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The following largely unconfirmed records have been published in recent Bulletins of the African Bird Club for information only.

from ABC Bulletin 22.2

Records from the Khartoum area in February - May 2015 include the following. At a small sewage site at Omdurman Islamic University, four pairs of Hottentot Teals Anas hottentota with c.15 young were observed on 1 February. Also there were a Common Redshank Tringa totanus and at least one Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio; the latter species has now been recorded at all four sewage sites visited in the Khartoum area and >125, an unexpected large number, was subsequently counted at Sunt Forest on 22 May. At Jebel Aulia, south of Khartoum, c.40 Slender-billed Gulls Chroicocephalus genei, c.10 Caspian Gulls Larus cachinnans, c.10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls L. fuscus and Caspian Terns Hydroprogne caspia were seen on 21 February. 

from ABC Bulletin 22.1

Records from September–December 2014 include the following. At Khartoum Sewage Pools, just south of Khartoum, eight Purple Swamphens Porphyrio porphyrio, including a juvenile, were observed on 12 September; the species has been observed year-round in recent years, but the sighting of a juvenile is the first proof of breeding. Also there were 48 Hottentot Teals Anas hottentota—the highest count to date. Large numbers of Common Moorhens Gallinula chloropus (an uncommon to rare species, according to Nikolaus 1987. Distribution Atlas of Sudan’s Birds), including juveniles and some very small chicks, were also present, as well as 28 of the usual Red-kobbed Coots Fulica cristata. A Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca at Bahri Sewage Pools, just north of Khartoum, on 19 September, was the first for this site. Four Southern Pochards Netta erythrophthalma were also there, on 12 December. The most noteworthy waders at this locality included White-tailed Lapwings Vanellus leucurus, observed on 17 October (at least two) and 12 December (four). Barred Warblers Sylvia nisoria were mist-netted near Sennar in early October and late November; both were juveniles. 

from ABC Bulletin 21.2

Records from January - June 2014 include the following. A flock of c.200 Yellow-billed Storks Mycteria ibis at Karima on 19 April was a noteworthy record so far north. A pair of Hottentot Teal Anas hottentota with a chick was photographed at Khartoum Sewage Ponds on 12 February, confirming that the species breeds in the country. Two Slender-billed Gulls Chroicocephalus genei at Bahri Sewage Ponds, Khartoum, on 4 April represented a rare sighting; Nikolaus (1987. Distribution Atlas of Sudan’s Birds) mentions a single inland record, from 1980, but a few more have been noted since then. Also there on the same date, a Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus was mist-netted - a significant southerly range extension along the Nile; a week later two birds responded to playback. A weaver mist-netted at Bahri Sewage Ponds on 4 April appeared to be the first hybrid Northern Masked Ploceus taeniopterus × Cinnamon Weaver P. badius; the bird was in a large colony of Northern Masked Weavers, with a male Cinnamon Weaver nearby. On 25 April a second hybrid was nest building c.100 m from where the first bird was caught. Several flocks of Village Weavers P. cucullatus were observed along the Nile at Karima on 19 - 20 April, extending the species’ known range north by >400 km; the presence of the species so far north may perhaps explain the record of the first Village Weaver for Egypt at Abu Simbel, Lake Nasser, near the country’s southern border, on 1 May 2006. Between 28 February and 30 May flocks of Wattled Starlings Creatophora cinera were regularly seen at Bahri Sewage Ponds, with c.200, including adults in breeding plumage and recently fledged juveniles, on 12 April; this is the first breeding record in Sudan of a species previously considered a rare visitor.

