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Rare Birds in Spain

Identification and occurrence

Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius cursor) breeding in mainland Spain

Introduction
First record. Almeria 2001
Second record. Albacete 2012
Third record. Granada 2017
References
Acknowledgements
Citation

Introduction

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The Cream-coloured Courser is a typical breeder of N Africa and the middle East (see eBird records map for July 2017 above and more information in HBW alive here). Within Spain it regularly breeds in the Canary islands, mainly in Fuerteventura and Lanzarote (see Spanish Atlas text in pdf here).

In mainland Spain it has been recorded as a vagrant in several ocasions. In may 2017 there was a small influx to Extremadura and Albacete areas (see May 2017 page here). Then in June 2017, three birds were recorded in Granada (see June 2017 page). The Granada birds, that were actually four, ended breeding as proven below. This is the third known record for mainland Spain after the 2001 record for Almería and 2012 Albacete two pairs, see a map below. This page reviews the three known breeding records totalling five known pairs between 2001-2017.

Given the number of sightings of the species in mainland Spain, and the timing and habitats involved, these may well not be the last Courser breeding cases in mainland Spain and Europe.

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First record. Almeria 2001

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One pair. A pair with a chick was found in Almeria on 28.5.2001 (Gerjon Gelling and Anne Kuiten). A total of six adults were also seen. Read the full record in the 2001 special page of this website.

Second record. Albacete 2012

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Photo above:© José Antonio Cañizares 11.8.2012

Two pairs. On 10.8,2012 4 individuals (2 ads + 2 juv), a probable local breeding family according to juvenile characteristics, was seen at ZEPA de Aves Esteparias del Este de Albacete. It's a different party to that previously featured (José Antonio Cañizares Mata). See a photo below and thumbnails here.On 11.8 the four birds, 2 ads + 2 juvs were seen again. The two juvs were asking for food to the parents. The area is so huge that it is difficult to even see the birds (José Antonio Cañizares) (see enclosed photo with 3 birds circled). This can actually be considered the 2nd ever breeding record in Europe.These birds were seen again on 21.8 when it was confirmed that these two juveniles were different from the juvenile seen on 1.8 at 4 km distance, hence two pairs were confirmed for Albacete this year (David Cañizares). The full story is in August 2012 page of this website. Scan the previous months for further Courser records. The records are also included in the Sabuco, Revista de Estudios Albacetenses, volume 9 (2013) (pdf here).

Third record. Granada 2017

Two pairs. During June-July 2017, two pairs of Cream-coloured Coursers have bred in Alhama de Granada area, Granada. The two pairs produced two chicks each, of whose three grew enough to fly. Read the chronicle of the events in Spanish at Aves Granadinas blog here (see videos there too) and July 2017 page of this website. See photos below (Juan Pérez Contreras).

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Photos: © Juan Pérez Contreras 26.7.2017

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Vidcap above: © Juan Pérez Contreras 24.6.2017. Arrows point out adults and fledgings. See the video here.

References

  • Gelling, A., Kuiten, A. & Gutiérrez, R. 2001. Cream-coloured Cursor Cursorius cursor breeding in mainland Spain in Spring 2001: first European record. Retrieved from http://www.rarebirdspain.net/arbsi014
  • Maclean, G.L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius cursor). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/53776 on 30 July 2017).
Acknowledgments

Thanks to Juan Pérez Contreras for his interest in bringing the 2017 event to its final success.

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Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius cursor) breeding in mainland Spain.

Summary:


Introduction
First record. Almeria 2001
Second record. Albacete 2012
Third record. Granada 2017
References
Acknowledgements
Citation





 


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