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Kuwait Ornithological Rarities Committee

KORC meets quarterly each year to review and adjudicate submitted Rarity Forms for species that are considered Vagrant, Scarce and Rare, as well as other specified species that have low and infrequent abundance.
The completed Rarity Forms are reviewed, discussed and either accepted or rejected by the core KORC members (MP, SIR, NT, MC, OS, HS) who are all based in Kuwait and consensus must be reached for a decision. If a decision cannot be reached, then the external adjudicators (OC, PK) are asked for their opinion for a final decision which requires a majority vote.
The current Committee is as follows:
Chairman – Neil Tovey (voting member)
Secretary  – Abdulrahman Al-Sirhan (voting member)
Members – Markus Craig, Mike Pope, Humoud Al-Shayji and Omar Al-Shaheen (voting members)
Adjudicators – Peter Kennerley, Oscar Campbell (External voting member)


Rarities Accepted in June 2020

  1. 1st Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus – 1 on 2-Jan-2020 at Jahra Pools Reserve
  2. 16th Eversmann’s Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus – 1 on 3-Jan-2020 at Al Abraq
  3. 1st Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tchutchensis 1 on 4-Jan-2020 at Pivot Fields
  4. 13th Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos 1 on 8-Jan-2020 at Jahra Pools Reserve
  5. 10th Common Crane Grus grus 1 on 15-Jan-2020 at Pivot Fields
  6. 5th Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor 2 on 19-Jan-2020 at Sulaibikhat Bay
  7. 5th Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus 1 on 15-Jan-2020, later 4 (2 pair) at Abdullah Al Salem
  8. 10th Long Eared Owl Asio otus 2 on 2-Feb-2020 at Mutla’a Farm
  9. 6th Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus 1 on 10-Feb-2020 at Fintas Park
  10. 11th Long Eared Owl Asio otus 2 on 14-Feb-20 at Al Abraq
  11. 8th Black Scrub Robin Cercotrichas podobe 1 on 20-Mar-2020 at Sulaibikhat Bay

Rarities Accepted on 8 December 2019

  1. 11th Sociable Lapwing – Pivot Fields (06/10/18)
  2. 8th Eastern Nightingale (Africana) – Pivot Fields (17/05/19)
  3. 11th Grey Phalarope – Jahrah Pools Reserve (20/05/19)
  4. 8h Sooty Shearwater – Jahrah Pools Reserve (21/05/19)
  5. 9th Arctic Tern – Jahrah Pools Reserve (05/06/19)
  6. 12th Grey Phalarope – Jahrah Pools Reserve (05/06/19)
  7. 10th Arctic Tern – Jahrah Pools Reserve (09/06/19)
  8. 2nd Sabine’s Gull – Jahrah Pools Reserve (16/06/19)
  9. 11th Arctic Tern – Jahrah Pools Reserve (04/07/19)
  10. 8th Thick Billed Lark – Al Abraq (29/07/19)
  11. 8th Booted Warbler – Al Abraq (13/08/19)
  12. 3rd Pied Stonechat  – Nuwaiseeb (22/08/19)
  13. 8th Great Knot – Sulaibikhat Bay (19/09/19)
  14. 12th Sociable Lapwing – Pivot Fields (08/10/19)
  15. Rufous Turtle Dove – Jahrah Pools Reserve (24/10/19)
  16. 9th Arabian Grey Shrike – Pivot Fields (30/10/19)
  17. 4th Lesser Flamingo – Shuwaikh Bay (01/11/19)
  18. 10th Arabian Grey Shrike – Al Salmi (03/11/19)
  19. 7th White Tailed Eagle – Jahrah Pools Reserve (07/11/19)
  20. 12th Dalmatian Pelican – Boubyan Island (14/11/19)
  21. 11thArabian Grey Shrike – Pivot Fields (16/11/19)
  22. 15th Little Bunting – Al Abraq (16/11/19)
  23. 9th Ring Ouzel – Jahrah Pools Reserve (21/11/19)
  24. 4th Purple Sunbird – Funaitees (07/12/19)

Rarities Accepted on 19 May 2019:

