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Aves, 56/4 | 2019 | 307-327

  Rare birds in Belgium in 2018 - Report of the Belgian Rare Birds Committee
Stijn Baeten, Frédéric Vanhove, Raphaël Lebrun, Miguel Demeulemeester et les membres de la BRBC

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This report of the Belgian Rare Birds Committee concerns 177 records of sightings of rare birds in Belgium, most of them in the year 2018. In Category A, 115 records have been accepted, there were none in Category D and 16 in Category E. The remaining 46 records were not accepted. The report also includes some earlier data and analyses, not previously published. The Belgian list was enriched by the addition of three new species (Category A) : the Eurasian Black Vulture Aegypius monachus, the Western Orphean Warbler Sylvia hortensis and the Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis. Other highlights worthy of mention include the first record, in 2017, of a Western Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava iberiae, the third record of the Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus, the fourth of the Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka andthe fifth of the Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus. In 2018, there was a record number of sightings of the Black winged Kite Elanus caeruleus (and that for the second year running), of the Redrumped Swallow Cecropis daurica and of the Dusky Warbler Phylloscopus fuscatus. This was also the second best year for the Eurasian Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus.

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