Tag Archives: endemic birds

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 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 »

How to save the Moroccan Marsh Owl from extinction?

The Marsh Owl (Asio capensis) has a very large breeding range across sub-Saharan Africa and locally in north-west Morocco and hence not a globally threatened species (currently rated as ‘Least Concern’ globally by the IUCN). In Morocco, however, where it is represented by a distinct subspecies tingitanus, is very restricted to a few remaining sites… Read More »

African Crimson-winged Finch: a new endemic species

The Crimson-winged Finch (Rhodopechys sanguineus) sensu lato consists of two distinct taxa, alienus in north-west Africa (Morocco and Algeria) and sanguineus in the Middle East, Turkey, Caucasus, Central Asia and north-west China. The split of this taxon into two separate species, African Crimson-winged Finch (Rhodopechys alienus) and Asian Crimson-winged Finch (Rhodopechys sanguineus) was first proposed… Read More »