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Decisions, news and announcements

The QBRC endeavours to make its work and resolutions transparent. Below you will find some of the key decisions and actions taken by the committee. Announcements will be made on an ongoing basis.

Updated Qatar List (26 March 2016)

An updated version of the Qatar List has been posted, including all new records accepted by the Committee up to March 2016. Thank you to all observers who submitted their records.

Of particular note are the following additions to the Qatar List (i.e. first records):

  • Siberian Chiffchaff Two, Irkaya Farm 17 March 2014 (NG Morris)
  • Woodlark One, Wadi Al Heshaimiya 09 April 2014 (Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Al Thani and M M Al Qahtani)
  • Brambling One winter plumage female, Musuem of Islamic Art Park, Doha 06 December 2014 (JN Hardacre and G Saunders)
  • Buff-bellied Pipit At least six, Al Shamal Park 25 December 2014 to 06 February 2015 (D Bishop, J Thompson and D Sanders)
  • Common Linnet One female/first-winter, Sailiya (west) aka Al Riffa 18 November 2015 (Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Al Thani, S Al Aseeri and M Al Nabi)
  • Common Chaffinch One female/first-winter, Irkayya Farm 05 December 2015 (JN Hardacre)
  • Moustached Warbler Two, Sailiya (west) aka Al Riffa 08 December 2015 to 05 January 2016 (Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Al Thani et al)

Other significant records include:

  • Grey-headed Swamphen One, Al Kharaana sewage lagoons 05 September 2014 (D Bishop) Second record
  • Long-tailed Shrike One, Al Shamal Park 25 October 2014 (G Farnell) Second record; One, Sheraton Park, Doha 16-17 October 2015 (J Miles) Third record
  • Barbary Falcon One juvenile caught by a falcon hunter, Sailiya (west) sewage treatment plant (run-off area) 04 November 2014 (Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Al Thani, S Al Aseeri and Abdulrahman Al Khulaifi) Second record
  • Spur-winged Plover One, Sailiya (west) sewage treatment plant (run-off area) 13 November 2014 (D Kumar Pushpangadhan) Second record
  • Common Blackbird One, first-winter male Al Shamal Park 20 December 2014 to 16 January 2015 (D Bishop, J Thompson and D Sanders) Third record
  • White-crowned Wheatear One juvenile, Irkayya Farm 30 May to 02 June 2015 (R Angwin and Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Al Thani) Second record
  • Kurdish Wheatear One male, Khasooma 11 September 2015 (S Tull and P Shellard) Third record
  • Steppe Buzzard One, Irkayya Farm 01-13 November 2015 (S Price, A Everester and Rayees Rahman) Fourth record
  • Ring Ouzel One first-winter male of the south-west Asian race amicorum, Sailiya (west) aka Al Riffa 15 November 2015 (Sheikh Mohammed Ahmed Al Thani) Second record

For the first time, the following species were proven to be breed in Qatar (details withheld):

  • Cattle Egret
  • Saunder’s Tern
  • Pin-tailed Sandgrouse

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Inaugural QBRC Honorary President (12 November 2014)

The Qatar Bird Records Committee (QBRC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Porter as its inaugural Honorary President.

Richard has been one of the most passionate and active advocates of bird conversation and protection in Europe and the Middle East over the last 50 years. He has made over 75 trips to the Middle East since 1966 with most of his time spent in Turkey, Yemen (and Socotra), Jordan and Iraq. (Qatar is now firmly on his bucket list!)

Richard is co-author of the definitive Birds of the Middle East, the first edition of which was translated into Arabic. A founder of the Ornithological Society of Turkey and OSME, Richard has been an adviser to Nature Iraq and continues to advise BirdLife International on their Middle East programme. Currently, he is involved with conservation research and education projects in Iraqi Kurdistan (with Nature Iraq and supported by UK's Darwin initiative), the highlands of Yemen and on Socotra.

Richard is warmly welcomed to the QBRC team. We look forward to benefiting from Richard's input to the QBRC's objectives and ongoing work of documenting the avifauna of the State of Qatar.

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Restructured and updated Qatar List (18 August 2014)

The Qatar List has been restructured in line with taxonomic changes adopted in the latest release of the OSME Region List of Bird Taxa (v3). Hence, the sequence in which families/genera/species are listed has, in a number of cases, changed.