  1. 4th Arabian Grey Shrike – Salmi (03/03/18)
  2. 11th Pale Crag Martin – Al Abraq (14/04/18)
  3. 12th Hume’s Leaf Warbler – Fintas Park (12/11/18)
  4. 13th Hume’s Leaf Warbler – Jahra Farms (3/12/18)
  5. 14th Eurasian Golden Plover – Pivot Fields (15/12/18)
  6. 1st Black Throated Diver – JPR (25/01/19)
  7. 13th Stock Dove – Al Abraq (30/01/19)
  8. 1st Pied Crow – Shuwaikh FTZ (14/02/19) – CAT E
  9. 7th Arabian Grey Shrike – SAANR (26/02/19)
  10. 8th Arabian Grey Shrike – Al Liyah North (24/04/19)
  11. 6th Sooty Shearwater – Ras Al Salmiyah (30/04/19)
  12. 7th Sooty Shearwater – JPR (16/05/19)

Rarities Accepted on 3 December 2018:

  1. 8th Eurasian Woodcock – Al Shalla Farm (24/11/06)
  2. 3rd Lesser Flamingo – Sulaibakhat Bay (02/02/12)
  3. 5th Booted Warbler – JEO (01/09/15)
  4. 10th Eurasian Woodcock – JPR (16/12/15)
  5. 6th Great Knot – JEO (23/10/15)
  6. 9th Eurasian Woodcock – Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) (16/12/15)
  7. 15th Spur Winged Plover – JEO (02/03/16)
  8. 12th Green Warbler – Mutla’a Ranch (15/09/16)
  9. 13th Green Warbler – Mutla’a Ranch (16/09/17)
  10. 9thDalmatian Pelican – Boubyan Island (09/05/17)
  11. 10th Dalmatian Pelican – Boubyan Island (23/03/18)
  12. 1stJouanin’s Petrel – JPR (12/05/18)
  13. 14th Green Warbler – Pivot Fields (20/08/18)
  14. 6thBooted Warbler – JEO (24/08/18)
  15. 15th Green Warbler – JPR 24/08/18)
  16. 7thBooted Warbler – SAANR (30/08/18)
  17. 4thLesser Spotted Eagle – Khuwaisat (17/09/18)
  18. 15th Great Snipe – JPR (24/09/18)
  19. 12th Golden Eagle – SAANR (26/09/18)
  20. 16th Green Warbler – Mutla’a Ranch (06/10/18)
  21. 15th Rufous Turtle Dove – JPR (15/10/18)
  22. 11th Dalmatian Pelican – Boubyan Island (18/10/18)
  23.  6th Paddyfield Warbler – JPR (24/10/18)
  24. 5th Arabian Grey Shrike – Pivot Fields (03/11/18)
  25. 11th Hume’s Leaf Warbler – Al Abraq (04/11/18)
  26. 16th Rufous Turtle Dove – Pivot Fields (13/11/18)
  27. 14th Eversmann’s Redstart – Al Abraq (04/11/18)
  28. 4th Calandra Lark – Dairy Farm Pivot Fields (24/11/18)
  29. 15th Eversmann’s Redstart – Green Island (25/11/18)
  30. 12th Hume’s Leaf Warbler – Jahra Farms (03/12/18)

Rarities Accepted on 22nd August 2018:

  1. Arabian Grey Shrike Lanius aucheri 4th – 1 on 1 May 2018, at Kabd Reserve, R. Al-Hajji.
  2. Amur Falcon Falco amurensis 3rd – 1 on 9 May 2018, at Jahra Pool Reserve, Laila Ashor.
  3. Pied Stonechat Saxicola caprata 2nd – 1 on 12 May 2018, at Jahra Farms, Dr Aref Alawadhi.
  4. Red Knot Calidris canutus 7th – 1 on 13 May 2018, at Jahra Pools Reserve, Omar Al-Shaheen.
  5. Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea 5th – 1 on 18 May 2018, en route from Kubbar Island, Bassel Abi Jammaa and Sajan Raju.
  6. Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla 5th – 1 on 19 May 2018, at Al-Abraq, Mike Pope, Markus Craig.
  7. White-eyed Gull Ichthyaetus leucophthalmus 1st – 1 on 22 May 2018, at Jahra Pools Reserve, Omar Al-Shaheen.
  8. Arctic Tern Bubulcus coromandus 8th – 1 on 13 June 2018, at Jahra Pools Reserve, Omar Al-Shaheen.
  9. Eleonora’s Falcon Falco eleonorae 1st – 1 on 15 June 2018, at Jahra Farms, Bassel Abi Jummaa.
  10. Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris 6th – 1 on 26 June 2018, at Jahra Pools Reserve, Omar Al-Shaheen.
  11. Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius 10th – 1 on 4 July 2018, at Jahra Pools Reserve, Omar Al-Shaheen.
  12. Striated Heron Butorides striata 6th – 1 on 7 July 2018, at Jahra Pools Reserve, Pradeep Kumar Choudhary.
  13. Long-tailed Shrike Acrocephalus agricola 5rd – 1 on 16 July 2018, at Jahra Pools Reserve, Dhari Alajell, O Al-Shaheen
  14. Paddyfield Warbler Hydrocoloeus minutus 8th – 1 on 4 August 2018, at Mutla’a Ranch, Mike Pope, Neil Tovey.

