This series of posts will eventually include some information on all the species to be found within the AWB Region, starting with the Accipitridae Family. The main Category classification is the scientific Family name such as Accipitridae and the sub-categories are the English Family Names that make up the total Scientific Family, such as Buzzards or Eagles which form part of the Accipitridae Family. Because the Category tree is only two tier, further groupings will be made by Tags, which will be chosen as necessary to manage additional groupings. In order to view a list of posts in your chosen category, click on the Select Category arrow in the Categories widget that is on the RHS of all the posts.
Please note that the scientific Family posts, eg Accipitridae will only include families and species pertinent to the AWB Region. In addition, two more Categories cards have now been added, these are Accidentals and Vagrants and outline how these topics are treated and need to be read to better understand how the standard AWB Species List is arranged.
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Pandionidae – Ospreys+ is a Family of medium/large fish eating species of Type – diurnal raptor, and Order Accipitriformes. Ospreys have long been considered as one single worldwide species containing various sub-species. However this has recently changed into two species, the Western Ospreys with a cosmopolitan distribution and the Eastern Ospreys found in Australia. However at the moment there still remains a single genus – Pandion, within the Family.Read More »
The Northern bald ibis – Geronticus eremita or Waldrapp is a migratory long legged species of Type – wadingbird, Family Threskiornithidae and Order Pelecaniformes. It used to be common and widespread around the Mediterranean Basin but has now seriously declined. There remain a few areas of assisted populations in Morocco, Spain, Italy, Austria and Syria.
Type - wadingbird - colonial breeder, mountain villages, Summer Habitat - Rocky cliffs, marine and inland, urban roofs in mountain villages, Winter Habitat - Syrian birds winter in the mountains of Ethiopia, Moroccan birds disperse along the coast, Order: Pelecaniformes Family: Threskiornithidae Genus: Geronticus Species - Geronticus eremita Northern bald ibis - Species - ebird.org Northern bald ibis - Species sheet - wikipedia.org Northern bald ibis - Species - e360.yale.edu Northern bald ibis - Species - birdlife.org Northern bald ibis - Sounds & Maps - xeno-canto.org Additional Material... Northern bald ibis - Images - google.com Northern bald ibis - Video - youtube.com Northern bald ibis - Datazone - birdlife.orgRead More »
The European shag – Gulosus aristotelis is a medium/large cormorant species of Type – seabird, Family Phalacrocoracidae and Order Suliformes. It is a coastal European marine species seldom found far inland from the Atlantic or Mediterranean coastlines. In the AWB Region it is found as a summer breeder on N and S coasts of Turkey, the islands of the Aegean, Cyprus. NE Libya, areas of the Maghreb coasts and the S Atlantic coast of Morocco. In the winter it disperses more widely along the coastlines where it breeds, as noted above.
Type - seabird - Summer Habitat - Winter Habitat - Order: Suliformes Family: Phalacrocoracidae Genus: Gulosus Species - Gulosus aristotelis European shag - Species - ebird.org European shag - Species sheet - wikipedia.org European shag - Species - animaldiversity.org European shag - Card - oiseaux-birds.com European shag - Sounds & Maps - xeno-canto.org Additional Material... European shag - Images - google.com European shag - Video - youtube.com European shag - Datazone - birdlife.orgRead More »
The Long-tailed cormorant – Microcarbo africanus – or Reed Cormorant, is a small African cormorant of Type – seabird, Family Phalacrocoracidae and Order Suliformes. It is resident and common in freshwater wetlands across s s Africa. In the AWB Region it is present in suitable wetlands from the Sahel Belt southwards.
Type - seabird- nests in trees or sheltered by long grass on the ground, Resident Habitat - quiet coastal areas and inland freshwater wetlands, Order: Suliformes Family: Phalacrocoracidae Genus: Microcarbo Species - Microcarbo africanus Long-tailed cormorant - Species - ebird.org Long-tailed cormorant - Species sheet - wikipedia.org Long-tailed cormorant - Card - oiseaux-birds.com Long-tailed cormorant - Database - avibase Long-tailed cormorant - Sounds & Maps - xeno-canto.org Additional Material... Long-tailed cormorant - Images - shutterstock.com Long-tailed cormorant - Video - youtube.com Long-tailed cormorant - Datazone - birdlife.orgRead More »
The Anhingidae – Darters+ or Anhingidae – Anhingas / Darters are a family of large long necked water birds, sometimes called Snakebirds, of the Order Suliformes, they are of Type – waterbird. Under current terminology, the term Anhinga refers to the New World species and Darter refers to the Old World species, they are all in the single genus Anhinga of the Family, and are typically fresh water birds of the Tropics, although a few are found in brackish estuaries and mangroves and get their local name of snakebird from their habit of swimming with their body submerged and only their long neck above the water.Read More »
The African Darter – Anhinga rufa – is a large Tropical water species of Type – waterbird, Family Anhingidae and Order Suliformes. Members are found in Tropical countries world wide, but the one relevant to the AWB Region is the African darter which is found in large wetlands in s s Africa, the Horn of Africa, Madagascar and the Iraq/Iran marshes. Similar to cormorants it has the habit of standing near the water’s edge with its wings outstretched to dry them.
