Israel is well known as being one of the best sites in the world to enjoy migration. Millions of migrants from hundreds of species pass through Israel twice a year, making it one of the world's busiest and most impressive flyways. Besides being a terrestrial bridge between the African continent and the Eurasian landmass, Israelis characterized by a wide range of habitats and as a result presents a rich biodiversity all year round.

Southern Israel is mostly arid and its interesting deserts are the northern tip of the breeding range of many African and near eastern bird species. Northern Israel with its high mountains and fertile green areas is the southern tip for many birds of European and Asian origin. Mt. Hermon in Israel's extreme north is the tip of the vast Syrian mountain range and as such hosts some regional specialties that are hard to find anywhere else.

Israel's mild winter hosts over 150 species of northern breeders, that choose to pass the winter months here, including some very rare species. Israel offers excellent birding year round with every season hosting its own specialties. Israel hosts a wide range of interesting breeding and non-breeding resident species. Common birds like Yellow-vented Bulbul, Palestine Sunbird, Laughing Dove, Hoopoe and Syrian Woodpecker can be found in metropolitan areas year round.

Highly coveted near-eastern species like Black Francolin, Long-billed Pipit, Syrian Serin, Graceful Prinia and Clamorous Reed Warbler are easy to find most of the year in the right habitats.

Israel's diverse desert regions are home to regional specialties like: Macqueen's Bustard, Spotted, Black-bellied, Crowned and Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, Western Reef Heron, White-eyed Gull, Nubian Nightjar, the enigmatic Hume's Tawny Owl, Namaqua Dove, 3 species of Wheatears, Blackstart, Streaked Scrub Warbler, Desert, bar-tailed and Hoopoe Larks, Arabian Warbler, Desert and Trumpeter finch and many more. Most of these species can all be found year round if you know where to go. (text courtesy of The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel).


Blackstart © Peter Nash

Showing the 31 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted

Israel, August/September 2000, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Israel, 25th November - 2nd December 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Eilat, Israel, October 2000, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Israel, 6th - 24th March 2002, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 10, 2004)

Israel, April 2004 , author Surfbirds Admin (link created September 10, 2004)

Israel - on migration - a photo essay , author Surfbirds Admin (link created September 10, 2004)

Israel - 21st - 29th March 2008, author Ed O'Hara (added May 20, 2008)
(Hume's Tawny Owl, Daurian Shrike, Black Bush Robin, Caspian Plover)

Champions of the Flyway - March 2015, author Birding Ecotours (added May 19, 2015)

Israel, 15-29th March 2008, author Daniel López Velasco (added May 10, 2009)
(photo gallery)

Israel, January 10th -14th 2007, author Noah Gaines (added March 9, 2007)

Israel 17th-24th February 2008, author Dave Horton (added March 8, 2008)
(Wintering Species concentrating on the South of the Country)

Israel - February 2016, author Mark Hows (link created March 23, 2016)
(Nubian Nightjar, Mammals)

Israel, 19-25 February, author Ivailo Nikolov (link created March 17, 2006)
(Israel, Hula Valley, Marbled Duck, Greater Spotted Eagle, Pied Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher)

Israel - 17th -31st January 2009, author simon rix (added March 1, 2009)
(Saker, MacQueens Bustard, Humes Owl, Striated Scops Owl, Oriental Skylark)

Eilat Birdwatching Festival, March 2007, author Jonathan Meyrav (link created June 14, 2007)
(Dunn's Lark, Saunder's Tern, Maqueen's Bustard and more)

Israel, March 2009 with Oenanthe Birding Adventures, author Chris Lansdell (link created June 11, 2009)
(Hume's Owl, Egyptian Nightjar, Striated Scops Owl, Sinai Rosefinch, Oriental Honey Buzzard and a real migrant-fest!)

Southern Israel - a bird race for conservation - March 2016, author Chris Lotz, Birding Ecotours (link created June 10, 2016)
(We the South African/Birding Ecotours team, were to be the only southern hemisphere team to take part in this incredible bird race.)

Israel North & South March-May 2000, author Bas Van de Meulengraaf (link created July 31, 2006)
(Eilat, En Avdat, En Gedi, Sde Boker, En Afew, Hula, Rose-colored starling, Yellow-browed warbler, Cyprus warbler and many more)

Israel 3rd – 11th December 2005, author Richard Bonser (added January 28, 2006)

Israel - March - April 2000, author John van der Woude (link created January 25, 2011)
(North and South)

Kiryat Ono, Israel - January 21, 2009, author iddo epstein (added January 22, 2009)
(Kiryat Ono)

Israel - 22 December - 4 January 2010, author Ruben Vlot (link created January 10, 2011)

Israel - Soaring Birds Migration Survey, Sept 2008, author Chris Lansdell (link created December 22, 2008)
(A report of my participation in the annual survey in Northern Israel, raptors, storks, pelicans and more (Chris Lansdell, Oenanthe Birding Adventures))

Northern Israel - 12th - 19th November 2012, author Glyn Sellors (link created August 14, 2016)
(Stunning images of Pied and White-throated Kingfishers, Spur-winged Plover and many others)

Israel, Egypt, Cyprus and Turkey Cruise - 31st March - 7th April 2010, author Mark Graham (added April 9, 2010)
(Thompson Spirit Cruise)

Israel Birding March-April Trip 2010, author Dani Valverde (link created April 9, 2010)

Israel - March 12th - 22nd 2011, author John Gallagher (added April 6, 2011)
(Bet She'an Valley, Dead Sea, Nizzana, Eilat, Southern Arava, Ma'agan Mikhael)

Israel 2nd - 13th April 2017, author Julian Thomas (added April 28, 2017)
(Black Bush Robin, Macqueen's bustard, Black Vulture, Long-billed Pipit, Eagle Owl)

Israel - 21st – 28th March 2009, author Ian Graham & Garry Armstrong (added April 23, 2009)
(Our trip coincided with the annual bird festival in Eilat)

Israel - 14th - 28th March 2009, author Ian Graham & Garry Armstrong (link created April 21, 2009)

Israel March-April 2008, author Richard Bonser (link created April 19, 2008)
(Black Bush Robin, Crested Honey Buzzard & Caspian Plover plus the usual specialities and spring migrants)

Showing the 1 Latest Recent Sightings Posted

Kiryat Ono field, Common Sonechat - 8 European Goldfinch - author iddo epstein (added January 31, 2009)