Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo) at Oran, Algeria

By | 27 October 2016

A Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo) was found by the Civil Protection personal at the port of Oran, western Algeria in January 2016. It was taken to the Oran section of the Forest Conservation Service where it was helped to recover its strength.

In mid-February, it was released in a daya (intermittent wetland) where some individuals of the Common Crane (Grus Grus) are wintering (see photos).

The origin of this bird remains unknown, but it’s more likely a genuine vagrant from the Turkish or the Black Sea population which winters in eastern Africa (Sudan, Tchad). Comments welcome!

The flock seen on 4 March 1944 near Ain Beida was the last sighting of the species cited by Isenmann and Moali (2000). Whereas in Morocco the species persisted almost 40 years longer, with the last observations in the breeding area were in mid-1980s and another possible sighting on 10 May 1990 (Thévenot et al. 2003).

References:

Isenmann, P. & Moali, A. (2000). Oiseaux d’Algérie / Birds of Algeria. SEOF, Paris.

Thévenot, M., Vernon, R. & Bergier, P. (2003). The Birds of Morocco. BOU Checklist No. 20. BOU, Tring.

رهو عثر عليها من طرف اعوان الوقاية بالميناء وتم احضارها لدى مصلحتنا بمحافظة الغابات وهران وتم التكفل والعناية بها لانها كانت منهكة القوى وهذا بتاريخ اواخر جانفي/يناير 2016 وقد تم اطلاق صراحها في اواسط شهر فيفري 2016 بضاية البقرة وهذا لسبب تواجد عدد قليل والمتبقي من الرحلات الاخيرة للنوع المشابه لها الكركي

 Grus virgo = الرهو
Grus Grus  =الكركي

شكرا محمد الشامي

Demoiselle Crane - Grue demoiselle (Grus virgo), Oran, Algeria, Feb. 2016 (Mohammed Chami)

Demoiselle Crane – Grue demoiselle (Grus virgo), Oran, Algeria, Feb. 2016 (Mohammed Chami)

Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo), Oran, Algeria, Feb. 2016 (Mohammed Chami)

Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo), Oran, Algeria, Feb. 2016 (Mohammed Chami)

Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo), Oran, Algeria, Feb. 2016 (Mohammed Chami)

Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo), Oran, Algeria, Feb. 2016 (Mohammed Chami)

Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo) taking off, Oran, Algeria, Feb. 2016 (Mohammed Chami)

Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo) taking off, Oran, Algeria, Feb. 2016 (Mohammed Chami)

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