Egyptian ORC
EORC Species

Updated Checklist of the Birds of Egypt

The EORC will regularly publish updates of the checklist of Birds of Egypt. At the top of this page, you can download these updates (currently the 2019 updated checklist) in excel or in pdf format.

Concerning rarities
The EORC considers sightings of species with less than 10 previous records in Egypt, which are listed below, as well as all species not yet present on the checklist of Birds of Egypt. This list will be updated yearly to add species newly recorded in Egypt and delete those reaching the threshold of 10 records.

In addition, the EORC will also consider records of 5 species with more than 10 records in the country, but restricted to the Hala’ib triangle, with no record in the current Western Palaearctic limits (following Cramp & Simmons). For these 5 species, only records outside the Halaib will be considered.
Finally, the EORC will also ratify records of 5 species which produced more than 10 records in the past but are now extinct in the country.

5 species only outside the Halaib triangle:

  • Long-billed Pipit Anthus similis 
  • Shining Sunbird Nectarinia habessinica 
  • Rosy-patched Shrike Telophorus cruentus 
  • African Silverbill  Euodice cantans  
  • Sudan Golden Sparrow Passer luteus  

5 species with more than 10 records but now extinct: 

  • Ostrich Struthio camelus
  • Reed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus
  • Darter Anhinga melanogaster
  • Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus
  • Egyptian Plover Pluvianus aegyptius

Less than 10 records in Egypt:

  • Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus
  • Bean Goose Anser fabalis
  • Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus
  • Greylag Goose Anser anser
  • Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis
  • Brant Goose Branta bernicla
  • Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis
  • Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  • Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca
  • Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
  • Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta
  • Balearic Shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus
  • Wilson's Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus
  • Leach's Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa
  • Yellow Bittern Ixobrychus sinensis
  • African Openbill Anastomus lamelligerus
  • Lesser Flamingo Phoenicopterus minor
  • Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus
  • African Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer
  • Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppellii
  • Bateleur Terathopius ecaudatus
  • Gabar Goshawk Micronisus gabar
  • Tawny Eagle Aquila rapax
  • Wahlberg's Eagle Aquila wahlbergi
  • Great Bustard Otis tarda
  • Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus
  • Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  • Pin-tailed  & Swinhoe's Snipes Gallinago stenura / G. megala
  • Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris
  • Sabine's Gull Xema sabini
  • Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan
  • Grey-headed Gull Larus cirrocephalus
  • Saunders's Tern Sternula saundersi (outside known breeding colony)
  • Pin-tailed Sandgrouse Pterocles alchata
  •  Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles exustus  (outside Sandafa and Gebel Elba NP)
  • Common Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus
  • Mourning Collared Dove Streptopelia decipiens
  • Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis
  • Bruce's Green Pigeon Treron waalia
  • Pallid Scops Owl Otus brucei
  • Nubian Nightjar Caprimulgus nubicus
  • Abyssinian Roller Coracias abyssinicus
  • Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus
  • Oriental Skylark Alauda gulgula
  • Thick-billed Lark Ramphocoris clotbey
  • Streak-throated Swallow Petrochelidon fluvicola
  • Banded Martin Neophedina cincta
  • Asian Buff-bellied Pipit Anthus rubescens japonicus
  • Grey Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus
  • Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
  • Pied Stonechat Saxicola caprata
  • Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus, ssp maurus & armenicus
  • Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka
  • Basalt Wheatear Oenanthe lugens warriae
  • Red-tailed Wheatear Oenanthe chrysopygia
  • Black-throated Thrush Turdus atrogularis
  • Western Olivaceous Warbler Iduna opaca
  • Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus
  • Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus
  • Goldcrest Regulus regulus
  • Common Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla
  • Bearded Reedling Panurus biarmicus
  • Turkestan Shrike Lanius (isabellinus) phoenicuroides
  • Steppe Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris
  • Pied Crow Corvus albus
  • Desert Sparrow Passer simplex
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow Passer montanus
  • Yellow-throated Sparrow Petronia xanthocollis
  • Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus
  • Red-fronted Serin Serinus pusillus
  • Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus
  • Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea
  • Rustic Bunting Emberiza rustica
  • Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla
  • Yellow-breasted Bunting Emberiza aureola
  • Common Reed Bunting Emberiza schoeniclus

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