Tag Archives: Western Palearctic rarities

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 »

Expansion of Red-billed Firefinch in Algeria

The Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala) was introduced at Tamanrasset in about 1940, and also present at El-Goléa since at least 1972 (Isenmann & Moali 2000). Currently the species still present at the known sites cited above: Tamanrasset: the species still present in the town and easily seen. Observed there as recently as last February (photo… 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. 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 Gleb Jdiane but… 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 »

Golden Nightjars at Oued Jenna, Aousserd

Three Golden Nightjars (Caprimulgus eximius) were heard calling at Oued Jenna, Aousserd by Dutch birder Norbert van de Grint two days ago (5 Feb. 2017). Norbert uploaded his record to observation.org and said photos will follow (he is still travelling). Updates: – On 12 February, Bart van Hoogstraten and his birding colleagues heard one signing… Read More »

Moineau doré (Passer luteus) à Djanet, sud-est d’Algérie

Sudan Golden Sparrow at Djanet, Algeria. The northernmost record of the species in the Western Palearctic. See below. Un joli mâle Moineau doré (Passer luteus) a été photographié le 16 janvier 2017 à Djanet, au sud-est de l’Algérie par Bilal Gueroui. L’espèce n’a pas été observée en Algérie depuis des décennies, et Djanet est le… Read More »