For example, the Falcons Falco and Parakeets Psittacula now appear sandwiched between Old World Woodpeckers and Shrikes in the taxonomic order. Other changes include the reassignment of the large grey Shrikes of the Middle East from the former meridionalis 'southern' group to the excubitor 'northern' group. Moreover, Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis aucheri becomes Arabian Grey Shrike Lanius [excubitor] aucheri and is now considered 'probably con-specific' with Mauryan Grey Shrike Lanius [excubitor] lahtora, formerly known as Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius pallidirostris.

Long gone are the days of static, stable taxonomic lists! New discoveries and insights from modern field ornithology, hand-in-hand with advanced laboratory techniques such as DNA analysis, are driving an improved understanding of 'speciation' and the evolutionary relationship between bird families, genera and species. Intensive research is currently underway into many of the bird taxa occurring in the Middle East (e.g. Gulls, Wheatears, Whitethroats, Thrushes, Chats, Finches and Wagtails), so there will be many more taxonomic 'adjustments' - and doubtless surprises - to come.

QBRC follows the OSME Region List as it best reflects the field experiences and observations of birders in Qatar.

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New QBRC Committee Member (14 July 2014)

Following the departure of Michael Grunwell, leaving Qatar for new adventures in China, the committee is delighted to announce that Keith Betton has agreed to join QBRC as its newest member.

Keith (left) is a well-travelled and highly respected British ornithologist and we greatly look forward to his contribution to the committee's work in Qatar.

The committee extends its sincere thanks to Michael Grunwell (right) for his energy and enthusiasm as a founding member of QBRC. We wish him good birding in China!

 

 

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Changes to the Qatar List (01 July 2014)

Taxonomic changes

The Qatar List now stands at 319 species (Qatar_List_v3_20140701) accepted into categories A, B and C. The following changes have been made to the taxonomic data upon which the list is based:

  • The OSME index numbering (Column A) has been updated to align with the new OSME list v3.0, which contains a number of taxonomic changes and taxonomic order changes. Hence the order of the Qatar List is somewhat changed, for example the Wheatear and Finch species are shuffled about within their respective families, some raptors have changed their place in the order, etc.
  • The form of Purple Swamphen in our region is now termed Grey-headed Swamphen (referring to the eastern/southern populations, as distinct from the western populations for which the name Purple Swamphen is retained).
  • The vernacular name for Black tailed Godwit Limosa limosa is now qualified as European Black-tailed Godwit Limosa (limosa) limosa.
  • The vernacular name for Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus is now qualified as Eurasian Whimbrel Numenius (phaeopus) phaeopus.
  • With regard to Daurian/Turkestan Shrikes, QBRC continues to consider these as two separate species and has not brought them together under the proposed species group Lanius isabellinus.
  • Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius (meridionalis) pallidirostris becomes Mauryan Grey Shrike Lanius [excubitor] lahtora, now being aligned with the northern and eastern excubitor group of grey shrikes rather than the southern (western) meridionalis group as formerly.
  • Southern Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis aucheri becomes Arabian Grey Shrike Lanius [excubitor] aucheri and is now aligned with the northern and eastern excubitor group of grey shrikes rather than the southern (western) meridionalis group as formerly.
  • Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus has been changed to Indian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (stentoreus) brunnescens as there appears to be consensus that this is the form occurring in Qatar and is listed as a recognized taxon by OSME.
  • With regard to Eurasian/Caspian Reed Warblers, Eurasian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus has been changed to Eurasian (and Caspian) Reed Warbler Acrocephalus (scirpaceus) scirpaceus (and fuscus). Field separation of these two forms is difficult and often uncertain, hence they are treated together.
  • The vernacular name for Siberian Stonechat becomes Western Siberian Stonechat.
  • The scientific name for Byzantine Stonechat Saxicola maurus armenicus changes to Saxicola maurus variegatus (NB. The Latin name for Caspian Stonechat has previously been amended to Saxicola maurus hemprichii).
  • The taxonomic status of House Sparrows in Qatar requires review. HBW14 and Jennings assert only taxa from 'indicus' group breed in Arabia (indicus & hufufae). Hence, the Qatar entry should probably read "Indian House Sparrow Passer (domesticus) indices". This change is pending further research.

