On 1st December 2019 Cédric Mroczko a French birdwatcher reported two Streak-throated Swallows Petrochelidon fluvicola in Bandar Abbas as the very first record of this species in Iran. Fortunately, he took some nice pictures and shared them on ebird.org
Streak-throated Swallow could be found in Indomalayan realm and its distribution is mostly in India with Bangladesh as the eastern range limit and Pakistan as the western range expansion. Interestingly there are several records of Streak-throated Swallow in January 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, December 2017, January 2018 and finally in October 2019 in UAE where is on the southern side of Hormuz Strait in Persian Gulf almost close to Bandar Abbas and also in December 2013 and April 2014 in Kuwait that is in western edge of Persian Gulf according to ebird website data. Based on Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW) it is mostly residential and as shown in the distribution map by Bird Life International the seasonal movement is minor in latitude, not longitude.
Below you can see the Streak-throated Swallow distribution map created by Xeno-Canto
After confirmation of a new bird species by Iran Bird Committee members, it will officially add to the checklist. This process usually happened after two weeks and they announce the new in their site.
Cédric Mroczko is not the first birdwatcher added a new species to Iran birds list and hopefully, with more birding activities more species will discover. Two other recently added species to Iran birds checklist by foreign birdwatchers as vagrant birds are Long-billed Dowitcher and intermediate Egret.
Cédric saw the only individual of western population of Siberian Crane in the north of Iran and now is continuing his birding trip in Iran. I hope a very good birding with lots of nice experiences from my country.
If you are interested in this route you can attend in CASPIAN SEA TO PERSIAN GULF 15 days birdwatching tour by sending your request to iranbirding.com Please consider when you travel with iranbirding you have the permission for birding and photography in all the areas managed by Environment Department of Iran (DoE) and except your local birdwatching guide a ranger will accompany you in protected areas and national parks.