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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sudan Golden Sparrow at Aousserd

Two Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus) were seen on 12 January 2013 near Aousserd by Thomas Pettersson and Krister Mild. The birds were in a dense tree with 50 Desert Sparrows (Passer simplex) at a well 17 km SW of Aousserd, Oued Dahab region on the track to the barrage (Boulariah) where the oued is still flooded. This mega rarity at the scale of the Western Palearctic is the second Moroccan record for the species.

Thomas kindly shared with us the photos taken by his colleague Krister. He also provided the following description and GPS coordinates:

"Included are 5 photos of the female Sudan Golden Sparrow, 17 km SW of Awserd (GPS: N 22.45718°, W 14.47373°) on 12 January 2013.

This (adult) female is identified by yellowish underparts and sides of head, pale-tipped median and greater coverts, creating two narrow whitish wing-bars, and pale buffish edges to the secondaries, creating a pale panel along the closed wing. In direct comparison with Desert Sparrow it is somewhat smaller. We didn't manage to get any photos of the adult male, since it was hiding inside the tree most of the time".

Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), 17 km SW of Aousserd
Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), 17 km SW of Aousserd (© Krister Mild)
Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), Aousserd
Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), 17 km SW of Aousserd (© Krister Mild)
Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), Aousserd
Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), 17 km SW of Aousserd (© Krister Mild)
Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), Aousserd
Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), 17 km SW of Aousserd (© Krister Mild)
Habitat of the Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), Aousserd
Habitat of the Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus), 17 km SW of Aousserd (© Krister Mild)


It should be noted that the first Moroccan record of the Sudan Golden Sparrow was also found at Aousserd on 21 April 2009 by Pieter Vantieghem and his colleagues and involved 2 males and 5 females/juveniles




Many thanks to Thomas Pettersson and Krister Mild.



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