Rarities Accepted on 8th May 2018:

  1. Plain Leaf Warbler Phalaropus fulicarius 1st – 1 on 1 May 2008, at SAANR, A. Al-Sirhan.
  2. Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus 1st – 1 on 13 May 2008, at SAANR, A. Al-Sirhan.
  3. White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla 5th – 1 on 27 December 2017, at Jahra Pools Reserve, Raphaël Lebrun.
  4. Pin-tailed Snipe Gallinago stenura 1st – 1 on 6 January 2018, at Sulaibiya Pivot Fields, Markus Craig.
  5. Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria 14th – 1 on 13 January 2018, at Sulaibiya Pivot Fields, Markus Craig.
  6. Western Stock Dove Columba oenas 11th – 1 on 16 January 2018, at Sulaibiya Pivot Fields, Neil Tovey.
  7. Mesopotamian Crow Corvus (cornix) capellanus 3rd – 1 on 17 February 2018, at Sulaibiya Pivot Fields, Mike Pope.
  8. Long-eared Owl Asio otus 9th – 2 on 17 February 2018, at Al-Abraq, Sajan Raju.
  9. Eastern Cattle Egret Bubulcus coromandus 2nd – 1 on 24 April 2018, at Jahra Pools Reserve, Markus Craig.
  10. Collared Flycatcher Ficedula albicollis 2nd – 1 on 14 May 2018, at Jahra Farms, Bassel Abi Jummaa.
  11. Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni 13th – 1 on 14 May 2018, at Jahra Farms, Bassel Abi Jummaa.
  12. Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus 8th – 1 on 7 May 2018, at Jahra Pools Reserve, Markus Craig and Omar Al-Shaheen.

Rarities Accepted on 2nd April 2018:

  1. Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei 19th – 1 on 10 January 2017, at Jahra Pools Reserve, Hamad Boresli.
  2. Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni 11th – 1 on 10 November 2017, at Jahra Farms, Bassel Abi Jumma.
  3. Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni 12th – 1 on 17 November 2017, at Mutla’a Ranch, Hugues Dufourny.
  4. Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes 3rd – 1 on 15 November 2017, at Jahra East Outfall, Rashed Al-Hajji.
  5. Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes 4th – 1 on 18 November 2017, at Mutla’a Ranch, Neil Tovey.
  6. Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus 3rd – 1 on 17 November 2017, at Mutla’a Ranch, A. Al-Sirhan.
  7. Long-eared Owl Asio otus 8th – 2 on 17 November 2017, at Mutla’a Ranch, Per Jansen and Martin Kviesgaard.
  8. Rook Corvus frugilegus 4th – 1 on 23 November 2017, at Greek Residance, Kuwait City, M Craig.
  9. Grey-throated Martin Riparia chinensis 1st – 1 on 24 November 2017, at Jahra Pools Reserve, M Craig.
  10. Pale Martin Riparia diluta 1st – 1 on 26 November 2017, at Jahra Pools Reserve, M Craig.
  11. Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius 10th – 13 on 13 December 2017, at Sulaibiya Pivot Fields, Peter Stronach and Dan Pointon.
  12. Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos 11th – 2 on 15 December 2017, at SAANR, Rashed Al-Hajji.

Rarities Accepted on 7th August 2017:

