Category Archives: Western Palearctic birding

Blue-naped Mousebird at Tamanrasset: first record for Algeria

A Blue-naped Mousebird (Urocolius macrourus) was photographed three days ago in the Tamanrasset region, southern Algeria (Soufyane Bekkouche). This is the first (known) record of the species for Algeria. The bird was photographed at a village in the Tin-Zaouten district, located in the south of Tamanghasset province. The village location (20° 23’N) is slightly outside… Read More »

Big flock of Sudan Golden Sparrow at Tamanrasset, Algeria

A big flock of Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) was photographed a few days ago in the Tamanrasset region, southern Algeria (Soufyane Bekkouche). A Blue-naped Mousebird (Urocolius macrourus) was also photographed in the same area. The birds were photographed at a village in the Tin-Zaouten district, located in the south of Tamanghasset province. The village… Read More »

Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) in north-east Algeria

This large eagle was photographed this week in north-east Algeria by Mourad Harzallah (a very good naturalist and a local ecotourism guide). The photographer said the eagle was much bigger than the Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata), and some of the photos below also attest this. Several people in a FB group suggested that it’s a… Read More »

Identification of Kordofan Lark: a potential vagrant to Western Palearctic

Kordofan Lark (Mirafra cordofanica). The name sounds familiar to Western Palearctic birders because until recently the species was included in the WP list. However, Crochet & Haas (2013) suggested that the species should be deleted. Here is a (slightly edited) quote from this article: The distribution of Kordofan Lark as shown in Snow & Perrins… Read More »

Golden Nightjar, Sudan Golden Sparrows and Olive-backed Pipit

Some recent rarities were published a couple of days ago, here are some more. Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) Until now, Golden Nightjars have been recorded at Aoussed only from February until May. For example, during a birding trip to Oued Jenna for The Sound Approach in mid-December 2017, Arnoud B. van den Berg and Killian Mullarney… Read More »

Second record of Wahlberg’s Eagle for the Western Palearctic

Wahlberg’s Eagle (Hieraaetus wahlbergi) is an African raptor distributed south of the Sahara (map below). While it’s an intra-African migrant, movements north of the range are very rare. Indeed, the first Western Palearctic record was obtained only on 3 May 2013: a bird photographed by Ahmed Waheed on the west coast of Gulf of Suez,… Read More »

Status of Tawny Eagle in Morocco and vagrancy from sub-Saharan Africa

The former breeding range of Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) in Morocco was much larger; however the known breeding areas in the past few decades are/were much more restricted as the species has already disappeared from the majority of the country by the 1980s. Here is a quote from Vernon et al. (2005): “Now almost restricted… Read More »