There are 5 species of Kingfisher recorded in Arabia, with the possibility of an additional species; namely Malachite Kingfisher which is considered a vagrant to the Region.
Of these, 3 are recorded in Kuwait of which White-throated Kingfisher is the easiest to find and is resident.
|White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) in Kuwait|
Pied Kingfisher is large and unmistakable and is a lot more difficult to find. It is found in coastal, marine and inland areas.
|Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) in Kuwait|
|Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) in Kuwait|
|Grey-headed Kingfisher (Halycon leucocephala) in Salalah, Oman|
Earlier this year, I was invited by the Environment and Protected Areas Authority of Sharjay to represent Kuwait at the 14th Conservation Workshop for the Biodiversity of Arabia and what a fantastic event this was. On the last day, we were taken to Fujeriah where we visited the protected area of Khor Kalba the home of the very small and endangered population of the Arabian Collared Kingfisher (Todirhamphus chloris kalbaensis). It is generally treated as the kalbaensis sub-species and is suspected to differ from the population of the Red Sea. However, this was my 5th and last Kingfisher seen of the Region and was an exciting tick, albeit distant and against the light. Many thanks to EPAA of Sharjah for providing this opportunity for the insightful workshop and visit to Khor Kalba.
|Arabian Collared Kingfisher (Todirhamphus chloris kalbaensis) in Khor Kalba, UAE|