الصحراء الغربية | Sáhara Occidental | Western Sahara

SUB-REGION
North-West Africa

SIZE
252,120 km²

BIRDS AND BIRDING

SPECIES
Diversity

A mix of Afrotropical and Palaearctic elements in the avifauna
Approximately 330 recorded species

Desert Sparrow (Paul van Giersbergen)
Crowned Sandgrouse (Paul van Giersbergen)
Dunn’s Lark (Tim Wacher)

Birds best found in Western Sahara but occurring more widely (BT)
Golden Nightjar
Dunn’s Lark

Birds best found in two territories of the ABC region but occurring in more (B2)
Cricket Warbler

Proposed split not yet accepted by IOC
Saharan Scrub Warbler (B2)

Other taxa of interest
Spotted Sandgrouse
Crowned Sandgrouse
Pale Crag Martin
Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark
Fulvous Babbler
African Desert Warbler
Desert Sparrow
Sudan Golden Sparrow

Spotted Sandgrouse (Nik Borrow)
Fulvous Babbler (Paul van Giersbergen)

MAIN HABITATS
Sandy desert, coastal wetlands

BIRD AREAS
None

BIRDING SITES
Dakhla Bay, Aousserd area and Knifiss Lagoon

TIMING (Jan–Mar)
Best after the rains (Jan–Apr)
Avoid the hot dry season (May–Aug)

RESOURCES
Apps
Collins Bird Guide

Field guides
Collins Bird Guide by Lars Svensson (2010)

Sounds
African Bird Sounds/Oiseaux d’Afrique Vol 1: North-west Africa, Canaria and Cap-Verde Islands/Sahara, Maghreb, Madère, Canaries & Iles du Cap-Vert by Claude Chappuis

Site guides
Where to Watch Birds in Morocco by Patrick & Fédora Bergier (2017)

Further reading
Oiseaux du Sahara Atlantique Marocain by Patrick Bergier, Michel Thévenot & Abdeljebbar Qninba (2017)
Birds of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East: an Annotated Checklist by Dominic Mitchell (2017)
Morocco by Chris Magin in Important Bird Areas in Africa and Associated Islands: Priority Sites for Conservation edited by Lincoln D C Fishpool & Michael I Evans (2001)
Articles in Bull. ABC, Malimbus, etc.

ORGANISATIONS

There is currently no BirdLife Partner in Western Sahara

Bird or conservation organisations active in Western Sahara include –
Association Nature Initiative (ANI)

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