Conservation of the Syrian serin in Lebanon

Soumar Dakdouk

The Syrian serin is one of the species of birds that breeds in and migrates through Lebanon and is considered "globally threatened" by IUCN (Evans 1994). It is a "restricted-range" specie (BirdLife Category 2) whose number has declined over the years in much of their distribution range and it is currently considered as “VU” Vulnerable (Birdlife International, 2000). The reasons for this decline are not yet precisely known. The available information is limited on this bird, therefore the importance of collecting relevant data on its breeding and migration ecology would help determine the limiting factors and/or threats affecting the Syrian serin population distribution and to propose efficient future conservation measures.