Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) at Bir Anzarane

Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) seen yesterday at Bir Anzarane (about 140 Km north-east of Dakhla, Oued Dahab region) by my colleagues Abdeljebbar Qninba, Abdelaziz Benhoussa, Mohamed Ibn Tattou, Mohamed Laghdaf Khayya, Hicham El Brini, Btissam El Jafalli and Mohamed Mediani during a scientific trip organised by the Dakhla-based Association Nature Initiative. The bird was with a group of Desert Sparrows at an artificial water point near Bir Anzarane. This is the northernmost record for this Western Palearctic mega-rarity, until now all records were around Aousserd: at Oued Jenna in the north, and at similar habitats as Oued Jenna between 10 and 20 Km in the south-west.

Just to refresh the memory:

- 1st record that involved 2 males and 5 females/juveniles was on the Dakhla-Aousserd road (about 86 Km before Aousserd) on 21 April 2009.

2nd record was at 17 Km SW of Aousserd on 12 January 2013.

- Then came 2014 when several Sudan Golden Sparrows were recorded by several birders, both north (at Oued Jenna) and south of Aousserd between 1 February and 13 April.

Thanks to all naturalists and to the Association 'Nature Initiative', and good luck for next birders.


Update: 28 Sudan Golden Sparrows seen and photographed in the same area on 2 February.


Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Bir Anzarane, Oued Dahab region, southern Morocco. 30 January 2015. (Abdeljebbar Qninba / Association ‘Nature Initiative').
Passer luteus + Passer simplexBir Anzarane, Oued Dahab region, southern Morocco. 30 January 2015. (Abdeljebbar Qninba / Association ‘Nature Initiative').
Passer luteus + Passer simplexBir Anzarane, Oued Dahab region, southern Morocco. 30 January 2015. (Abdeljebbar Qninba / Association ‘Nature Initiative').
Passer luteus + Passer simplex, Bir Anzarane, southern Morocco. (Mohamed Laghdaf Khayya / Association ‘Nature Initiative’)
Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Bir Anzarane, southern Morocco. (Mohamed Ibn Tattou / Association ‘Nature Initiative’)
Passer luteus + Passer simplex, Bir Anzarane, southern Morocco. (Mohamed Laghdaf Khayya / Association ‘Nature Initiative’)