Kurdish photographer to publish book on Kurdistan’s birds
ERBIL — Kurdish photographer Sabir Dri has documented 200 bird species in the Kurdistan Region over the past 18 years, with plans to publish these images in a forthcoming book scheduled for an April 2024 release. This work highlights Dri’s contribution to ornithology, the study of birds, within the region.
Dri, who has committed nearly two decades to capturing the rich birdlife of Kurdistan, shared with 964media, “In the Middle East, Turkey is the only country that has published a book dedicated to birds. With the publication of my book, the Kurdistan Region will be the second in the Middle East to offer such a resource.”
His book will provide detailed information on each bird species featured, emphasizing unique birds such as the Kurdish Wheatear, Oenanthe xanthoprymna in scientific terms, native to the region.
The latest addition to his collection is the “Long-legged Buzzard,” spotted near Erbil. This bird, which is not predatory, marks the presence of four types of this species in Kurdistan. The Long-legged Buzzard also resides in various regions across Eurasia, Northeast Africa, Southeast Europe, and Northern India.