Category Archives: Taxonomy

Breeding of Golden Nightjar at Aousserd and the taxonomic position of the species

Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) is an apparently sedentary sub-Saharan species with a breeding range extending from Senegal and Mauritania to Sudan. Although genetic studies of nightjars and related Caprimulgiformes have been published previously, none has included Golden Nightjar. In this study published in the Ostrich journal (Lawrie et al. 2017), mitochondrial and nuclear DNA of… Read More »

Horned Lark taxonomy: possible split into six species

A recent study suggested splitting the Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) into six different species: one Nearctic and five Palearctic including the Moroccan endemic taxon (atlas). Widespread species with many subspecies: The Horned Lark is a widely distributed passerine across North America and Eurasia, with two isolated populations in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Colombia… Read More »

Subalpine Warbler split into three species

In a recent taxonomic paper, Lars Svensson summarised the latest research on the taxonomy of the Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans s.l.) and recommended the split of the complex into three different species (Svensson 2013): Western Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia inornata), with two subspecies: S. i. inornata: breeding in Northwest Africa. Before this taxonomic revision, Sylvia cantillans… Read More »

Maghreb Wheatear split? Here is what new research says

A new phylogenetic study of the Mourning Wheatear complex confirmed its split into three different species. Concerning the Maghreb Wheatear, which is already given species status by some authors, the new study only hinted that it should be split too. The Mourning Wheatear (Oenanthe lugens) senso lato is distributed in North Africa, East Africa, the Levant, Iran… Read More »

Gibraltar buzzard

Interesting news posted by Dick Forsman in his website following his short visit with Javier Elorriaga and Antonio-Roman Muñoz from Fundación Migrés to the Moroccan side of the Strait of Gibraltar this month. The aim of this visit was to study the controversial ‘Gibraltar buzzard’ which occurs in the areas around the Strait. Dick commented:… Read More »

Maghreb Endemic Birds

The Maghreb is the equivalent term of Northwest Africa. Historically and in the narrow sense of the term, the Maghreb means the three countries linked by the Atlas Mountains (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) which also share a long history (this is also shared with neighbouring Libya and Mauritania depending on the historical era). The climate… Read More »