from ABC Bulletin 21.1

Records from 2013 - January 2014 include the following. Hottentot Teals Anas hottentota were observed regularly throughout 2013 at the sewage pools at Bahri, just north of Khartoum, and Soba Hospital, with up to 15 birds present at both sites; Nikolaus (1987. Distribution Atlas of Sudan’s Birds) mentioned just two records in Sudan, but suspected the species may have been overlooked. Two female Ferruginous Ducks Aythya nyroca were photographed at Khartoum Sewage Pools on 16 December; the species is rarely recorded in Sudan. A male Southern Pochard Netta erythrophthalma was photographed at Bahri Sewage Pools and up to eight males and a single female were present at Khartoum Sewage Pools on 30 November and 2 December; the species is rarely reported so far north and there are only a handful of previous records from the country. With only one record mentioned by Nikolaus (1987), Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio might be considered a very rare bird in Sudan, but sightings throughout 2013 from the sewage pools at Bahri, Khartoum and Soba Hospital suggest that it is a fairly common resident in appropriate habitat. This also suggests that the population in Egypt is not as disjunct from other African populations as previously thought. Up to 44 Red-knobbed Coots Fulica cristata were at Khartoum Sewage Pools from 30 November until late January at least, including a pair with two young, photographed on 24 January; these are the first records for Sudan. A female Ménétries’s Warbler Sylvia mystacea mist-netted near Sennar, c.300 km south-east of Khartoum, on 2 November, was a rare record so far south. 

from ABC Bulletin 20.1

Records from the Kharthoum area in August - November 2012 include the following. At Soba Pools, at least four Hottentot Teals Anas hottentota and one Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio were observed on 17 August; Nikolaus (1987. Distribution Atlas of Sudan’s Birds) mentions only a single record for each species, but prior to the rainy season they were seen more or less regularly in the area. At least 42 Hottentot Teals were there on 25 October. A juvenile Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus seen on the same date may suggest the first breeding record for the country. In Sunt Forest, a Broad-billed Sandpiper Limicola falcinellus, a species described as rare by Nikolaus (1987), was photographed on 9 November. A Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus, considered rare inland, was at Al Dabbaseen bridge on 30 November. A Little Tern Sternula albifrons was on the lake at Jebel Aulia on 14 September. A White-headed Babbler Turdoides leucopygia photographed with nesting material on Tuti Island on 28 September may constitute the first confirmed breeding record for Sudan.

from ABC Bulletin 19.2

In January - June 2012 the following were reported. Three Hottentot Teals Anas hottentota were photographed on the Nile near Al Dabbaseen bridge on 11 May, with at least 14 behind Soba hospital, near Khartoum, on the same day; Nikolaus (1987. Distribution Atlas of Sudan’s Birds) mentions only two records for the country. Egyptian Plover Pluvianus aegyptius was regularly seen on the Blue Nile south of Khartoum in January; the species is not marked for the area in the Atlas. In early January, a Little Stint Calidris minuta mist-netted at Um Shugeira Island, Khartoum, had been ringed at the same site in 2010. A group of six Slender-billed Gulls Larus genei was seen at Tuti Island, Khartoum, on 24 February, with one photographed at the Khartoum International Community School stables on 25 March; Nikolaus (1987) describes the species as uncommon on the Red Sea and mentions only a single inland record, from Khartoum, in spring1980. The presence of Little Tern Sternula albifrons, already suspected when a few were seen at Tuti Island on 30 March, was confirmed when one was photographed on the Blue Nile 70 km south of Khartoum on 28 April; none had been recorded at the time of the Atlas. At Sunt Forest, near Khartoum, an immature Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius and a first-year Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka, both uncommon in Sudan, were photographed on 3 February. In early March, three groups of Wattled Starlings Creatophora cinerea were seen south of Khartoum; Nikolaus (1987) marks them as rare except in what is now South Sudan

from ABC Bulletin 19.1

In the Red Sea hills north of Port Sudan, a honey buzzard was photographed on 1 June 2011 and subsequently identified as the first Oriental (Crested) Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus for the country. Other species recorded in the same area included Bonelli’s Eagle Aquila fasciata, a species only recently observed for the first time in Sudan, Booted Eagle Hieraaetus pennatus and the rarely recorded Hooded Wheatear Oenanthe monacha.

In Sennar State, two small flocks of Demoiselle Cranes Anthropoides virgo consisting of 60 - 80 birds each at 13°19’24”N 34°14’26”E were noted on 18 October; according to Nikolaus (1987. Distribution Atlas of Sudan’s Birds), the species has not been recorded previously in that one-degree square, although it is apparently common on passage in the squares north and west of it.

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