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Welcome to the world of Birds & Birdwatching in Israel!

Israel is situated at an intercontinental junction- a bottleneck for migration routes. An estimated 500 million (!!) birds pass through every spring and autumn, with 545 species in record. This website features Israel's latest birding news.

Enjoy and good birding!

ImoApp RBA

A free Rare Bird Alert Service

The rare bird alert service in Israel is kept in the Telegram app. There is also a web interface for non smartphone users.

Once connected, please search for other members of the group (Avner Cohen, Barak Granit or Yoav Perlman) and ask them to send you the invite to the RBA Israel group.
The service and the app are totally free.
Rough-legged Buzzard

Rough-legged Buzzard

2nd/3rd Record to Israel, previous record goes back to 1985!
Image by Moshe Cohen, finder: Rough-legged Buzzard

2011 Egyptian rarities report published

Brown Booby

March 2012, Summary of reports from various sources.

Better late than never...

Sh*t Birders Say

An excellent video that is worth sharing.

Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla), Mt. Baron, Golan Heights, 17/Dec/2011.

A long awaited 1st for the county!

White-breasted Kingfisher
(Halcyon smyrensis) Hula reserve, Jan.05

Cyprus Warbler
(Sylvia melanothorax) Wadi Shlomo, Feb.05

White-crowned Wheatear
(Oenanthe leucopyga) Mitzpe Ramon, Nov.05
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