Sandgrouse 36 1

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 36 (1) Spring 2014

Sandgrouse Cover 36 (1)

Cover photo: Cream-coloured Coursers Cursorius cursor, Judea plains east of Beit Kama, Israel, 26 September 2013. © Amir Ben Dov

2Sociable Lapwing Vanellus gregarius in Syria during 2011: status, presence, habitat survey.
 Nabegh Ghazal Asswad
8The populations and distribution of the breeding birds of the Socotra archipelago, Yemen: 2. Shearwaters to Terns.
 RF Porter & Ahmed Saeed Suleiman
34Bird records from south-central Uzbekistan, 2010–2013.
 Thomas Edward Martin, Valentin Nivet-Mazerolles, Cecile Landsmann, Mathieu Guillemin, Jérôme Dubos, Frédéric Vallejo & Valery Dombrovski
50Further records of Small Buttonquail Turnix sylvaticus and ‘mangrove white-eye’ Zosterops sp in southwest Saudi Arabia.
 Jem Babbington & Philip Roberts
53Desert bird species found in the Afro-Arabian rift valley desert of the gulf of Aden and southern Red sea region.
 PJ Cowan
58The mystery of the ‘Syrian’ Serins wintering in northern Iraq is solved.
 RF Porter
61First record for Iran of Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea, near Jask city, Hormozgan province.
 Ali Alieslam
63Is the Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala displacing the endemic Cyprus Warbler S. melanothorax on Cyprus?
 Peter Flint & Alison McArthur
110From the Rarities Committees.
 Ian Harrison (compiler)
119OSME News.
 Robert Sheldon
124News & Information.
 Dawn Balmer (compiler)
129Around the Region.
 Ian Harrison & Chris Lamsdell (compilers)

Editor:Dr Peter Cowan OSME Editor, Department of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman
Editorial AdvisorsVasil Ananian, Paul Goriup, Mike Jennings, Dr Fares Khoury, Guy Kirwan, Dr Mike McGrady, Dr Stephen Newton, Arend Wassink
Photographic EditorPaul Doherty
Reviews EditorGuy Kirwan
Identification ConsultantsArnoud van den Berg, Chris Bradshaw, Andrew Lassey, Richard Porter