Eilat, located in front of (in autumn) or behind (in spring) the Sinai and Sahara desert crossings, is central to the biannual migration of Eurasian birds. A total of 113 birds of 21 species ringed in Europe were recovered either at Eilat (44 birds of 12 species) or were ringed in Eilat and recovered outside Israel (69 birds of 16 species). The most common species recovered are Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca), White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita), Swallow (Hirundo rustica) Blackcap (S. atricapilla), Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba) and Sand Martin (Riparia riparia). The importance of Eilat as a central point on the migratory route is substantiated by the fact that although the number of ringing stations in eastern Europe and Africa are limited, and non-existent in Asia, several tens of birds have been recovered in the past four decades. This also stresses the importance of taking a continental perspective to future conservation efforts.
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - 1 Jul 1997|