Report on rare birds in Spain, 2016
Authors: Marcel GIL-VELASCO, Miguel ROUCO, Joan FERRER, Manuel GARCÍA-TARRASÓN, Francisco Javier GARCÍA-VARGAS, Antonio GUTIÉRREZ, Ricardo HEVIA, Ferran LÓPEZ, Daniel LÓPEZ-VELASCO, Àlex OLLÉ, Guillermo RODRÍGUEZ, Juan SAGARDÍA and José Antonio SALAZAR
Published: Volume 65.1, January 2018. Pages 97-139.
Original Title: Observaciones de aves raras en España, 2016
Report on rare birds in Spain, 2016. This report publishes 253 new records of 97 rare taxa in Spain, with an acceptance rate of 93%. The most remarkable records included are those of two Eyebrowed Thrush (Turdus obscurus) –first and second for Spain–, two nominate Subalpine Warblers (Sylvia cantillans cantillans) –first and second for Spain–, a Levaillant’s Green Woodpecker (Picus vaillantii) –first for Spain, in the North African territories–, a ‘Steppe Great Grey Shrike’ (Lanius meridionalis pallidirostris) –first for Spain–, a White-winged Scoter of the Asian form (Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri) –second for Spain–, a Striped Crake (Porzana marginalis) –second for Spain–, a Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) –second for Spain– and two Blyth’s Pipits (Anthus godlewskii) –second and third for Spain–. Furthermore, the first record of African Crake (Crex egregia) for the Iberian Peninsula and Europe is included, together with the second record for the Iberian Peninsula of a South Polar Skua (Stercorarius maccormickii) and the third Black-bellied Storm-petrel (Fregetta tropica) for Spain (and fourth for the Western Palearctic). Other interesting records published here are those of the second confirmed breeding of the Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius cursor) in the Iberian Peninsula and a remarkably high number of Hume’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus humei) records, twice the previous total.