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Is Bahrain in the Western Palearctic?

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Old Wednesday 18th June 2008, 08:50   #1
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Is Bahrain in the Western Palearctic?

I just had the misfortune to visit Bahrain for a business meeting. But from the taxi I did spot Bridled Tern and Common Myna. Can I add them to my western palearctic list and still keep my lister head up high?

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Old Wednesday 18th June 2008, 09:06   #2
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Not a definitive answer, but I seem to recall reading that the boundaries of the WP are being pushed by guess who? - Birding Tour Holiday operators . . . good business getting people out to the far flung corners for their WP lists. Dreadful isn't it!
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Old Wednesday 18th June 2008, 09:25   #3
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we have another forum member who posts from kuwait (ggregory??), who has that at the edge of the WP, so on that basis, bahrain would not be in the WP

wikipedia is not the oracle admittedly, but this map seems to show bahrain outside the palearctic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:E...Palearctic.svg

not sure where the WP/EP boundary is though...
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Birds of the Western Palearctic takes the south-eastern corner of the region to be where the border of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia reaches the Gulf, so Bahrain isn't in the region according to their reckoning.
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Old Wednesday 18th June 2008, 12:01   #5
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Thanks for all the responses!

I seem to recall a recent paper, may be in Birding World, putting pretty much all of the peninsula into Western Palearctic, except may be the south west side on the red sea, which was treated as Africa.

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I think everything bar Yemen has been included in the Western P. Yemen was excluded due to too many African species being present.
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Old Wednesday 18th June 2008, 14:47   #7
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Traditionally Kuwait is WP but Bahrain is not.

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The weight of opinion is definitely in the "No" camp. Thanks for all the responses.
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Thanks for all the responses!

I seem to recall a recent paper, may be in Birding World, putting pretty much all of the peninsula into Western Palearctic, except may be the south west side on the red sea, which was treated as Africa.

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Hi John, I remember reading this article aswell. I think they were speaking in terms of the Western Paleartic as defined by the Handbook (Cramp et al ) & The Greater WP, which would include all of the Arabian peninsular as u mentioned above. So manic listers can add a whole host of new species to look for & the purists can stick to the WP as we know it at the moment.
There might of been some mention of Iran being part of the WP aswell. P.
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I am from bahrain and shortly will post for you birds in bahrain after buying new bird lens
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