Birding in Israel
Israel is well known as being one of the best sites in the world to enjoy migration. Millions of migrants from hundreds of species pass throughIsraeltwice a year, making it one of the world's busiest and most impressive flyways. Besides being a terrestrial bridge between the African continent and the Eurasian landmass,Israelis characterized by a wide range of habitats and as a result presents a rich biodiversity all year round.
Year Round Birding
Southern Israel is mostly arid and its interesting deserts are the northern tip of the breeding range of many African and near eastern bird species. Northern Israel with its high mountains and fertile green areas is the southern tip for many birds of European and Asian origin. Mt. Hermon in Israel's extreme north is the tip of the vast Syrian mountain range and as such hosts some regional specialties that are hard to find anywhere else.
Israel's mild winter hosts over 150 species of northern breeders, that choose to pass the winter months here, including some very rare species.
Israel offers excellent birding year round with every season hosting its own specialties
Israel hosts a wide range of interesting breeding and non-breeding resident species. Common birds like Yellow-vented Bulbul, Palestine Sunbird, Laughing Dove, Hoopoe and Syrian Woodpecker can be found in metropolitan areas year round.
Highly coveted near-eastern species like Black francolin, Long-billed Pipit, Syrian Serin, Graceful Prinia and Clamorous Reed Warbler are easy to find most of the year in the right habitats.
Israel's diverse desert regions are home to regional specialties like: Macqueen's Bustard, Spotted, Black-bellied, Crowned and Lichtenstein's Sandgrouse, Western Reef Heron, White-eyed Gull, Nubian Nightjar, the enigmatic Hume's Tawny Owl, Namaqua Dove, 3 species of Wheatears, Blackstart, Streaked Scrub Warbler, Desert, bar-tailed and Hoopoe Larks, Arabian Warbler, Desert and Trumpeter finch and many more. Most of these species can all be found year round if you know where to go.
The Israel Ornithological Center (IOC) is a leading research institution at the forefront of field studies in bird biology, behavior and habitats. The IOC hosts two birding festivals each year during the migration seasons to bring bird lovers one of the best birding tourism experiences available. Tour unique landscapes with outstanding professionals in the field.
The Eilat Bird Festival is hosted each Spring at the peak of the migration period in Eilat, on the Red Sea, with tours throughout Israel's southern regions, including the Arava, the Eilat Mountains, the Negev and the Dead Sea.
The Hula Valley Bird Festival is hosted each year during the Autumn migration. The festival features premiere birding experiences throughout Israel's northern regions, and in the marshy terrain of the Hula Valley.