  1. Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons 5th – 7 on 29-Oct-16, at Jahra East Outfall, A Al-Rashed.
  2. Eversmanns Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus 12th – 1 on 15-Nov-16, at Mutla’a Ranch, A Al Sirhan.
  3. Masked Wagtail Motacilla a. personata 6th – 1 on 1-Nov-16, at Wafra Farms, H Al Shajji.
  4. Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes 2nd – 1 on 16-Nov-16, at Al Abraq, H Rask, B Rasmussen.
  5. Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni 10th – 2 on 17-Nov-16, at Jahra Farms, H Dufourney.
  6. Eversmanns Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus 13th – 1 on 19-Nov-16 at Al-Shallal’s Farm, H Dufourney.
  7. Stock Dove Columba oenas 10 14-Nov-16 1 Jahra Pools Reserve, H Dufourney.
  8. Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha 10th – 1 on 17-Nov-16, at Jal Al Zour, D Mauras.
  9. Humes Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei 8th – 1 on 18-Nov-16, at Al Zour Port Village, Henrik Rask.
  10. Hume’s Wheatear Oenanthe albonigra 8th – 1 on 25-Nov-16, at SAANR, Dhari Al-Ajeel.
  11. Humes Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei 9th – 1 on 28-Nov-16, at Al Abraq, O Al Shaheen.
  12. Humes Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei 10th – 1 on 5-Dec-16, at SAANR, O Al Shaheen.
  13. Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra 3rd – 1 on 10-Dec-16, at Liyah Reserve, R Al Hajji.
  14. Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria 12th – 1 on 19-Dec-16, at Pivot Fields, K Al Ghanem.
  15. Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor 3rd – 1 on 4-Jan-17, at Sulaibikhat Bay, WP Big Year Team.
  16. Pale Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne (fuligula) fuligula 10th – 5 on 4-Jan-17, at Jahra Pools Reserve, N Tovey.
  17. Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius 9th – 7 on 9-Jan-17, at Pivot Fields, WP Big Year Team.
  18. Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes 3rd – 1 on 7-Feb-17, at Al Abraq, M Craig.
  19. Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria 12th – 1 on 20-Feb-17, at Al Abraq, M Craig.
  20. White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla 4th – 1 on 25-Feb-17, at Jahra Pools Reserve, M Craig.
  21. Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus 4th – 3 on 20-Mar-17, at Jahra Pools Reserve, A Al Sirhan.
  22. Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler Phylloscopus orientalis 3rd – 1 on 21-Mar-17, at Mutla’a Ranch, M Craig.
  23. Radde’s Accentor Prunella ocularis 4th – 1 on 31-Mar-17, at Liyah Reserve (South) B Jummaa, P Fagel.
  24. Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 2nd – 1 on 11-Apr-17, at Jahra Pools Reserve, P Colston, P Gluth.
  25. Black Scrub Robin Cercotrichas podobe 5th – 1 on 14-Apr-17, at Kabd Reserve, Aaref Al-Awadi, Mohammad Al Kandari.
  26. Black Scrub Robin Cercotrichas podobe 6th – 1 on 14-Apr-17, at Mutla’a Ranch, Bassel Jummaa.
  27. Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 3rd – 1 on 18-Apr-17, at Al Kout – Fahaheel, Richard Jeffrey.
  28. Great Snipe Gallinago media 14th – 1 on 23-Apr-17, at Jahra Pools Reserve, M Askar.
  29. Black Scrub Robin Cercotrichas podobe 7th – 1 on 6-May-17, at SAANR, O Al Shaheen.
  30. Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus 4th – 1 on 6-Jun-17, at Jahra Pools Reserve, O Al Shaheen.

Rarities Accepted on 24 October 2016:

  1. Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta 11th – 2 on 23-Jan-16, at Khiran (south of Khor), M Pope.
  2. Long-eared Owl Asio otus 7th -1 on 1-Mar-16, at Al-Abraq, O Al Shaheen.
  3. Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus 16th – 2 on 4-Mar-16, at Jahra Pools Reserve, K Al Ghanem.
  4. Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta 13th – 4 on 12-Mar-16, at Sea City, Road 278 (north of Khor) M Pope.
  5. Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha 9th – 5 on 11-Mar-16, at Al-Abraq, M Craig.
  6. Red Knot Caldris canutus 5th – 2 on 18-Apr-16, at Jahra Pools Reserve, M Craig.
  7. Red Knot Caldris canutus 6th – 1 on 4-May-16, at Jahra Pools Reserve, N Tovey.
  8. Arctic Tern Sterna pardisaea 7th – 1 on 30-Jul-16, at Jahra Pools Reserve, N Tovey, M Pope.
  9. Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina 2nd -1 on 13-Sep-16, at Jahra Pools Reserve, N Tovey.
  10. Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo 11th – 7 on 18-Sep-16, at Jahra Pools Reserve, O Al Shaheen.
  11. Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus 3rd – 1 on 10-Oct-16, at Al Abraq, R Al Hajji M Pope.
  12. Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla 4th – 1 on 14-Oct-15, at Mutla’a Ranch, M Craig.
  13. Common Crane Grus grus 9th – 1 on 16-Oct-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve, M Craig.
  14. Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus 17th – 1 on 16-Oct-16, at Jahra Pools Reserve, M Craig.

