Dinosaur of the week: Brown-necked Raven

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Corvus ruficollis is a desert species and I met this one and his/her friend on a trip to the Algerian Sahara in December last year. The birds are collaborative hunters and apparently, the species is doing OK.


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.