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About the Project

The Israeli Red List of Breeding Birds aims to assess the status of wild breeding species throughout Israel. This work is based on the best, up-to-date information including the scientific assessment of tens of bird experts that took part in data collection and input of their expert opinion regarding species populations. The red list is a joint effort of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority to determine the risk of extinction for our breeding bird species and to suggest actions required to prevent their disappearance.

The current edition of the Red List (2017) is a substantial update of the birds section of the Red Book for Vertebrates (2002), which was the first published in Israel. This update is important due to the rapid changes observed in recent years in species distribution, habitats and threats. Assessing the risks for bird species is based on criteria and guidelines defined by the IUCN, with necessary adjustments for the specific conditions prevalent in Israel.

Expert Birder Opinion

Assessing the threat status of breeding bird species was made possible by the volunteer work of expert birders that input their data into our database and then reviewed the results of the red list.

Recommended Citation

Mayrose, A., Vine, G., Labinger, Z., Steinitz, O., Hazofe, O., Haviv, E., Perlman, Y., Alon, D., and N. Leader. 2017. The Israeli Red List of Threatened Breeding Birds. The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. [downloaded: 20/03/2023];

Dan Alon, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and Dr. Noam Leader, Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

Asaf Mayrose, Gal Vine, Zev Labinger and Dr. Ofer Steinitz.

Dan Alon, Dr. Noam Leader, Ohad Hazofe, Yoav Perlman and the editors.

Adar Menahem, Alon Dan, Artzi Yifat, Balaban Amir, Baser Yaron, Ben Dov Amir, Dax Yuval, Friedemann Guilad, Goren Meidad, Granit Barak, Haddad Ezra, Haviv Eli, Hazofe Ohad, Israeli Nadav, Kahn Tuvia, Kiat Yosef, Kislev Lior, Labinger Zev, Mayrose Asaf, Perlman Yoav, Rinot Avner, Segali Rei, Shanni Itai, Shimshon Itai, Shohat Eyal, Tzurim Ido, Weiss Noam

Professor Yoram Yom-Tov, Dr. Uzi Paz, Dr. Nir Sapir, and Dr. Roee Dror evaluated the implementation of data and the methods used to assess threat status.