with Gregory Askew
"The Desert is Not Deserted"
The Saudi I Know and Love
At the Crossroads of Three Biogeographical Realms and Three Major Flyways
Palearctic residents in the north with migrants throughout on passage
Afrotropical residents and summer breeders in the southwest
Indomalayan residents, winter visitors, and vagrants in the east
Three major flyways pass through Saudi: Black Sea-Mediterranean flyway, Asian-East African flyway, Central Asian flyway
Over 500 species recorded to date
The Endemics and Near-endemics of the Arabian Peninsula
14 species endemic to the Arabian Peninsula
Asir Magpie, an endangered corvid found only in Saudi Arabia
Easiest place for near-endemics and regional specialties
Hypocolius, Arabian Dunn's Lark, Rufous-capped Lark, and Arabian Golden Sparrow
Regionally endemic seabirds
White-eyed Gull and Socotra Cormorant
Birding Hotspots in Saudi Arabia
Why I Love Saudi Birding
1. Saudi birds are cool!
2. Saudi's one of the most under-birded countries on the planet!
4,556 completed eBird checklists to Tarrant County's 69,100
283 eBirders to Tarrant's 4,417