A male Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) was photographed yesterday at a drinking site near Bir Anzarane, about 140 Km north-east of Dakhla, Oued Dahab region. The species was recorded during a scientific trip coordinated by the Association Nature Initiative (A.N.I). Abdeljebbar Qninba first saw and identified the species, Abdelaziz Benhoussa, Mohamed Ibn Tattou, Mohamed Laghdaf Khayya, Hicham El Brini, Btissam El Jafalli and Mohamed Mediani also enjoyed seeing and photographing the bird (photos below).
This is the northernmost record in Morocco for this Western Palearctic mega-rarity. Until now all previous records were around Aousserd: at Oued Jenna, and at similar habitats as Oued Jenna between 10 and 20 Km in the southwest.
Just to refresh the memory:
– First record that involved 2 males and 5 females/juveniles was on the Dakhla-Aousserd road, about 86 Km before Aousserd town, on 21 April 2009.
– Second record was at 17 Km SW of Aousserd on 12 January 2013.
– Then came 2014 when several Sudan Golden Sparrows were recorded by several birders, both at Oued Jenna and south of Aousserd town between 1 February and 13 April.
Thanks to all naturalists and to the Association Nature Initiative. And good luck for the birders visiting the area during the next days.
A large flock of Sudan Golden Sparrows was photographed at the drinking site near Bir Anzarane in early February 2015.