Rarities Accepted on 3rd February 2016:

  1. Variable Wheatear Oenanthe picata 2nd -1 on 25-Apr-15, at Kabd Reserve, M Craig.
  2. Booted Warbler Hippolais caligata 5th -1 on 1-Sep-15, at Jahra East Outfall, R Al Hajji.
  3. Demoiselle Crane Anthropoides virgo 10th – 2 on 12-Sep-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve, K Al Nasrallah.
  4. Grey-necked Bunting Emberiza buchanani 5th – 1 on 20-Sep-15, at Al-Abraq, H Al Shayji, A Alyousef.
  5. Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia o. meena 13th – 1 on 30-Sep-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve, M Khorshed Mkhorshed.
  6. Striated Heron Butorides striatus 5th – 1 on 3-Oct-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve, O Al Shaheen.
  7. Black Tern Chlidonias niger 15th -1 on 4-Oct-15, at Jahra East Outfall, Ammar Al-Juraiwi.
  8. Sooty Falcon Falco concolor 13th -1 on 7-Oct-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve, O Al Shaheen, A Al Juraiwi.
  9. Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei 15th – 1 on 15-Oct-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve, M Craig.
  10. Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos 10th – 1 on 25-Oct-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve, N Tovey.
  11. Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus 7th -1 on 28-Oct-15, at Abu Hasaniya, O Al Shaheen, H Al Shajji.
  12. Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia o. meena 14th – 1 on 2-Nov-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve, Ahmed Salem.
  13. Humes Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei 6th – 1 on 5-Nov-15, at Al-Abraq, A Al Sirhan.
  14. Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus 15th – 2 on 9-Nov-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve, O Al Shaheen.
  15. White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla 3rd – 1 on 13-Nov-15, at Falaika Island M Al Moshwah, A Al Khamees.
  16. Humes Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei 7th – 1 on 17-Nov-15, at Mutla’a Ranch, P Fagel.
  17. Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus 1st – 1 on 19-Nov-15, at Al-Salmy, Sheikh Sabah Al Sabah, O Al Shaheen.
  18. Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus (rubescens) japonicus 18th – 1 on 19-Nov-15, at Jahra Farm, N Tovey.
  19. Red Knot Caldris canutus 4th – 2 on 19-Nov-15, at Jahra East Outfall, K Haataja, H Palojärvi.
  20. Taiga Flycatcher Ficedula albicilla 3rd – 1 on 20-Nov-15, at Al-Abraq, K Haataja, P Fagel.
  21. Stock Dove Columba oenas 9th – 1 on 21-Nov-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve, Oda al-Bathali.
  22. Arabian Grey Shrike Lanius aucheri 4th – 1 on 22-Nov-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve, O Al Shaheen.
  23. Eversmanns Redstart Phoenicurus erythronotus 11th – 1 on 5-Dec-15, at Road 278, Khiran, M Pope.
  24. Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta 13th – 4 on 12-Dec-15, at Sea City, Road 278 (north of Khor), M Pope.
  25. Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta 15th – 1 on 22-Dec-15, at Al-Abraq, H Bourseli.
  26. Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor 3rd – 1 on 25-Dec-15, at Sulaibikhat Bay, R Al Hajji.

Rarities Accepted on 10th August 2015:

  1. Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius 9th – 1 on 16-Apr-15, at Jahra East Outfall, M Craig.
  2. Red-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps 6th – 1 on 24-Apr-15, at Mutla’a Ranch, M Craig.
  3. Black Scrub Robin Cercotrichas podobe 3rd on 1- 24-Apr-15, at Al Dhahar Area, M Shah M Pope.
  4. Black Scrub Robin Cercotrichas podobe 4th – 1 on 9-May-15, at Kuwait Zoo, F Al Nomas M Pope.
  5. Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus 3rd – 1 on 23-May-15, at Mina Al Zour, M Pope.
  6. Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta 11th -3 on 23-May-15, at Khiran (south of Khor), M Pope.
  7. Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus 3rd – 2 on 25-May-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve, O Al Shaheen.
  8. Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta 14th -1 on 25-May-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve, O Al Shaheen.
  9. Arctic Tern Sterna pardisaea 6th – 2 on 13-Jun-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve, O Al Shaheen.
  10. Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus 4th – 1 on 1-Jul-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve,, O Al Shaheen.
  11. Sabine’s Gull Xema sabini 1st – 1 on 31-Jul-15, at Jahra Pools Reserve (JPR) M Pope, N Tovey M Pope.
  12. Sooty Falcon Falco concolor 12th -1 on 21-Aug-15, at Mutla’a Ranch M Pope, M Craig.

