Report on rare birds in Spain, 2017


Authors: Marcel GIL-VELASCO, Miguel ROUCO, Manuel GARCÍA-TARRASÓN, Francisco Javier GARCÍA-VARGAS, Ricardo HEVIA, Marc ILLA, Ferran LÓPEZ, Daniel LÓPEZ-VELASCO, Àlex OLLÉ, Guillermo RODRÍGUEZ, Miguel RODRÍGUEZ, Juan SAGARDÍA


Published: Volume 66.1, January 2019. Pages 169-204.

Language: English

Keywords: rare birds, Spain and rarities


This report publishes 247 new records of 93 rare taxa in Spain, with an acceptance rate of 92%. The most remarkable records included are those of a Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris –first for Spain–; a Brown-necked Raven Corvus ruficollis –first for Spain–; the Central European subspecies of Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus europaeus –first for Spain–; a Mealy Redpoll Acanthis flammea flammea –second for Spain–; a ‘Steppe’ Great Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris –second for Spain–; a Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus –second for Spain–; an American Whimbrel Numenius hudsonicus –second for Spain–; a Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus –second for Spain–; and a Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus –third for Spain. Furthermore, the second record of Fea’s Petrel Pterodroma feae for Peninsular Spain is included, together with the second record for the Canary Islands of a Pale-bellied Brant Branta bernicla hrota, the second and third records for the Canary Island of Sooty Tern Onychoprion fuscatus and the third record for the Canary Islands of Royal Tern Sterna maxima. Other interesting records published here are the unprecedented influx of Lesser Redpoll Acanthis flammea cabaret and Hoopoe Lark Alaemon alaudipes, the first confirmed breeding in Spain of Hooded Crow Corvus cornix and a new confirmed breeding of Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor in the Iberian Peninsula. And, last but not least, some remarkable old records were reviewed following the latest identification criteria. As a result, some records of Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus were rejected, together with one record of Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus, one record of Saker Falcon Falco cherrug, one record of Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata and two records of White-tailed Plover Vanellus leucurus, leading to the removal of the latter species from the Spanish List.

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