A couple of Pied Crows (Corvus albus) were seen roosting on palm trees at Tajura (32°53’37.39 N, 13°23’13.33 E), some 20 Km east of Tripoli (western Libya) on 7 June 2013 and then seen and photographed on 17 June. According to the Libyan Society for Birds, the species have been recorded in eastern Libya only a few times before but this is the first record for western Libya.
The Libyan Society for Birds wishes to thank Khaled Etayeb, Essam Bourass, Ali Berbash and Wagih Bashimam for their help.
Update, 13 September 2013:
Essam Bourass observed again 2 Pied Crows at the same place two weeks ago (i.e. around the end of August). He was not sure if they were adults or not as he haven’t binoculars at the moment of the observation. So at least 2 individuals stayed in this area for nearly 3 months (7 June, 17 June and end of August). It’s worth checking their breeding status in this area, if not possible this year it should be considered next year. It should be noted that the Pied Crow is a rare bird north of the Sahara desert, and the only place where this sub-Saharan species had bred in the Western Palearctic is Chtoukan between Boujdour and Dakhla (Western Sahara, Morocco) in 2010 (see: Batty, C. 2010. Pied Crows in Western Sahara, Morocco. Dutch Birding 32: 329).