Andalusian Buttonquail legally declared extinct in Spain

The Andalusian Buttonquail (Turnix sylvaticus sylvaticus) is the first bird to become extinct in Europe since the extinction of the Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis) almost 170 years ago. However, there are some differences. The Great Auk died out completely and gone forever, whereas the Andalusian Buttonquail still exists in Morocco. Moreover, other subspecies of the… Read More »

Atlas Crossbill and Balearic Crossbill are the most divergent of all Western Palearctic crossbills

Le Bec-croisé du Maghreb (ssp. poliogyna) et des îles Baléares (ssp. balearica) sont les plus différenciés génétiquement de toutes les sous-espèces du Bec-croisé des sapins du Paléarctique occidental. A new study showed that North African and Balearic crossbills are the most genetically divergent among all Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) subspecies in the Western Palearctic. Moreover,… Read More »

Two Egyptian Vultures released in Italy shot and poisoned during migration

Two captive-bred Egyptian Vultures (Neophron percnopterus) released in southern Italy last August died shortly after they started their migration. One bird shot dead by an illegal hunter in western Sicily, while the other died two days after it arrived to Tunisia, probably poisoned. The Egyptian Vulture in Italy: Egyptian Vulture numbers have decreased by more… Read More »