Autumn-winter breeding by Cream-coloured Coursers Cursorius cursor is more common than previously reported
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28 February 15
Mohamed Amezian, Patrick Bergier, Abdeljebbar Qninba
Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology, PO Box 2121, Tétouan, Morocco
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Until the end of the 20th century there were only limited numbers of autumn-winter breeding records of the Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor. Here, we compile several autumn-winter breeding observations obtained mainly by amateur birders (citizen scientists) and we show that this phenomenon is more common when local conditions (especially rainfall) are favourable. These observations are from several parts of the species’ range, as far apart as Socotra Island (Yemen), Oman, and the Canary Islands (Spain), although the majority are from the region of Oued Ad-Deheb, S Morocco.