Type - waterbird - nest built of sticks in a tree, Breeding Habitat - suitably large stretches of calm water, with enough fishes to sustain it, Order: Suliformes Family: Anhingidae Genus: Anhinga Species - Anhinga rufa African Darter - Species - ebird.org African Darter - Species sheet - wikipedia.org African Darter - Card - oiseaux-birds.com African Darter - Database - avibase African Darter - Sounds & Maps - xeno-canto.org Additional Material... African Darter - Images - google.com African Darter - Video - youtube.com African Darter - Datazone - birdlife.orgRead More »
The Masked Booby – Sula dactylatra – is a large Tropical marine species of Type – seabird, Family Sulidae and Order Suliformes. It is found in all the world’s Tropical Oceans. In the AWB Region the closest population is in W Indian Ocean into the Arabian Sea and into the S Red Sea. There is another population in the W Atlantic, and it is recorded as Accidental in Morocco.
Type - seabird - colonial breeder, Summer Habitat - remote bare open islands and islets, close to deep water, Winter Habitat - pelagic Tropical waters, Order: Suliformes Family: Sulidae Genus: Sula Species - Sula dactylatra Masked Booby - Species - ebird.org Masked Booby - Species sheet - wikipedia.org Masked Booby - Species - allaboutbirds.org Masked Booby - Species - animaldiversity.org Masked Booby - Sounds & Maps - xeno-canto.org Additional Material... Masked Booby - Images - google.com Masked Booby - Video - youtube.com Masked Booby - Datazone - birdlife.orgRead More »
The Brown Booby – Sula leucogaster – is a large Tropical marine species of Type – seabird, Family Sulidae and Order Suliformes. It is found in all the world’s Tropical Oceans. In the AWB Region it resident in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden/Horn of Africa area up to the Dhofar Region of Oman. Elsewhere, in the Atlantic it is found offshore of Western Sahara and Mauritania in the non-breeding season.
Type - seabird - nests of marine debris, on the ground, Breeding Habitat - tropical islands, Winter Habitat - pelagic dispersion widely over Tropical Oceans, Order: Suliformes Family: Sulidae Genus: Sula Species - Sula leucogaster Brown Booby - Species - ebird.org Brown Booby - Species sheet - wikipedia.org Brown Booby - Species - nzbirdsonline.org.nz Brown Booby - Species - animaldiversity.org Brown Booby - Sounds & Maps - xeno-canto.org Additional Material... Brown Booby - Images - google.com Brown Booby - Video - youtube.com Brown Booby - Datazone - birdlife.orgRead More »
The Cape Gannet – Morus capensis – is a large African marine species of Type – seabird. Family Sulidae and Order Suliformes. It breeds on a few islands off Namibia and South Africa, outside the breeding season it is strictly coastal, not venturing too far offshore, and is found on the coasts of southern Africa from Togo to Kenya. In the AWB Region it is recorded as Accidental in Morocco.
Type - seabird - colonial, Breeding Habitat - a few isolated islands off southern Africa, Winter Habitat - coastal waters around southern Africa, Order: Suliformes Family: Sulidae Genus: Morus Species - Morus capensis Cape Gannet - Species - ebird.org Cape Gannet - Species sheet - wikipedia.org Cape Gannet - Species - krugerpark.co.za Cape Gannet - Species - birdlife.org Cape Gannet - Sounds & Maps - xeno-canto.org Additional Material... Cape Gannet - Images - google.com Cape Gannet - Video - youtube.com Cape Gannet - Datazone - birdlife.orgRead More »
The Yellow-billed Stork – Mycteria ibis – is a sedentary mid-sized, s s African stork of Type – wadingbird, Family Ciconiidae and Order Ciconiiformes. It is resident and widely distributed over s s Africa, but does make seasonal movements related to the rainfall pattern. In the AWB Region it is found in suitable wetlands S from the Sahel Belt.
Type - wadingbird - colonial, nests in small trees over water or mature trees in dry areas, Summer Habitat - shallow wetlands and mudflats, Winter Habitat - as above but avoids, deep waters, extensive flooded areas, and densely wooded regions Order: Ciconiiformes Family: Ciconiidae Genus: Mycteria Species - Mycteria ibis Yellow-billed Stork - Species - ebird.org Yellow-billed Stork - Species sheet - wikipedia.org Yellow-billed Stork - Card - oiseaux-birds.com Yellow-billed Stork - Database - avibase Yellow-billed Stork - Sounds & Maps - xeno-canto.org Additional Material... Yellow-billed Stork - Images - google.com Yellow-billed Stork - Video - youtube.com Yellow-billed Stork - Datazone - birdlife.orgRead More »