Pied Crow (Corvus albus) near Mhamid, eastern Sahara

By MaghrebOrnitho | 1 November 2015

A Pied Crow (Corvus albus) was observed today at Ouled Driss palm grove (=Oulad Edriss or Oulad Driss) in the Mhamid region by Thomas S. Lahlafi. Brahim Bakass who reported the news added “it’s worth the trip, I am going tomorrow early”. We report here if there is any news.

With today’s bird, Mhamid has joined the regions where this Afro-tropical species has been observed in Morocco. The first record was at Echtoukan some 152 km NE of Dakhla where the famous Pied Crows had bred in summer 2010 (they were there before). And the second region is the Strait of Gibraltar area where there is at least one bird as recent as October 2015.

I was lucky enough to see the Pied Crow family at Echtoukan in October 2010 with Prof Mohamed Radi. I also saw the bird at Fnideq with Rachid El Khamlichi in March 2015.

Grand merci à T. S. Lahlafi pour l’observation et les photos.

Updates:

A Pied Crow was found at Mhamid by Brahim Bakass on 29 February 2016 (we assume it’s the same bird which stayed in the region).

On 1 November 2016, Christian Cederroth photographed a Pied Crow at Hotel Kasbah, Mhamid. It’s exactly one year after it was first reported in the region (assuming again it’s the same bird, which is more likely).

Pied Crow (Corvus albus) at Ouled Driss near M’hamid, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 1 Nov 2015 (Thomas S. Lahlafi)

Pied Crow (Corvus albus) at Ouled Driss near M’hamid, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 1 Nov 2015 (Thomas S. Lahlafi)

Pied Crow (Corvus albus) at Ouled Driss near M’hamid, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 1 Nov 2015 (Thomas S. Lahlafi)

Pied Crow (Corvus albus) at Ouled Driss near M’hamid, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 1 Nov 2015 (Thomas S. Lahlafi)

Pied Crow (Corvus albus) at Ouled Driss near M’hamid, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 1 Nov 2015 (Thomas S. Lahlafi)

Pied Crow (Corvus albus) at Ouled Driss near M’hamid, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 1 Nov 2015 (Thomas S. Lahlafi)

Pied Crow (Corvus albus) at Ouled Driss near M’hamid, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 1 Nov 2015 (Thomas S. Lahlafi)

Pied Crow (Corvus albus) at Ouled Driss near M’hamid, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 1 Nov 2015 (Thomas S. Lahlafi)

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