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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

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