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