New records of Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) in Senegal

By MaghrebOrnitho | 18 March 2018

Four previous records of Cinereous Vulture are known in Senegal (between 2005 and 2013). Two new observations were added in 2018.

– One bird photographed near Fatick by Julio Rabadán González on 30 January (photo at observation.org).

– One bird photographed at Sagata on 26 February during a birding trip organized by Banc d’Arguin Reizen (see photo below by Wietze Janse).

During an earlier trip by Banc d’Arguin Reizen (December 2017), a Spanish-ringed Cinerous Vulture was photographed at Iouik, Mauritania. For details about this observation and the previous records of the species in West Africa see this blog-post: First record of Cinereous Vulture for Mauritania.

The bird observed at Sagata was not ringed so it’s different from the Mauritanian bird, but whether the bird observed near Fatick is ringed or not remains unknown. Also, because the latter bird was on the ground, it’s not possible to compare the photos to see if the two observations relate to the same bird or to two different birds. Comments are welcome!

Update: Julio Rabadán González uploaded a photo of the bird in flight at observation.org and we can see that it’s different from the bird seen at Sagata. Julio also said that the bird was not ringed. So we have here three different birds: one ringed bird in Mauritania and two different birds (not ringed) in Senegal.

Nouvelles observations de Vautour moine au Sénégal

Quatre mentions antérieures de Vautour moine sont connues au Sénégal (entre 2005 et 2013). Deux nouvelles observations ont été enregistrées en 2018:

– Un oiseau photographié près de Fatick par Julio Rabadán González le 30 janvier (photo sur observation.org).

– Un oiseau photographié à Sagata le 26 février lors d’un voyage ornithologique organisé par Banc d’Arguin Reizen (voir photo ci-dessous par Wietze Janse).

Lors d’un voyage précédent du Banc d’Arguin Reizen (décembre 2017), un Vautour moine bagué en Espagne a été photographié à Iouik, en Mauritanie. Pour plus de détails sur cette observation et les observations précédentes de l’espèce en Afrique de l’Ouest, voir ce blog: First record of Cinereous Vulture for Mauritania.

L’oiseau observé à Sagata n’est pas bagué donc c’est différent de l’oiseau mauritanien, mais on ne sait pas si l’oiseau observé près de Fatick est bagué ou non. Aussi, parce que ce dernier oiseau était sur le sol, ce n’est pas possible de comparer les photos pour voir si ces deux observations se rapportent au même individu ou à deux individus différents. Les commentaires sont bienvenus!

Mise à jour:

Julio Rabadán González a publié une photo de l’oiseau en vol sur observation.org et nous pouvons voir que c’est différent de l’oiseau observé à Sagata. Julio a aussi dit que l’oiseau n’était pas bagué. Nous avons donc ici trois oiseaux différents: un oiseau bagué en Mauritanie et deux oiseaux différents (non bagués) au Sénégal.

Remerciement:

Thanks to Simon Cavaillès for letting me know about the first observation and to Banc d’Arguin Reizen for the second bird. Thanks also to Wietze Janse for the photo, and to Julio Rabadán González for the comments below and on facebook and for uploading the second photo of the bird.

Cinereous Vulture / Vautour moine (Aegypius monachus), Sagata, Senegal; 26 Feb. 2018 (Wietze Janse / Banc d'Arguin Reizen).

Cinereous Vulture / Vautour moine (Aegypius monachus), Sagata, Senegal; 26 Feb. 2018 (Wietze Janse / Banc d’Arguin Reizen).

4 thoughts on “New records of Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) in Senegal

  1. Julio Rabadan-Gonzalez

    Hi! I have the bird in flight also. I will post the pictures into the observation tomorrow to compare if the individual was the same.
    Thanks in advance for the interest on this observation.

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  2. MaghrebOrnitho Post author

    Thank you Julio for the comments, and for uploading the photo of the bird in flight. With the new photo, we can see now that it’s different from the other bird.

    Reply
  3. Mónica del Río

    Hi! We have observed another non- ringed individual in Gambia on the 24th February 2018 in an expedition with FAB Fondo Amigos del Buitre in the Occipitalis Station Project in Saruja, Gambia. I will send you some pictures and report info, thanks for your work!

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    1. MaghrebOrnitho Post author

      Thank you very much Mónica for the comment and the information. Please send them to this email address:
      moroccan.birds AT gmail.com

      Reply

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