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December 17, 2009

Birding Locations in Jordan

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Birding Locations in Jordan

birding in jordan

Petra
Just walk along the normal tourist routes. Stay at Mussa Spring Hotel or Al-Anbat Hotel.

Wadi Dana
Explore the orchards around the village. The road to Shawbak. Rummana campsite trail. There is a Visitors Centre at the Dana Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature.
Stay at Hotel Dana, Dana Guesthouse or Rummana camp site.

Qasr Al Kharana
Try the surrounding wadis – try birding along the wadi below the bridge before the castle. As well as Qasr Al Amra. Look for raptor migrations.
Azraq Oasis was once a great wetland.

Wadi Mujib Nature Reserve
Stop at the visitors center, then go birding along Siq Trail. Stay at the reserve camp, but book beforehand at the Wild Jordan Centre in Amman.

Wadi Rum
The area 3km from village along road towards Wadi Rum. Try also birding at Bait Ali camp. Stay at camp site, resthouse or Sunset Camp.

Aqaba
Go to the Aqaba Birds Observatory, located along the bird migration flyway. Also try wetlands and ponds around the town and seashores. To go to the Aqaba Sewerage Works apply beforehand to get a permit as it is close to the border.
Stay at Dune Village(12k from town, can dive), Bedouin Garden Village, Jordan Flower Hotel.

Azraq
Birding at the Azraq Wetland Reserve. Stay at Azraq resthouse or Zoubi Hotel.
Try looking for birds towards the Basalt Desert, north of Azraq. Shaumari Wildlife Reserve is 10km south of Azraq.

Car hire could be possible for ~JD35 per day.
In Amman stay at Cliff Hotel or Farah Hotel.

Resources for Birding in Jordan

Birding in Jordan

Birds of Lebanon and the Jordan area

Field Guide to the Birds of the Middle East (Princeton Field Guides)

“The birds of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan” by Ian J Andrews.

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