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Aves, 57/3 | 2020 | 147-165

  Rare birds in Belgium in 2019
Frédéric Vanhove, Stijn Baeten, Raphaël Lebrun, Miguel Demeulemeester et les membres de la BRBC

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This report of the Belgian Rare Birds Committee concerns the 102 records of rare birds which were observed in Belgium in 2019. 74 records have been accepted in category A, 1 in category C, 1 in category D, 7 in category E and 19 have been rejected. Some previous data not previously published are also included. The Belgian list has been enriched with 3 new category A taxa: the Mountain Shrike Lanius validirostris, Seebohm's wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe seebohmi and the Siberian Rubythroat Luscinia calliope. The list currently has 455 species of birds as defined by  the IOC World Bird List (Version 10.2) (www.worldbirdnames.org/new/). Among the other highlights are two records of Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler Locustella certhiola of which was the first field observation, the second record of a Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus, the third record since 1950 of a White's Thrush Zoothera dauma and of a Dusky thrush Turdus eunomus, the fourth of an Icelandic Redwing Turdus iliacus coburni, the fifth of the Red-tailed Shrike Lanius hoenicuroides and the sixth of a Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmaeus and of an Isabelline, Chinese or Turkestan Shrike Laniius isabellinus. A pair of Baillon's Crakes Porzana pusilla nested successfully for the first time in Wallonia. Finally, the year 2019 was the second best year for the Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides. As from 1 January 2020, the Eurasian Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus is no longer among the species to be approved nationally

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