The First Confirmed Records of Pied Stonechat Saxicola caprata and Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha for Iraq
Mudhafar A Salim, Salwan Ali Abed, Mohammed Turki Jabbar
During the intensive field surveys in different locations of various habitats in Iraq arranged by the Iraqi Organization for Conservation of Nature (IOCN), some considerable observations on the biodiversity in various locations were gained. This included adding new species to the Avifaunal of Iraq in addition to new observations of confirmed breeding of some bird species that were not recorded as breeding species. Two new bird species have been added to the Iraqi bird checklist after they were clearly observed and documented during two different surveys in two different locations. Pied Stonechat (or Pied Bushchat) Saxicola caprata has been found in the southern desert southwestern of Muthanna Province; and Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha was observed in Abu-Ghara, north of Maissan Province. These two observations were documented and the habitats were described as well. The current paper documents the first record of these two bird species for the bird-list of Iraq.