we found one of only two Common Whitethroats to be seen on the tour...
2010 [December] - Graeme Wright - AswanReport
The back of the Movenpick faces the Botanical Garden on Kitchener’s Island and there are notable flows of birds past the hotel in the morning (must be great on passage). Although there is considerable building work going on at the moment, as the hotel extends, there are benches facing the river that over look a small beach and some Papyrus Reeds and from there you can see almost everything the island has to offer. I think this beach will probably survive the redevelopment so all should be well...
2010 [December] - Jan Landsverk - SinaiReport
Many of the Landsverk family (11 people) went to Sharm el Sheikh on holiday December 2010. We paid for the flight ticket and booked apartments ourselves found on Internet. We stayed at Delta Sharm between Naama Bay and Sharm el Sheikh. It was a perfect place in many respects and rather close to the probably best place in Sinai to watch birds - a sewage work (several sewage dams a few km north of Delta Sharm). A former sewage work is found only a ten minutes walk from where we lived. Two of my sons – Erlen and Aleksander - and myself had hoped to get away from the others and spend a few hours some mornings to watch birds at these places....
2011 [February] - Scott Bowers - Egypt & EthiopiaReport
This trip report covers a one month journey to Egypt and Ethiopia with a couple of short layovers in London. Some highlights of the trip included the Ethiopian Wolf and escaping the Egyptian Revolution...
2011 [March] - John MilesReport
The idea of the holiday was to use a cruise boat on the Nile to cover as many birding locations along the river and at the Ancient Monuments. A bus was used to ferry guests to and from the boat to the Ancient locations while taxis were used when only using a bird location. A local ferry was used at Aswan along with a Felucca, the ancient sailing boat to reach Kitchener’s Island...
2012 [December] - Derek Charlton - Sharm el SheikhReport
...The following day we visited another protected area, Nabq. Several Western Reef Egrets and Sooty Gulls were present along the coast here, along with Kingfishers, Great Grey Shrike, Pallid Harrier and a Desert Warbler - which took an age to give itself up. This area seemed to be a hot-spot for Mourning Wheatears with four noted, often perched on the Bedouin's huts along the access track, a Desert Wheatear was also present...
2013 [February] - John BowlerReport
...Although not exclusively a birding trip we saw some 74 species and had great views of most target birds: Sinai Rosefinch, Tristram’s Grackle, White-eyed Gull, Armenian Gull, Sand Partridge, Crowned Sandgrouse, Rock Martin, Hooded Wheatear, Desert Wheatear, White-crowned Black Wheatear, Bar-tailed Lark, Desert Lark, White-spectacled Bulbul, Palestine Sunbird and Scrub Warbler, plus bonus Olive-backed Pipit, River Warbler, Cyprus Warbler, Arabian Warbler and Pallas’s Gull. Birds missed included Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse, Mourning Wheatear, Sooty Gull and House Crow...
2013 [January] - Kari HaatajaReport PDF
...We met a moment later local bird guide Abdo Yousef Taha whom we told about the bird to. He replied that Arctic Warbler has been on those trees earlier this winter. It probably holds its winter territory on the site....
2013 [March] - Robert WemyssReport
...There were very few private cars around the resort probably due to the tight security in the Sinai at the time of the visit. However, the resort facilities and most of the points of birding interest can be accessed on foot and a free and regular shuttle bus made travel around the resort relatively easy especially in hot weather...
2013 [May] - Bob SwannReport
...here were a few migrants about, these included a Masked Shrike, a Golden Oriole, Yellow Wagtail, whilst overhead we had a few European Bee-eaters and a Little Swift heading north. Returned to the camp for breakfast, getting good views of a Wryneck and a hunting ringtail Montagu’s Harrier. After breakfast the tide had dropped enough for us to walk round and into the mangroves, but apart from two pairs of nesting Ospreys and a Marsh Harrier, we located little new....
2013 [May] - Olof JönssonReport
...Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse: Two near Sandafa at 28.502229°, 30.610262° on 29th April. We left Cairo after 7AM together with Daniel Mauras, Mary Megalli and our guides Abdulla Ali and Mohammed from Thebes Tours (firstname.lastname@example.org). We had no problems driving down to Sandafa, the road is good....
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Green Eye EcotoursTour Operator
Today we provide outdoor-oriented tours, adventures, expeditions...
Egypt has been the world’s most desirable tourist destination since the birth of tourism several thousand years ago. Marveling at Egypt’s antiquities is a major feature of our tour and we visit all the important sites, from riding camels around the Sphinx and Great Pyramids to being dazzled by the Sound-and-Light show at the giant Abu Simbel statues, close to the Sudanese border. In between we will visit the Egyptian Museum housing Tutenkhamun’s breath-taking treasures, the vast Temples of Luxor and Karnak, the tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the superb Temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo, essential stopovers during our Nile cruise.
Sarus Bird ToursTour Operator
...we will explore the the Fayoum Oasis for specialities such as Slender- billed Gull, Painted Snipe and Senegal Coucal if we are fortunate, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Egyptian Wagtail, Clamorous Reed Warbler and Zitting Cisticola. We will next fly out to the spectacular temple at Abu Simbel, on the fringe of the Western Palearctic, and where species such as Pink-headed Dove...
Wild Egypt - an on-line safariTour Operator
From the colorful shores of the Nile River to the majestic Red Sea, the land of Egypt teems with animal life, much of it rarely seen by the outside world...
Birding Egypt Discussion ForumForum
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Egypt Bird GroupMailing List
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A mailing list of the resident and non resident birders and ringers of Egypt, covering research, recent records, rarity records, conservation, community announcements, discussions, information exchanges. This is an open list, feel free to participate in the discussions and to begin a discussion about any subject which is minimally related to the birds, fauna or flora of Egypt. The group mailing language is English, but many of the members are not native English speakers. PLEASE, be tolerant with the grammatical and spelling skills of the members.
Birding in EgyptWebsite
The aims of this website are multiple: First of all it is addressed to the ornithologist, with an interest in Egyptian avifaunal records, but it is also for the amateur and beginner birders, who are "birding" for their own amusement, far and wide through the endless Egyptian deserts. One of my main goals is to promote interest and knowledge of this amazing piece of Earth, and try to widen our knowledge about its avifauna and to move forward all biodiversity conservation efforts...
Birding in EgyptWebsite
Historical travel represents a very old tradition in Egypt. People have been touring Egypt`s historical sites actually since ancient times. However, there is another very traditional type of travel to Egypt. For certainly the past 150 years, people have been visiting Egypt to bird watch...
Birds of the Red Sea - EilatWebsite
Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacusWebsite
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Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterusWebsite
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Finding Birds in EgyptWebsite
Egypt must be one of the best countries in the world for combining birdwatching with more popular forms of tourism...
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