Working for birds in Africa

First records of Chestnut Sparrow Passer eminibey for Chad

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Premières observations du Moineau d’Emin Passer eminibey au Tchad.

Le 19 septembre 2015, une petite colonie de Moineaux d’Emin Passer eminibey, comprenant au moins 4–5 mâles adultes et deux femelles, a été découverte à Éredib, au centre du Tchad. En mars 2016 les oiseaux, comprenant des juvéniles, se trouvaient toujours au même endroit, tandis qu’un deuxième groupe fut trouvé à Abéché, 220 km à l’est. Ceci constituent les premières données pour le pays. La population la plus proche se trouve au Darfur, Soudan, à environ 500 km à l’est d’Éredib. L’acacia Faidherbia albida dans lequel les mâles paradaient, abritait également 3–4 mâles et 2–3 femelles du Moineau domestique P. domesticus.

I n the course of a field survey of the Ouadi Rimé-Ouadi Achim Game Reserve in central Chad, a small colony comprising at least 4–5 adult male and two female Chestnut Sparrows Passer eminibey was discovered at the small settlement of Éredib (13º33’37.9”N 18º55’33.6”E) on 19 September 2015. On returning to the site in March 2016 at least 10–15 birds were again present at the same location, while a second group of 5–10 was discovered at a work contractor’s compound on the outskirts of Abéché (13º49’50.2”N 20º51’48.5”E), c.220 km east of Éredib. The Éredib site is in central Chad, 450 km east-northeast of the capital N’Djamena and 350 km west of the border with Sudan. The sparrows there were frequenting a small, inhabited, fenced compound enclosing a borehole with tower reservoir at the edge of the village. They were evidently conditioned to human presence and were observed at close range.

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