Sudan Golden Sparrow at Aousserd in 2017

At least one male Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) observed yesterday by a group of Dutch birders (Gonny van Dalfsen, Larissa Bakker, Nico Omlo…) at Oued Jenna, Aousserd (photo 1).

To my knowledge, last year there was only one observation of Sudan Golden Sparrow in Aousserd: a juvenil bird photographed by Peter Stronach and Bob Swann during the same birding trip when they recorded 4 Golden Nightjars. On the other hand, 2015 was an excellent year for the species both at Bir Anzarane and at Oued Jenna and the small ‘wadis’ along the Aousserd road.

Pied Crow

A Pied Crow (Corvus albus) photographed yesterday at about 21 km north-east of Tarfaya by Abdeljebbar Qninba, Abdeslam Rihane and their colleagues. The long-staying Pied Crow at Mhamid was still there in November 2016 and in 2017.

Updates on the Sudan Golden Sparrows:

– On 6 February, a flock of 20 birds observed at Oued Jenna by Norbert van de Grint, but he couldn’t photograph them ( The flock size reminiscent of the observations at Bir Anzarane in 2015.

– On 13 February, Bart van Hoogstraten saw a large group of Sudan Golden Sparrows at Oued Jenna. He counted more than 10 but there were at least 20 birds (photo of 5 birds at The same day, the ‘Big Year WP’ team observed a few birds including the nice male in photo 2.

– On 4 March, 9 Sudan Golden Sparrows at Adrar Soutouf, Oued Dahab region (Dan Brown/BiOME Consulting).

– Four birds seen on 20 March (Mats Dahlen and colleagues)

– About 50 birds at Oued Jenna on 4 April, consisting of two flocks. Both brief! Only managed a few poor record shots, but lots of males in the flocks (Paul French). A photo can be seen at birdforum.

– Five birds on the 7th April (Cantley Steve).

Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Oued Jenna, Aousserd, 9 Jan 2017 (Larissa Bakker)
Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Oued Jenna, Aousserd, 9 Jan. 2017 (Larissa Bakker).
Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Oued Jenna, Aousserd, 13 Feb. 2017 (Big Year WP).
Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Oued Jenna, Aousserd, 13 Feb. 2017 (Big Year WP).

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  1. Alain-Jean LOISEAU

    Update on Golden sparrows at Oued Jenna : Between milestones 192 and 193, in morning of March 21, 2017, I had 7 of them hanging around with large (200-250) group of Passer simplex, several photos but not as close as that shown. Same spot next day, up to 500 P. simplex , up to 10 golden sparrows. Close photos of female. Prinias singing and carrying building material, at least 2 pairs + 1 at stone 197 + 1 between 202 / 203 + 1 between 207 /208

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