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Aves, 54/3 | 2017 | 123-148

  Rare birds in Belgium in 2016 : report of the Belgian Rare Birds Committee
Wouter Faveyts, Frédéric Vanhove, Raphaël Lebrun, Joris Elst et les membres de la BRBC

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This report of the Belgian Rare Birds Committee considers 309 records of rare birds observed in Belgium. Some earlier data, the analysis of which has not previously been published, are also included. The Belgian list has been embellished by two new species: the Eastern Crowned Warbler Phylloscopus coronatus and, somewhat belatedly, the Elegant Tern Sterna elegans, an observation dating from1988. Other highlights include the third records of the Steppe Eagle Aquila nipalensis and of the Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka, the fourth records of Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus, of Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius (from a photograph taken in 2013) and of Franklin’s Gull Larus pipixcan, and the fifth mention of the Desert Wheatear Oenanthe deserti. As in our first report, the great majority of the data for the period in question does not come from information transmitted directly by bird watchers to the BRBC, but rather has been collected from the various national platforms for recording observations, notably observations.be


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