Moltoni’s Warbler in Morocco, Terek Sandpiper in Tunisia and other rarities

By MaghrebOrnitho | 30 April 2019

Moltoni’s Warbler, Franklin’s Gull, Lesser Flamingo and African Dunn’s Lark in Morocco, plus Terek Sandpiper in Tunisia.

Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina)

A bird was captured and ringed at Merzouga Ringing Station, Morocco, on 18 April 2019 (Marc Illa and his co-workers).

Only four records have been accepted by the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee, so this bird would be the fifth if accepted. The Moltoni’s Warbler is still overlooked in Morocco as these low numbers surely under-represent the species.

Read about the split of the ‘Subalpine Warbler’ complex into three species.

Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina), Merzouga, Morocco, 18 Apr. 2019 (Marc Illa).
Moltoni’s Warbler / Fauvette de Moltoni (Sylvia subalpina), Merzouga, Morocco, 18 Apr. 2019 (Marc Illa).

Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus)

A bird photographed at Thyna, Sfax, Tunisia, on 26 April 2019 (Habib Dlensi). The species has been observed a couple of times before in Tunisia, but still a rarity there as in the rest of the Northwest Africa.

Terek Sandpiper / Chevalier bargette (Xenus cinereus), Thyna, Sfax, Tunisia, 26 Apr. 2019 (Habib Dlensi).
Terek Sandpiper / Chevalier bargette (Xenus cinereus), Thyna, Sfax, Tunisia, 26 Apr. 2019 (Habib Dlensi).

Other rarities in Morocco

 – The Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) is apparently enjoying its stay at Dayet Srij, Merzouga. It was still present on 23 April.

– A Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus minor) was also present at the same lake on 18 April.

African Dunn’s Lark (Eremalauda dunni) at Merzouga: 2 birds observed at some 7 Km south of Tisserdmine on 23 April.

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