Records accepted into Category A

2014

  • Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia. Two immatures Al Khor 22 January 2014 (S Price). Seventh record.
  • Intermediate Egret Egretta intermedia. One Abu Nakhla 22-31 January 2014 (NG Morris, JA Buchan). First record.
  • Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus. One adult female Al Shamal Park 13 May 2014 (NG Morris). First record.
  • Black-eared Kite Milvus (migrans) lineatus. One Al Shamal 07 May 2014 (NG Morris), three Fuwairit 18 May 2014 (NG Morris). Fourteenth and fifteenth records.
  • Short-toed Snake Eagle Circaetus gallicus. One Irkayya Farm 20 April 2014 (S Price). Twelfth record.
  • Sooty Falcon Falco concolor. One adult Dhukan area 14 June 2014 (W Hodgkinson, NG Morris, S Price, G Saunders, SJ Tull). Third record.
  • Corncrake Crex crex. One Al Shamal Park 09-11 May 2014 (NG Morris, SJ Tull). Seventh record.
  • White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus. One Irkayya Farm 18-22 February 2014 (NG Morris, S Price), one Irkayya Farm 06 March 2014 (NG Morris), one Hassad Food Company Farm 25 March 2014 (NG Morris). Twelfth to fourteenth records.
  • Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus. One adult male Al Mafjar 16 March 2014 (NG Morris). Twelfth record.
  • Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris. Six Ras Al Shindwee 17 January 2014 (NG Morris, G Saunders, SJ Tull). Second record.
  • Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus. One pale phase juvenile Simaisma 14 January 2014 (NG Morris), one pale phase Al Wakrah 30 January 2014 (S Price), one pale phase adult Fuwairit 26 April 2014 (NG Morris), one pale phase adult Al Ruwais 25 June 2014. Fifth to eighth records.
  • Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis. One Ras Al Shindwee 17 January 2014 (NG Morris, G Saunders, SJ Tull), one Jazirat Al Ghanim 21 February 2014 (A Everester). Tenth and eleventh records.
  • Eurasian Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris. Two Irkayya Farm 03 April 2014 (NG Morris). Twelfth record.
  • Woodlark Lullula arborea. One Wadi Al Heshaimiya 09 April 2014 (Sheikh Mohammed Al Thani, M Al Qahtani). First record.
  • Icterine Warbler Hippolais icterina. One Al Shamal Park 07-11 May 2014 (NG Morris), one Al Ruwais outskirts (livestock farm) 07 May 2014 (NG Morris). Third and fourth records.
  • Garden Warbler Sylvia borin. One Sealine Beach Resort 05 May 2014 (NG Morris), one Al Shamal Park 15-18 May 2014 (NG Morris). Sixth and seventh records.
  • Desert Whitethroat Sylvia minula. One Irkayya Farm 23 February 2014 (NG Morris, S Price), one Irkayya Farm 02 April 2014 (NG Morris). Sixth and seventh records.
  • Hume's Whitethroat Sylvia althaea. One Irkayya Farm 14 March 2014 (D Kumar Pushpangadhan), one Irkayya Farm 17 March 2014 (NG Morris), one Irkayya Farm 01 April 2014 (NG Morris, S Price), one Irkayya Farm 02 April 2014 (NG Morris), two Irkayya Farm 03 April 2014 (NG Morris, S Price). Representing the sixth to tenth records.
  • Black Scrub Robin Cercotrichas podobe. One Abu Samra 29 March 2014 (S Al Aseeri, NG Morris), two Umm ash Shubrum 22 April 2014 (S Al Aseeri). Tenth and eleventh records.
  • Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia. One Sealine Beach Resort 05 May 2014 (NG Morris), up to three Al Shamal Park 07-13 May 2014 (NG Morris, SJ Tull), one Ras Al Shindwee 07 May 2014 (NG Morris). Representing the seventh to ninth records.
  • Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata. One male and female Doha Golf Club 17 March 2014 (S Price), one female Irkayya Farm 17-18 March 2014 (NG Morris), one male Irkayya Farm 18 May 2014 (NG Morris), one female Sealine Beach Resort 01 April 2014 (NG Morris, S Price), one male Doha Golf Club 07 April 2014 (S Price). Tenth to fourteenth records.
  • North Caspian Stonechat Saxicola maurus hemprichii. One male Irkayya Farm 22 January 2014 (NG Morris). Fifth record of this form.
  • Richard’s Pipit Anthus (novaeseelandiae) richardi. Two Irkayya Farm 06 March 2014 (NG Morris), one Irkayya Farm 29 March 2014 (NG Morris). Third and fourth records.

