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Black-winged Kite - First for the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia

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  • Black-winged Kite - First for the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia

    On 29th & 30th March an adult Black-winged Kite was found in Dhahran, Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. This is the first record of Black-winged Kite in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia and the first away from the West Coast area of Saudi Arabia. It has been seen regularly in southwest Saudi Arabia but its status is unclear, although it appears to be a scarce resident on the Tihama and foothills. It may, however, only be an erratic breeding visitor from Africa. It has occurred in all months, as far north as Jeddah. In the United Arab Emirates the species has been recorded on 13 occasions and has been recorded 15 times in Kuwait with almost all records occurring in the 21st Century.

    Details and photographs of the bird can be found here

    This bird may be a wanderer from the Indian population rather than the African one, although we will never know.


  • #2
    Very nice. Compare the underwing with these more westerly birds - Yours shows the black secondaries of more easterly birds.

    Brian S


    • #3
      Coincident with general expansion of range in the northern Middle East too, e.g. increasing no. of records from SE Turkey in recent years, and the first and subsequent records in Iraq and Iran, all within the last decade or so. Interesting to learn where they're coming from though, as increase in Nile Delta could also have been responsible... (albeit probably not the Iranian birds).

      Guy M. Kirwan