I searched for songbirds in Israel and found this delightful blog. So I emailed, “Can you please tell me what bird songs might have been heard near Jabesh of Gilead in the time of Elijah?”
20 minutes later:
It’s quite hard to be sure of the local avian population, especially without giving a season, and of course due to the environmental changes since those times. Taking into consideration that the region was believed to have been wetter in the Bronze and Iron Ages, I suppose that a few vocal songbirds could be apropos for your story setting (each name is linked):
I hope this helps,
What a joy to find generosity in a distant stranger!
Proverbs 11:25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
May he prosper and be refreshed.
(I asked for permission to post this. “The post isn’t necessary, but I appreciate your gratitude and you are free to write whatever you like.”)