2013

  • Amur Falcon Falco [vespertinus] amurensis. One juvenile Irkayya Farm 27 October 2013 (A Sharif, J Thompson). Fourth record.

2012

  • Savi’s Warbler Locustella luscinioides. One Al Corniche Doha 12 September 2012 (NG Morris). First record.
  • Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala. One adult Traina 1 Farm 28 September 2012 (NG Morris). Fifth record.

Records accepted into Category E

2014

  • Zebra Finch Taeniopygia guttata. One Al Ruwais Port 25 June 2014 (NG Morris).
  • Village Indigobird Vidua chalybeate. One Near Irkayya Farm 25 March 2014 (NG Morris).
  • Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura. One winter plumaged male Irkayya Farm 08 March 2014 (NG Morris). Possibly the same as that seen on 12 November 2013.

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Additions to the Qatar List (21 March 2014)

The following species has been added to Category A of the Qatar List:

Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio: One, Doha Corniche 05-23.09.2012 (Neil G Morris), previously accepted into Category D now reassigned to Category A, following the regular pattern of occurences less than 100km away in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Purple Swamphen is the Euro-Asian counterpart of the African (Green-backed) Swamphen Porphyrio madagascariensis which is a localised breeder in Qatar, probably arriving from introduced populations that have become established elsewhere in the Gulf Region.

The following records have been added to Category A the Qatar List, following acceptance by QBRC:

European Robin Erithacus rubecula: One, Irkayya Farm 07.12.2013 (Gordon Saunders, Simon Tull)

Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus: One, Al Wakrah 30.01.2014 (Simon Price); One, Al Khor 12.03.2014 (Neil G Morris)

White-tailed Lapwing Vanellus leucurus: One, Irkayya Farm 18.02.2014 (Neil G Morris); One, Hassad Farm 06.03.2014 (Neil G Morris)

Desert Whitethroat Sylvia minula/halimodendri: One, Irkayya Farm 23.02.2014 (Neil G Morris, Simon Price)

Richard's Pipit Anthus (novaeseelandiae) richardi: Two, Irkayya Farm 06.03.2014 (Neil G Morris)

Hume's Warbler Sylvia althaea: One, Irkayya Farm 14.03.2014 (Dileep Kumar); One, Irkayya Farm 17.03.2014 (Neil G Morris)

Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus: One, Al Mafjar 16.03.2014 (Neil G Morris, Dileep Kumar, Chris Blandford)

Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata: Male and female, Doha Golf Course, 17.03.2014 (Simon Price); Female, Irkayya Farm 17-18.03.2014 (Neil G Morris); Male, Irkayya Farm 18.03.2014 (Neil G Morris)

Eastern Cinereous Bunting Emberiza (cineracea) semenowi: Male, Irkayya Farm 17.03. 2014 (Neil G Morris)

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Changes to the Qatar List (28 February 2014)

The following retraction and additions have been made to the list following detailed review by the Committee:

Retraction

  • Variable Wheatear (27 Nov 2008, Al Ruwais Harbour): Retraction due to misidentification. Re-identified from photographs as Pied Stonechat. This species is now removed from the Qatar List.

