Sandgrouse 41 2

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 41 (2) Autumn 2019

Cover photo: Arabian Babbler Argya squamiceps, Tanoumah, Asir Province, Saudi Arabia, 23 August 2018. © Arnold Uy

154 A preliminary assessment of the scope and scale of illegal killing and taking of wild birds in the Arabian peninsula, Iran and Iraq.
Anne-Laure Brochet, Sharif  Jbour, Robert D Sheldon, Richard Porter, Victoria R Jones, Waheed AL Fazari, Omar AL Saghier, Saeed Alkhuzai, Laith ALi AL-Obeidi, Richard Angwin, korsh Ararat, Mike Pope, Mohammed Y Shobrak, Maïa S Willson, Sadegh Sadeghi Zadegan & Stuart  HM Butchart
176 Severe decline in the breeding population of the White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla in Iran, with observations on breeding activities in Gilan Province.
Abbas Ashoori, Yaghoub Rakhshbhar & keyvan Abbasi
181 First confirmed breeding of two bird species and other interesting records for Lebanon.
Ghassan Ramadan-Jaradi, Fouad Itani, Bassel Abi Jummaa, Assad Serhal, Maher Osta, Samer Azar & Maher Rouhana
186 Breeding biology of the European Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur arenicola in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
M Shamshad Alam, M Ali Reza Khan, Syed Ismail & Mohamaed Shafwan​
195 Black Rat Rattus rattus predation on an Arabian Collared Kingfisher Todirhamphus chloris kalbaensis nest.
Fadi Yaghmour, Brendan Whittington-Jones & John Pereira
200 Sooty Falcon Falco concolor: breeding season and prey.
Clive Mann
201 The first record of a live Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis in Cyprus.
Colin Richardson
205 First fully documented record of Rüppell’s Vulture Gyps rueppelli for Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Peninsula.
Jem Babbington
209 First record of Rüppell’s Warbler Curruca ruppeli for Uzbekistan and Central Asia.
Anna Ten, Robert Tizard & Valentin Soldatov
211 Additional records of White-crowned Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga in Iran after more than a century.
Mohammad Mohammad Rahimi, Seyed Bagher Mousavi, Seyed Mehdi Nabiyan, Leila Joolaee, Ali T Qashqaei
214 First record of Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus in Iran.
Ebrahim Abbasi, Mostafa Moazeni & Abolghasem Khaleghizadeh
216 Obituary: Martin Woodcock (1935–2019).
Richard Porter
217 Obituary: Rodney P. Martins (1957–2019).
Mike Evans
220 From the Rarities Committees.
Ian Harrison (Compiler)
229 Letter from the Chairman.
Rob Sheldon
232 The OSME Conservation Fund, 2017–2018.
Maxim Koshkin on behalf of The OSME Conservation Fund Sub-Committee
244 Around the Region.
Ian Harrison (Compiler)
Editor: Dr Paul Donald Sandgrouse editor.
Editorial Board AbdulRahman Al-Sirhan (Kuwait), Vasil Ananian (Armenia), Dr Raffael Ayé (Switzerland), Jem Babbington (Saudi Arabia, photo consultant), Arnoud van den Berg (Netherlands), Michael Blair (UK), Chris Bradshaw (UK), Dr Gary Brown (Germany), Oscar Campbell (UAE), Peter Castell (UK), Dr Paul Donald (UK), Peter Flint (UK), Dr Robert Flood (UK), Paul Goriup (UK), Jens Hering (Germany), Mike Jennings (UK), Dr Abolghasem Khaleghizadeh (Iran), Dr Fares Khoury (Jordan), Dr Alan Knox (UK), Andrew Lassey (UK), Dr Mike McGrady (Austria), Dr Stephen Newton (Ireland), Yoav Perlman (Israel), Aasheesh Pittie (India), Richard Porter (UK), Colin Richardson (Cyprus), Dr Manuel Schweizer (Switzerland), Dr Derek Scott (UK), Dr Robert Sheldon (UK), Arend Wassink (Netherlands), Geoff Welch (France).