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Alternative Names: Al Ansab Lagoons, Haya Water Wetlands



Al Ansab Wetlands is the kind of place you might not expect to find in an area like that where it is located. It's an artificial wetland on the outskirts of the city of Muscat in Oman.

It is intensively managed by the Haya Water Company, along with their water treatment facility onsite, as a natural amenity for the enjoyment and benefit of the people of, and visitors to, Oman and for the support and benefit of the numerous resident and migratory bird species found here as well as the habitat associated with it.

Gaining access to it requires proper prior planning by the visitor. [3][4][5]


Notable Species

Notable, as applied to birding and bird species, is a term some might not expect when it comes to Oman. But it does apply and properly so. Through significant efforts, a wetlands area for birds exists in an area not normally thus associated. It exists, and excels, in that it's a RAMSAR site as well as a stop for resident and migratory birds.

The wetlands proper have had 137 species reported on eBird as having been sighted there. In addition, there are approximately 10 additional Hotspots in the general Muscat area where the wetlands are located.[2]

Taking into account the general Muscat area, which abuts the Gulf of Oman, there has been 371 species reported on Avibase as having been sighted there along with 21 globally threatened species, over 65 species reported as rare/accidental, and one species, the Persian Shearwater, reported as endemic to the country/region. [1]


Species recorded as rare for this specific location have not been noted as of 7 November 2020.

However, some of the less common species reported on eBird[2] for this location have included the Garganey, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Tufted Duck, Ruff, Temminck's Stint, Common Sandpiper, Purple Heron, Great Egret, Squacco Heron, Gray Wagtail, Citrine Wagtail, Spotted Redshank, Arabian Babbler, Little Bittern, and Lesser Whitethroat.


Birds you can see here include:

House Sparrow, Bank Swallow, Common Pochard, Laughing Dove, Gadwall, Greater Flamingo, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Grebe, Eurasian Collared Dove, Black-winged Stilt, House Crow, Indian Silverbill, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Moorhen, Red-wattled Lapwing, Cattle Egret, Glossy Ibis, Green Bee-eater, Delicate Prinia, White-eared Bulbul, Common Myna, Purple Sunbird

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Site Information

History and Use

Al Ansab Wetlands is an artificial wetlands managed by the Haya Water Company for the betterment of the residents of Oman as well as the visitors to it.

Areas of Interest

A number of eBird Hotspots are located in the general Muscat area.[2]

Access and Facilities

Admittance to the Wetlands is by prior booking with the management team at the Haya Water Company. Details concerning this process can be found at the Al Ansab Wetlands-Haya Water Company website[1]found below.

Consult a trusted travel professional for specific, up-to-date travel information for travel to this area.

Contact Details

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  1. Lepage D. (2020) Muscat Bird Checklist - Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World. Retrieved 7 November 2020
  2. eBird - https://ebird.org/hotspot/L2739726?yr=all&m=&rank=mrec
  3. RAMSAR – Al Ansab Wetlands designation - https://www.ramsar.org/news/oman-designates-al-ansab-wetland
  4. Al Ansab Wetlands – Haya Water Company - https://haya.om/en/Pages/Wetland.aspx
  5. Oman Daily Observer – Al Ansab Wetlands/ Story of a budding ecosystem - https://www.omanobserver.om/al-ansab-wetlands-story-budding-ecosystem/

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External Links

  1. Al Ansab Wetlands – Haya Water Company


  1. Al Ansab Wetlands / Haya Water Company on OpenStreetMaps
  2. Al Ansab Wetlands on Google Maps

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