The strategic location of Oman at the beginning of the Persian Gulf has made the state an important stop on any trade route in the region. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the capital city of Muscat used to be a major trade stop in the Middle East. The climate of Oman is such that it is considered to be one of the hottest places in the world while the country also receives very little rainfall. Those visiting Salalah attractions, however can heave a sigh of relief for this area is relatively cooler. The climate has fostered vegetation complete with desert grass and shrubs but Oman is also home to mountains. Oman is known to be home to five endangered bird species and therefore, many tourists opt to engage in bird watching when they visit the country.
Located on the south east coast of the Arabian Peninsula, the state of Oman enjoys the benefit of a coastal strip. Therefore, tourists can also see birds that usually frequent the coast when staying in a coastal resort such as Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara. When walking along the beach, keep an eye out for seabirds such as waders and herons that can be seen in abundance in Oman. Tourists may even have the opportunity to witness migrant birds along such a walk in addition to Bridled Tern, Wedge-tailed Shearwater and Red-necked Phalaropes. To see Singing Bush Larks and Red-footed Falcons, tourists should visit the local farms while the coastal khors are ideal to watch birds such as Pale Rock Sparrows, African Spoonbills and Pheasant-tailed Jacana.
Those who travel through the forests found along the mountains will be able to witness a wide variety of birds ranging from the Shining Sunbird, African Rock Bunting, Verraux’s Eagle Breed and Booted Eagles to Hume’s Tawny Owl, Yellow-bellied Green Pigeon and the African Scops Owl.
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