8 Jun 2011

Eurasian Hoopoe

07/06/2011 – Dhahran Hills

A pair of Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops), which is a resident species which also breeds in Dhahran Camp, were enjoying moving various stones from one place to another. The first noted case of a pair breeding in Dhahran Camp was in mid April 1998 when two birds repeatedly entered a nest site beneath the roof of an unoccupied building. This was the first reported case of the species breeding in East Saudi Arabia (Phoenix 15: 10).










17 comments:

  1. They are also found in southern Saudi Arabia in the Baha region where they appear at the beginning of spring

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  2. Thanks Mrmughram, Were they breeding there or just passing through?

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  3. I have no idea as I only see them at the beginning of spring, to me their appearance signals the start of spring. But I have been told that it is their habitat.

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  4. I have seen one today just 20 km east of Riyadh today - sence of Arabic Spring!

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  5. We have a pair in Yanbu at the Cove compound!

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    1. Its October and I've seen a couple in eastern Riyadh

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  6. i have sen it today at KFUPM dhahran....

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  7. i have seen them now in Jubail and Ras Al-Khair eastren region for the past 5 yesrs to me there presecnce signals the beining of mild weather they just pass threw eastren reagion

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  8. I just saw it outside of my house in Jeddah.

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  9. We have them in Riyadh. They hang out in our villa compound of Ishbilia on the Eastern side of town.

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  10. I have seen one of these birds the last few days on the aramco compound in abqaiq. It is quite a lovely and lively bird.

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  11. Spotted one for the past three days in the desert on a drilling rigsite 30-40km South of Udalayah (80km south of Hofuf). He is feeding in the sand and doesn't seem very afraid of humans. He is just running when approached, not flying away.

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    1. It is great that so many p[eople are seeing this beautiful species in the kingdom.

      Jem

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  12. Just saw two of these amazing dudes in a compound in Sar, Bahrain.

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  13. A pair spotted in Barbar, Bahrain twice in the last week

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  14. Looks like there are a lot around in Bahrain and KSA

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