20 June 2016

Indian Silverbills in Dhahran Camp – Bird records by Paul Wells

Paul was birding the old golf course area of Dhahran Camp when he came across a couple of Indian Silverbills. Indian Silverbill is a resident breeder in Dhahran but they are not often seen and occur in very small numbers. They probably colonized the area naturally, although there is a possibility escaped cage birds were originally involved. Birds are most often seen in Dhahran feeding on the seeds of tall grasses around the edges of the scrubby desert area as well as around the golf course. They normally occur in small groups of up to ten birds and are rarely seen singly. Paul has kindly allowed me permission to use his photos on my website two of which are shown below.