Category Archives: Bird Taxonomy, etc.

What is the ID and status of “long-billed” Crested Larks at Aousserd?

Based on the study of Guillaumet et al. (2005, 2006 and 2008), the IOC Checklist (Gill & Donsker 2018) split Maghreb Lark (Galerida macrorhyncha) from Crested Lark (G. cristata) in 2009. Two subspecies of Maghreb Lark are known: macrorhyncha in south-east Morocco and north-west Algeria south of the Saharan Atlas, and randonii in Hauts Plateaux of… Read More »

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 »

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 »