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Bird watching

Bird watchers beginner or experienced can have many advantages in bird watching with an organized group under the guidance of an expert birder with local knowledge. The aim of this tour is to provide a natural package of bird watching without the use of undesirable and harmful methods which are detrimental to both the community of rare birds and tourist industry in the long run.

The bird-life of the island is incredibly diverse: supposedly over 450 species of birds recorded of which 6 species are endemic to the island Socotra rock banting  (Emberiza socotran), Socotra cisticola (Cisticola haesitata), Socotra sparrow or grakle (Onychognathus frater), Socotra starling, Socotra sunbird (Nectarinia balfouri) and Socotra warbler (Incana incana).

About 11 endemic sub-species are common in Socotra, for instance Socotra buzzard (Buteo buteo ssp), as well as more than 45 species of birds breeding on the island such as Forbes-Watson’s swift, Somali starling, Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Palm doves (Streptopelia senegalensis), etc.

Socotra moreover host a large number of migrant birds arriving to the island during winter and summer of which waders and other coastal birds make up a significant proportion like Greater Flamingoes (Phoenicopterus rubber), Grey heron (Ardea cinerea), Sooty-gulls (Larus hemprichii), Black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus), etc.

The BirdLife International recognizes 22 important bird areas on the Socotra archipelago as the key sites for conservation. Socotra  trained birdwatcher will accompany you to the birdwatching hotspots depending on the time of the year. Favourite birdwatching areas on Socotra are west coast with cormorants, Ghoba around the meteor crater lake, hights of Dixam plateau, Qaryiah lagoon with flamingos, Arher and Suq with sea birds.

Do not forget to bring your birdwatching equipment with you.