Golden Nightjar at Aousserd: first Western Palearctic record

By | 13 May 2015

A Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) was observed crossing the road between Dakhla and Aousserd and hit by the observers’ car and died on 3 May 2015 (Jurek Dyczkowski). This is the first record for Morocco and the Western Palearctic.

We will hopefully receive more information about this great record which confirms once more that the Aousserd region is one of the best birding hotspots in the Western Palearctic.

The best birding from the region includes:

– A breeding population of Cricket Warbler (Spiloptila clamans) (inside the Western Palearctic present only in northern Mauritania).

– A breeding population of African Dunn’s Lark (Eremalauda dunni dunni).

Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) becomes more regular since a couple of years. Probably breeding locally in Aousserd.

– First and only record of White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) for the Western Palearctic was seen in this region.

What do we want more?

Updates:

  1. When we shared this yesterday, some people did not believe the news, they probably thought it was a hoax, of course we won’t do that. Here are the pictures released by the observer in Surfbird Photo Galleries.
  1. The observation was published in Dutch Birding with more details and photographs:

Dyczkowski, J. 2016. Golden Nightjar in Western Sahara, Morocco, in May 2015. Dutch Birding 38: 80-86.

Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius), Aousserd, southern Morocco, 3 May 2015

Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius), Aousserd, southern Morocco, 3 May 2015 (Jurek Dyczkowski)

Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius), Aousserd, southern Morocco, 3 May 2015

Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius), Aousserd, southern Morocco, 3 May 2015 (Jurek Dyczkowski)

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