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Sandgrouse is published by OSME and contains papers and short notes on the ornithology of the OSME region, provides bird and conservation news from the region and a comprehensive round up of bird sightings in the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Sandgrouse Volume 34 (1) Spring 2012

Sandgrouse Cover 34 (1)

Cover photo: Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis at nest, Central marshes (of the southern marshlands complex), Iraq, late April 2010 © Mudhafar Salim

2Editorial: expansion of Sandgrouse’s area of interest.
4An annotated checklist of the birds of Iraq.
 Mudhafar A Salim, Omar Fadhil Al-Sheikhly, Korsh Ararat Majeed & RF Porter
44The Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus on Socotra, Yemen: population, ecology, conservation and ethno-ornithology.
 RF Porter & Ahmed Saeed Suleiman
63The first record of Yellow-throated Sparrow Gymnoris xanthocollis in Jordan.
 Fares Khoury, Lou’ai Al-Azzam, Tarek Qaneer & Yahia Shishani
65Greater Spotted Eagles Aquila clanga summering in Saudi Arabia?
 Jem Babbington & Philip Roberts
67The first record for Cyprus of Crimson-winged Finch Rhodopechys sanguineus.
 Birtan Gökeri & Wayne J Fuller
69Two Shikra Accipiter badius records from Turkey.
 Luke (Dogan) Smith
72Breeding of Pharaoh Eagle Owl Bubo ascalaphus in Iraq.
 Omar F Al-Sheikhly
78OSME News.
 Geoff Welch
82News & Information.
 Dawn Balmer (compiler)
90Obituary: Edward Gavrilov.
91Obituary: Simon Aspinall.
93Around the Region.
 Ian Harrison & Andrew Grieve (compilers)
Editor:Dr Peter Cowan OSME Editor, Department of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman
Editorial AdvisorsVasil Ananian, Simon Aspinall, Paul Goriup, Mike Jennings, Dr Fares Khoury, Guy Kirwan, Dr Stephen Newton, Arend Wassink
Photographic EditorPaul Doherty
Reviews EditorGuy Kirwan
Identification ConsultantsArnoud van den Berg, Chris Bradshaw, Andrew Lassey, Richard Porter