Oman to see over 400 bird species this migratory season

Oman Wednesday 27/October/2021 13:07 PM
By: Times News Service
Oman to see over 400 bird species this migratory season
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Muscat: Around 70 sites have been identified as ideal in the Sultanate of Oman to receive more than 400 species of migratory birds from October till February.

"Natural reserves in the Sultanate of Oman, oases, swamps, islands, khors, dense wooded areas, and mountainous environments will witness a massive reception of migratory birds from Europe, West and East Asia in October as it is the beginning of the winter migration season," Oman News Agency (ONA) said in a statement.

More than 400 species of migratory birds will visit these sites until the end of February 2022, constituting more than 80 per cent of the 532 species of birds registered and counted in the Sultanate of Oman.

Aziza bint Saud Al Athaibi, Head of Wetland Management Department at the Environment Authority, said that the Sultanate of Oman’s environment, especially the marine environment, is a fertile area rich in safety elements and provides abundant food for these birds, explaining that there are 70 sites in the Sultanate that have been identified as important areas for bird migration.

"Birds take the East African and Central Asian path to reach the Sultanate, which is one of the large and important paths because it is the second largest in the world for bird migration. He stressed that the Sultanate has established a number of laws to preserve wildlife, and its accession to international and regional agreements to preserve and sustain birds population," Aziza Al Athoubia added.