Recent Rarities accepted on 10/08/2015 since last update on 04/02/2015:

  1. Plain Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus neglectus 1st – 1 on 15/04/2015 at Muta’a Ranch, Markus Craig.
  2. Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons 4th – 2 on 20/01/2015 at JPR, H Bouresli.
  3. Grey-necked Bunting Emberiza buchanani 4th – 1 on 24/01/2015 at Al Abraq by M Craig and one probable on 23/01/2015 H Bouresli.
  4. Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei 12th – 1 on 30/01/2015 at Green Island, Neil Tovey.
  5. Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei 13th – 1 on 03/02/2015 at Al Abraq, M Craig
  6. Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei 14th – 1 on 05/02/2015 at Al Liyah, A Al-Jeraiwi and O Al-Shaheen.
  7. Hooded Crow Corvus cornix 2nd – 1 on 07/02/2015 at Jahra Pols Reserve, M Craig.
  8. Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator 2nd – 1 on 11/02/2015 at Jahra Pools Reserve, M Craig.
  9. Masked Wagtail Motacilla (alba) personata 5th – 1 on 15/02/2015 at Jahra East Outfall by Neil Tovey.
  10. Striated Heron Butorides striata 4th – 1 on 21/02/2015 at Khiran Marina, Mike Pope.
  11. Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta 12th – 8 on 21/02/2015 at and 3 on 23/05/2015 Khiran (South of Khor), Ammar Al-Jeraiwi and Mike Pope respectively.
  12. Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta 13th – 2 on 07/03/2015 at Sea City (North of Khor), Mike Pope.
  13. Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius 8th – 1 on 28/02/2015 at Entertainment City, A.Al-Sirhan.
  14. Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius 9th – 2 on 16/04/2015 at Jahra Pools Reserve, Markus Craig.
  15. Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus 14th – 2 on 03/03/2015 at Jahra Pool Reserve, Omar Al-Shaheen.
  16. Little Gull Hydrocoloeus minutus 6th – 1 on 01/04/2015 at Jahra Pools Reserve, M Craig.
  17. Great Snipe Gallinago media 11th – 1 on 13/04/2015 at JahraPools Reserve, Markus Craig.
  18. Red-headed Bunting Emberiza bruniceps 9th – 1 on 24/04/2015 at Muta’a Ranch, Markus Craig.
  19. Black Scrub Robin Cercotrichas podobe 3rd – 1 on 24/04/2015 at Al Dhahar Area, Mohammad Shah.
  20. Black Scrub Robin Cercotrichas podobe 4th – 1 on 09/05/2015 at Kuwait Zoo, Faisal Al-Nomas.
  21. Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus 3rd – 1 on 23/05/2015 at Mina Al Zour by Mike Pope, then 2 on 25/05/2015 at Jahra Pools Reserve by Omar Al-Shaheen.
  22. Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea 6th – 2 on 13/06/2015 at Jahra Pool Reserve, Omar Al-Shaheen.
  23. Long-tailed Skua Stercorarius longicaudus 4th – 1 on 01/07/2015 at Jahra Pools Reserve, Omar Al-Shaheen.

Recent Rarities accepted on 04/02/2015 since last update on 04/11/2014:

