Dinosaur of the week: Desert Lark

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These two Ammomanes deserti were intensely communicating with each other while I observered them last December in the Sahara near Tamanrasset. The species is classified as least concern on the Red List and apparently under no particular threat. But then, the birds rely on insects during the breeding season, so they’ll soon all be gone.

Thank you to the good people on birdforum.net for their help with the ID.

 

Dinosaur of the week: Fulvous Babbler

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Argy fulva as I saw him/her near Tamanrasset in Algeria. Next to the bird, I also saw plastic bottles, fizzy drink cans and wrapping paper. Right in the middle of the Sahara.

 

Dinosaur of the week: White-crowned Black Wheatear

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Last December on my trip to Tamanrassset I encountered Oenanthe leucopyga fairly regularly. The IUCN Red List classifies it as Least Concern (https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22710238/94240236) – with numbers unknown and in the knowledge that the birds feed mainly on insects. In my opinion, we need to be concerned.