The UAE’s geographical position halfway between Europe and Asia coupled with its fine weather means that the UAE is on a major migration route for birds travelling from Asia to Africa and vice versa, as well as having many species that live here year round. Around 400 species have been spotted in the UAE and many on the list are unusual, rare or just plain spectacular. The UAE has a wide range of different habitats; mountains, off shore islands and rocky outcrops, mangrove swamps, tidal wetlands, mud flats, lagoons and desert scrub. This variation attracts a wide range of species: Seabirds, Sand Grouse, Bee-eaters, Flamingos, Kingfishers, Eagles, Vultures, Owls, Gulls, Larks and the list goes on! With many of us not having grown up in the region, we are sometimes not familiar with the visitors to our gardens. Here is a look at the most common garden birds in the UAE.