Tag Archives: Afrotropical vagrants

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 »

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 »

White-throated Bee-eater at Dakhla bay: 2nd Western Palearctic record

A White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) found at Dakhla bay, Oued Dahab region on 28 February 2017 by Billy Herman and Annelies Jacobs. It’s the second Western Palearctic record for the species, the first record was observed at the site known to birders as ‘Gleb Jdiane’ in December 2013 (correct name of that place is not… Read More »

Pied Crow at Khnifiss Lagoon, southern Morocco

A Pied Crow (Corvus albus) observed at 21 km north-east of Tarfaya on 9 January by Abdeljebbar Qninba, Abdeslam Rihane and their colleagues (photo 1). Today (23 Jan), a Pied Crow observed at Khnifiss Lagoon (exactly near Auberge Khnifiss) by Imad Cherkaoui and Leabid Ayach (photos 2 & 3). Probably the same bird observed north-east… Read More »

The resident Pied Crow (Corvus albus) at Mhamid, Morocco (2015-2018)

Remember the Pied Crow photographed near M’hamid, eastern Sahara, on 1st November 2015 by Thomas S. Lahlafi? And next day, Brahim Bakass tried to find the bird but without success. Well, Brahim has finally found the Pied Crow at the village of M’hamid on 29 February 2016. Also, he was informed by his contacts in… Read More »

Allen’s Gallinule at Tachektent, Dakhla-Aousserd road

An Allen’s Gallinule (Porphyrio alleni) photographed at Tachektent on the Dakhla-Aousserd road yesterday (18 February 2016) by Mohamed Mediani. This is the 11th record for Morocco (the bird photographed by Ali Irizi at Oued Massa on 28 December 2014 and found by Daniel Vrauwdeunt three days later should be counted as one record in my opinion). You see, Aousserd region… Read More »