  1. Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor – 3rd – 1 on 06/11/2014 at Sulaibikhat Bay, by Kane Brides, Robbie Hawkins and AbdulRahman Al-Sirhan.
  2. Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus – 8th – 1 on 03/12/2014 at Al-Abraq by Mohammad Murad.
  3. Rock Bunting Emberiza cia – 4th – 1 on 02/12/2014 at Al-Abraq, Mohd Khorshed.
  4. Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei – 11th – 1 on 07/12/2014 at Um Niqqa Farms, Khalaf Al-Fahad.
  5. Olive-backed Pipit Anthus hodgsoni – 9th – 1 on 08/12/2014 at Al-Abraq, M Khorshed.
  6. Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes – 1st – 1 on 06/11/2014 at Jahra Pools Reserve, by M. Khorshed.
  7. Desert Finch Rhodospiza obsoleta – 11th – 1 on 10/11/2014 at Sabhan Area by Saad Al-Nouri
  8. Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus – 2nd – 2 on 11/11/2014 at Al-Khiran by Khalaf Al-Fahad.
  9. European Greenfinch Chloris chloris – 2nd – 1 on 29/11/2014 at Jahra Pools Reserve, Mohd Khorshed.
  10. Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius – 8th – 1 on 06/11/2014 at Jahra Pools Reserve, by Ammar Al-Jeraiwi.
  11. White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla – 2nd – 1 on 11/12/2014 at Jahra Pools Reserve, Yousef Al-Failakawy, Faisal Al-Nomass.< br/>
  12. Long-eared Owl Asio otus – 5th – 2 on 05/12/2014 at Al-Abraq, K Al-Ghanem.
  13. Long-eared Owl Asio otus – 6th – 1 on 05/12/2014 at Jahra Pools Reserve, by Abdullatif Asiri.
  14. Hume’s Leaf Warbler Phylloscopus humei – 5th – 1 on 03/12/2014 at Al-Abraq, by O Al-Shaheen, H Al-Shayji.
  15. Goldcrest Regulus regulus – 2nd – 2 on 01/12/2014 at Al-Abraq by Hamad Bouresli.

Recent Rarities accepted on 04/11/2014 since last update on 14/07/2014:

  1. Black Tern Chlidonias niger – 14th – 1 on 25/07/2014 at JEO O Al-Shaheen.
  2. Red Knot Calidris canutus – 3rd – 1 on 07/08/2014 at JPR by Rashed Al-Hajji.
  3. Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey – 7th – 2 on 19/08/2014 at Abduliyah KOC Reserve, H Al-Shayji.
  4. Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola – 3rd – 1 on 25/08/2014 at Jahra East Outfall, R Al-Hajji.
  5. Paddyfield Warbler Acrocephalus agricola – 4th – 1 on 09/09/2014 at Al-Abraq, H Bouresli.
  6. Grey Phalarope Phalaropus fulicarius – 7th – 1 on 02/09/2014 at Jahra Pools Reserve, K Al-Khanem.
  7. Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo – 9th – 1 on 12/09/2014 shot dead by a hunter at Gulf Road, reported by Abdulaziz Al-Yousef.
  8. Rufous Turtle Dove Streptopelia (orientalis) meena – 12th – 1 on 09/10/2014 at Jahra Pools Reserve, Omar Al-Shaheen.
  9. Striated Heron Butorides striata – 3rd – 1 on 17/10/2014 at Jahra Pool Reserve, Mohammad Hamza Askar.
  10. Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei – 10th – 1 on 23/10/2014 at Al-Abraq, H Bouresli, M Khorshed.
  11. Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons – 3rd – 7 on 31/11/2014 at JPR, O Al-Shaheen, H Al-Shayji.

Addition to Kuwait Bird Checklist since last update on 14/07/2014:

Three new species/subspecies have been added to Category A since last update (31/12/2013):

  1. Variable Wheatear Oenanthe picata 1st – 1 on 24/03/2014 at Liyah Reserve, R Al-Hajji.
  2. Hooded Crow Corvus cornix 1st – 1 on 10/06/2014 at Kubbar Island, A Vidalis, S Zoogaris.
  3. Black-eared Kite Milvus (migrans) lineatus

KORC has decided to treat the wintering species of the Black Kite as of the subspecies Black-eared Kite Milvus (migrans) lineatus. The status of this subspecies is now considered by KORC to be a wintering species. The nominate race is considered to be a passage migrant only.


Recent Rarities (15 and less) accepted by KORC since last update (31/12/2013):