Addtions to Category A

  • Pied Stonechat (27 Nov 2008, Al Ruwais Harbour): Originally identified as Variable Wheatear, now re-identified from photographs as Pied Stonechat. This now constitutes the first record of the species.
  • Pale Crag Martin (07 Mar 2013, Sealine Beach, Neil G Morris)
  • Short-toed Eagle (17 Mar 2013, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris) Eight record
  • Black-eared Kite (29 Mar 2013, Zubara Road, Alistair Crighton) Tenth record
  • Baillon’s Crake (07 Apr 2013, Sealine Beach Resort, Brian Hunter) Third record
  • Long-tailed Skua (08 Apr 2013, Sealine Resort, Neil G Morris) Second record
  • Eurasian Crag Martin (14 Apr 2013, Fuwairit, Neil G Morris) Eighth record
  • Pale Crag Martin (15 Apr 2013, Al Khor Reed Bed, Neil G Morris)
  • Trumpeter Finch (18 Apr 2013, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris) Third record
  • Eurasian Crag Martin (24 Apr 2013, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris) Ninth record
  • Black-winged Pratincole (24 Apr 2013, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris) Third record
  • Icterine Warbler (28 Apr 2013, Irkayya Farm Entrance, Neil G Morris) Second record
  • Marsh Warbler (3 on 28 Apr 2013, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris) Second confirmed record - now considered regular migrant
  • Marsh Warbler (6 on 30 Apr 2013, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris)
  • Short-toed Eagle (03 May 2013, Irkayya Farm, Wayne Hodgkinson) Ninth record
  • Eurasian Crag Martin (08 May 2013, Al Shamal Park, Neil G Morris) Tenth record
  • Marsh Warbler (2 on 05 May 2013, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris)
  • Garden Warbler (21 Oct 2013, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris)
  • Black-eared Kite (22 Oct, 02 Nov and 04 Nov 2013, Abu Nahkla, Neil G Morris, Jonathan Ewbank, Simon Blaxill) Eleventh record
  • Black Kite (of the nominate form, 03 Nov 2013, Al Shamal Park, Neil G Morris, Jonathan Ewbank, Simon Blaxill) First record
  • Pied Kingfisher (03 Nov 2013, Ras Al Shindwee, Neil G Morris, Jonathan Ewbank, Simon Blaxill, and presumed same as 30 Nov 2013, Neil G Morris, Henk Ruissen and 17 Jan 2014, Neil G Morris, Simon Tull, Gordon Saunders) Eighth record
  • Caspian Plover (05 Nov 2013, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris, Jonathan Ewbank, Simon Blaxill) Tenth record
  • Eurasian Dotterel (05 Nov 2013, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris, Jonathan Ewbank, Simon Blaxill) Third record
  • Bimaculated Lark (2 on 05 Nov 2013, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris, Jonathan Ewbank, Simon Blaxill) Third record
  • Short-toed Eagle (06 Nov 2013, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris, Jonathan Ewbank, Simon Blaxill, Nigel Marven) Tenth record
  • Sooty Falcon (06 Nov 2013, Al Karaanah, Neil G Morris, Jonathan Ewbank, Simon Blaxill, Nigel Marven) Second mainland record
  • Pomarine Skua (Dark phase, 12 Nov 2013, Al Ruwais, Neil G Morris, Mark Swallow)
  • Paddyfield Warbler (14 Nov 2013, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris) Second record
  • Greater Sandplover (1 or more probably of the race C. l. columbinus, 16 Nov 2013, Al Wakrah Beach, Neil G Morris) Status requires investigation
  • Arctic Skua (dark phase adult, 18 and 28 Nov 2013, Fuwairit Beach, Neil G Morris, Simon Price, Ajith Everester) Second record
  • Arctic Skua (pale phase adult, 24 Nov 2013 from 0839, Al Khor Coast, Neil G Morris) Third record
  • Arctic Skua (pale phase, 24 and 29 Nov 2013 from 0900, Fuwairit, Simon Price) Fourth record
  • North Caspian Stonechat (2 on 26 Nov 2013, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris, Peter Fawcett) Fourth record
  • Little Crake (29 Nov 2013, Irkayya Farm, John Thompson, David Sanders, Henk Ruissen) Fifth record
  • Common Blackbird (female/1st win male, 30 Nov 2013, Al Ruwais, Neil G Morris, Henk Ruissen) Second record
  • Bimaculated Lark (02 Dec 2013, Irkayya Farm, Simon Price) Fourth record
  • Arctic Skua (pale phase, 14 Jan 2014, Al Khor, Neil G Morris) Fifth record
  • Great Knot (At least 6, 17 Jan 2014, Ras Al Shindwee, Neil G Morris, Simon Tull, Gordon Saunders) Second record
  • Intermediate Egret (22 Jan 2014, Abu Nahkla, Neil G Morris, presumed same as 31 Jan 2014, Jamie Buchan) First record
  • North Caspian Stonechat (22 Jan 2014, Abu Nahkla, Neil G Morris) Fifth record
  • Egyptian Nightjar (four or more, 24 Jan 2014, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris, Dileep Kumar, Thajudeen Chirakuzhi) Second winter record substantiating suspicion of status as winter resident

Additions to Category E

  • Pin-tailed Whydah (male, 12-14 Nov 2013, Irkayya Farm, Neil G Morris)

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Additions to the Qatar List (05 April 2013)

The following species have been added to Category A of the Qatar List, following the first documented records of each which have now been accepted by QBRC:

Small Pratincole Glareola lactea: One Al Kharaanah 25-26.01.2013 (GS, TC, NGM, ET, DKP, JAB, DV, MJG, & AS et al) accepted into Category A.

Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus: One Simaisma coast 05.03.2013 (NGM). This now becomes the only record in Category A following acceptance of the record by QBRC and an earlier review of the one and only historic record which is no longer considered acceptable.

North Caspian Stonechat Saxicola maurus variegatus: One Irkayya Farm 19.02.2013 (NGM) accepted into Category A. This highly distinctive sub-species of Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus has surely been overlooked and it is hoped that publishing this first record might encourage the submission of more observations.

Byzantine Stonechat Saxicola maurus armenicus: One Sailiyah West Sewage Ponds 11.11.2012 (NGM). Another distinctive sub-species of Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus that has surely been overlooked. Hopefully, more records will follow.

The following species has been added to Category C of the Qatar List, following the first documented records:

Bengal Weaver Ploceus benghalensis: Assumed to be a highly localised resident breeder. A small population centred at Sailiya (west) sewage treatment plant run-off area was first discovered 04.11.2012 (NGM, ET et al.). Individuals have subsequently been reported from Al Khor Reed Bed (MJG).

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Appendices to the list (05 April 2013)

In addition to the main Categories A to E, two Appendices have been defined and will be suffixed to the list as follows:

Appendix 1: List of submissions not accepted
Those submissions that have been reviewed by the QBRC since 01 January 2013 and which records are considered not acceptable.

Appendix 2: List of historic records no longer accepted
Those submissions which were once contained in the list but which have been reviewed by the QBRC since 01 January 2013 and which are no longer considered acceptable by today's standards of evidence, especially the certainty of identity.

The purpose of these two appendices is to capture records that might otherwise have been lost and whose data might prove to be of some value in the future. In the first instance, a number of records concerning the following species have been moved from Category A to Appendix 2. In some cases, this has resulted in the removal of that species from the official Qatar List (highlighted in bold below):

Persian Shearwater, Brown Booby, Great Snipe, Great Skua, Brown-headed Gull, Arctic Tern, Arctic Skua, Green Bee-eater, Calandra Lark, Dunn’s Lark, Cetti’s Warbler, Wood Warbler, Moustached Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Long-billed Pipit, Bay-backed Shrike.

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Additions to the Qatar List (12 January 2013)

The following species have been added to Category A of the Qatar List, following the first documented records of each which have now been accepted by QBRC:

Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus: One first-winter Al Ruwais harbour 11.01.2013 (NGM, ET, GS, & WH).

Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach: One Al Shamal Park 11.01.2013 to at least the 14.04.2013 (NGM, ET, GS, WH, SA, SO, JAB, & MJG et al).

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Mcqueen's Bustard Chlamydotis macqueenii (10 January 2013)

The committee has recently adopted the following policy with regards to future records of Macqueen's Bustard:

"Mcqueen's Bustard Chlamydotis macqueenii: This species has been annihilated in Qatar in its wild state and has for many years been the subject of extensive captive breeding and release programmes (for hunting) in the country and beyond. Hence there is a significantly high probability that any modern record will be of dubious provenance.

With regret, it is proposed that from 01 Jan uary 2013 records will no longer be accepted into Category A of the Qatar List unless of wing-tagged, ringed or otherwise marked birds that are of indisputably wild origin. Mcqueen's Bustard was an important part of the Qatari natural avifauna until the early twentieth century. Hence it is proposed that the only properly documented recent record (from January 1989) will be retained in Category A as a representative record."

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Qatar List acceptance categories (05 January 2013)

Following the quarterly meeting of the committee in January 2013, a new category has been added to the list:

Category B: Taxa on the Qatar List as at 01 Jan 2013 for which there is an accepted historic record, and which would otherwise appear in Category A, but for which there is currently no known supporting documentation. Category B taxa are included in the official Qatar List.

The purpose of Category B will be to maintain a catalogue of those historic records which are to be retained on the Qatar List, but for which documentation has gone missing and is no longer on file, or perhaps was never supplied. These will be species/records for which there is no reasonable doubt about the original identification.

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