The resident Pied Crow at Mhamid, eastern Sahara (2015-2017)

By MaghrebOrnitho | 3 March 2016

Remember the Pied Crow (Corvus albus) photographed near M’hamid, eastern Sahara, on 1st November 2015 by Thomas S. Lahlafi? And next day, Brahim Bakass tried to find the bird but without success.

Well, Brahim has finally found the Pied Crow at the village of M’hamid on 29 February 2016. Also, he was informed by his contacts in the region, that the bird has been regularly seen around the village. So this Pied Crow had stayed in the Mhamid region at least 4 months.

Update 1:

A Pied Crow photographed by Christian Cederroth (AviFauna Naturresor) at Hotel Kasbah, Mhamid, on 1 November 2016 (photo below).

It’s exactly one year since the bird has been reported here (assuming it’s the same individual). Also, taking into account the previous breeding event at Chtoukan, north of Dakhla in 2010, another breeding event at Mhamid should not be discarded.

Update 3:

The Pied Crow still at Mhamid in 2017

The Pied Crow at Mhamid is still present on 22 January 2017, it was seen at the abattoir of the souk this time (photo 2). Thanks Brahim Bakass!

The ‘Big Year WP’ team also saw the bird on 8 February (photo 3).

Next day, the bird was also observed at the abattoir by a group of birders from Switzerland (Mario Camici, Hans-Ulrich Grütter, Markus Mosimann and Jürg Hofstetter).

Update 2:

A Pied Crow near Tarfaya on 9 January 2017 and at Khnifiss Lagoon two weeks later.

Pied Crow (Corvus albus), Mhamid, eastern Sahara, Morocco (Christian Cederroth / AviFauna Naturresor)

Pied Crow (Corvus albus), Mhamid, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 1 Nov. 2016 (Christian Cederroth / AviFauna Naturresor).

Pied Crow (Corvus albus - Corbeau pie), Mhamid, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 22 Jan. 2017 (Brahim Bakass)

Pied Crow (Corvus albus – Corbeau pie), Mhamid, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 22 Jan. 2017 (Brahim Bakass).

Pied Crow (Corvus albus - Corbeau pie), Mhamid, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 8 Feb. 2017 (Mårten Wikström / Big Year WP)

Pied Crow (Corvus albus – Corbeau pie), Mhamid, eastern Sahara, Morocco, 8 Feb. 2017 (Mårten Wikström / Big Year WP)

2 thoughts on “The resident Pied Crow at Mhamid, eastern Sahara (2015-2017)

    1. MaghrebOrnitho Post author

      Thanks Christian for both the observation and the comment. I understand what you mean, there is a proverbe that says “A coincidence might be better than a thousand of appointments”, and this happens very often also in birding as in this case.

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