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Aves, 55/4 | 2018 | 175-196

  Rare birds in Belgium in 2017 - Report of the Belgian Rare Birds Committee
Wouter Faveyts, Frédéric Vanhove, Stijn Baeten, Raphaël Lebrun, Joris Elst et les membres de la BRBC

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This report of the Belgian Rare Birds Committee considers the records of 239 rare birds that have been observed in Belgium, the majority during the year 2017. A total of 165 records have been accepted as Class A and 30 as Class E. Furthermore, 44 records were rejected. Some previous records the analysis of which has not yet been published are also included. The Belgian list was enriched with three new species: the Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris, the Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Merops persicus and the Long-tailed Shrike Lanius schach. Among the other highlights, to be mentioned are the second record of an American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica, the third of a Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus, the fourth record for Belgium of a Slender-billed Gull Larus genei and the fourth and fifth Belgian records of Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler Locustella certhiola. In 2017 there was a record number of observations of the European Storm Petrel Hydrobates pelagicus and of the Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus. 2017 was also the second best year for sightings of the Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus.

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