Field Identification Guides
There are two essential field guides to the birds of the Middle East
Collins Bird Guide, Second Edition. Lars Svensson, Killian Mullarney, Dan Zetterström, Peter Grant, David Christie. HarperCollins, 2015.
EBird provides a useful account of birds seen in Qatar, which includes a month-by-month bar chart of species occurrences. Registered users (membership is free) can upload their own observations and receive bespoke alerts of birds reported.
Xeno-Canto is a global database of searchable and downloadable bird sounds.
The Ornithological Society of the Middle East (OSME) encourages an interest in birds and the conservation of them and their habitats. The OSME Regional List (ORL) is the definitive list of bird species occurring in the region. They publish Sandgrouse bi-annually. Birdwatchers with an interest in the birds of Qatar and the Middle East are strongly encouraged to take up membership of OSME.
BirdLife International is a global partnership of conservation organisations that strives works towards the sustainable use of natural resources, global biodiversity and the conservation of birds and their environment.
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