21 January 2021

Brown-necked Raven – Wadi Ad Dewasir

The Brown-necked Raven occurs throughout the desert belt of the Old World from Cape Verde Islands east through Africa and Arabia to Kazakhstan and western Pakistan. They are a common resident breeder in Saudi Arabia and have been seen on the Farasan Islands as well as the Rub’ al-Khali and is commonest in the central and western regions of the Kingdom. As a result, it was not surprising to see many birds in the Wadi Ad Dewasir area, central Saudi Arabia, when we visited. They are normally not easy to approach and get photos of so the below attempts were my best efforts so far. On the trip back to Dhahran, many birds were seen along the road close to Wadi Ad Dewasir, presumably looking for road kill.