  1. Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei – 2nd – 1 on 20/02/2005 at Tulha, SAANR, A. Al-Sirhan.
  2. Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius – 6th – 4 shot dead by bird shooters, at Ritqa on 13/03/2013 reported A. Al-Surayae.
  3. Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei – 9th – 1 on 02/01/2014 at Al-Abraq, A.Al-Sirhan, G. Brown.
  4. Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius – 7th – 2 shot dead by bird shooters at Ritqa on 18/02/2014 reported by Omar Al-Shaheen.
  5. Barbary Falcon Falco (peregrinus) pelegrinoides – 5th – 1 on 18/03/2014 at Sabhan, Saad Al-Nouri.
  6. Streak-throated Swallow Petrochelidon fluvicola – 2nd – 2 on 14/04/2014 at Jahra Pool Reserve, Birdfinder Group.
  7. Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos – 9th – 1 on 15/04/2014 at Jahra Pool Reserve, M Craig.
  8. Eastern Nightingale Luscinia (megarhynchos) golzii – 4th – 1 on 17/04/2014 at Mutla Farm, Hamad Boresli.
  9. Eastern Nightingale Luscinia (megarhynchos) golzii – 5th – 1 on 17/04/2014 at Kabd Reserve, Omar Al-Shaheen.
  10. Eastern Nightingale Luscinia (megarhynchos) golzii – 6th – 1 on 26/04/2014 at Abdaly Farms, A.Al-Sirhan.
  11. Eastern Nightingale Luscinia (megarhynchos) golzii – 7th – 1 on 29/04/2014 at Wafra,Humoud Al-Shayji.
  12. Striolated Bunting Emberiza striolata – 3rd – 1 on 23/04/2014 at Mutla Farm, Hamad Boresli.
  13. Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica – 3rd – 1 shot dead on 28/04/2004 at Entertainment City, reported by Mike Pope.
  14. Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus – 2nd – 1 on 24/05/2014 at Kuwait Bay, O.Al-Shaheen, H.Al-Shayji, A.Al-Yousef.
  15. Black Tern Chlidonias niger – 13th – 1 on 10/06/2014 at JEO, Mohd Khorshed.
  16. Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus – 8th – 2 on 15/06/2014 at Buobyan Island, K & N Al-Nasrallah, P. Fagel.
  17. Striated Heron Butorides striata – 2nd – 1 on 06/07/2014 at Jahra Pool Reserve, K.Al-Ghanem.

De-lists since last update (31/12/2013):

Arabian Golden Sparrow Passer euchlorus. KORC has decided to de-list this species after being in Kuwait Bird List for almost two years. There is now evidence that this species is sold in bird Markets in Jedda and Riyad, in KSA. Escapees have been seen in Riyad area for at least two years before it occurred in Kuwait. And recently has been confirmed breeding in the wild north of Riyad. We thus believe that this record of 13/11/2010 at Al-Abraq in not genuine vagrant from southern Arabia, but rather from the escaped birds from Riyad. Based on this recent knowledge, KORC has decided to de-list the bird, and it now considers it as an escapee.

Taxonomy changes since last update (31/12/2013):

  1. Common Quail Coturnix coturnix has been re-sequenced. It is now below Red-breasted Merganser in Kuwait Bird List.
  2. Pygmy Cormorant, the genus name has been updated and it is now Microcarbo. Before it used to be Phalacrocorax.
  3. African Darter Anhinga rufa is now split and no longer written as Anhinga (melanogaster) rufa.
  4. The falcons (Falconidae) have been re-sequenced and no longer after the eagles and buzzards. In Kuwait Bird List they are now after the Eurasian Wryneck.
  5. Purple Swamphen Porphyrio (porphyrio) poliocephalus. The breeding population in Kuwait and Arabia is now believed to be the subspecies poliocephalus. which is now considered synonymous to caspius & seistanicus hence the English name changed to Grey-headed Swamphen.
  6. The genus name of Franklin’s Gull, Mediterranean Gull and Great Black-headed Gull has been changed to Leucophaeus. It used to be Larus.
  7. Westren Stock Dove Columba oenas. The addition of ‘Western’ is to differentiate it from a larger eastern subspecies Columba oenas yarkandensis
  8. Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri. Resequenced and now appears in Kuwait List after the Barbary Falcon.
  9. Lesser Short-toed Lark Alaudala rufescens. The genus name has been changed to Alaudala instead of Calandrella, although morphologically similar to Greater Short-toed, they are not close to each other.
  10. Pale Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne obsoleta. IOC accepts split, it is now no longer Ptyonoprogne (fuligula) obsoleta in Kuwait Bird List.
  11. Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas galactotes. It is no longer in genus Erythropygia. It is thus close Black Scrub Robin.
  12. White-throated Robin Irania gutturalis. Resequenced and became after Eastern Nightingale in Kuwait Bird List.
  13. Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha. Resequenced, now after Isabelline Wheatear in Kuwait Bird List.
  14. Hume’s Wheatear Oenanthe albonigra. Resequenced, now after White-crowned Wheatear in Kuwait List.
  15. Kurdistan Wheatear Oenanthe xanthoprymna. Resequenced, now Red-tailed Wheatear comes after it in Kuwait Bird List.
  16. Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi. IOC accepts split and thus no longer written as Anthus (novaseelandiae) richardi in Kuwait Bird List.

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