Report on Rare Birds in Spain, 2014


Authors: Marcel GIL-VELASCO, Miguel ROUCO, Joan FERRER, Manuel GARCÍA-TARRASÓN, Francisco Javier GARCÍA-VARGAS, Antonio GUTIÉRREZ, Ricardo HEVIA, Ferran LÓPEZ, Daniel LÓPEZ-VELASCO, Àlex OLLÉ, Guillermo RODRÍGUEZ, Juan SAGARDÍA and José Antonio SALAZAR


Published: Volume 64.1, January 2017. Pages 161-235.

Language: Spanish

Original Title: Observaciones de aves raras en España, 2014


This report publishes 743 new records of 134 taxa of rare birds in Spain, with an acceptance rate of 91.84%. Details on 10 new taxa for Spain are included: Zino’s Petrel (Pterodroma madeira), Pygmy Cormorant (Phalacrocorax pygmaeus), Great Black-headed Gull (Larus ichthtyaetus), Abyssinian Roller (Coracias abyssinicus), Egyptian Nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius), ‘Caspian Stonechat’ (Saxicola maurus hemprichii), Eastern Olivaceous Warbler (Iduna pallida), ‘Siberian Lesser Whitethroat’ (Sylvia curruca blythii/halimodendri), Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus), Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas), Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) and Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis), the latter replacing Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla), which is removed from the Spanish list after the review of an old record. Records of six taxa have been accepted from Peninsular Spain for the first time: White-faced Storm-petrel (Pelagodroma marina) –four records; Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaeton aethereus) –two records; Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) –one record, the 2nd for Spain; and Yellow-legged Gull showing features of the Azorean form (Larus michahellis atlantis). This report also details the second
records for Spain of Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca), Lesser Moorhen (Gallinula angulata), American Robin (Turdus migratorius) and Nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes). The following first records for the Canary Islands are also included: ‘Eastern Subalpine Warbler’ (Sylvia cantillans cantillans/albistriata), ‘Siberian Chiffchaff’ (Phylloscopus collybita tristis) and Lapland Bunting (Calcarius lapponicus). Also of note in this report is the number of Fea’s/Zino’s Petrel (Pterodroma feae/madeira) records included. Finally, a new numeric rarity definition is presented for each species in order to reflect both how rare and irregular it is.

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