Help: Recoveries of Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia) in Africa

As we can see from the map below, it is clearly visible that Tunisia is the most important site for the Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia) ringed in Hungary, and we have regular observations from Libya, and there are some observations from Morocco and Mauritania, which is rarely visited by Hungarian individuals. We have only old recoveries from Egypt and Sudan, from between 1920-1950, and no data from Algeria or Chad – we suppose there are Spoonbills, but not checked for colour rings. We have only limited data from sub-Saharan Africa, namely from Niger, Nigeria and Mali – we suppose there must be more colour ringed Spoonbills. If you have chance, please try to read the rings of Spoonbills in Africa, and help our project with sending your data for us.

Information about the used systems:

– European Colour-Ring Birding website (the link lists all colour-rings used in Spoonbill in Europe).

– Photo-Guide to Colour-Ringed Birds website (contains photographs of colour-ringed Spoonbills from different European ringing schemes).

Many thanks in advance for your help from Csaba Pigniczki, the coordinator of Hungarian Spoonbill Colour-ringing Project.

Recoveries of Eurasian Spoonbills ringed in Hungary (1908-2013)

Recoveries of Eurasian Spoonbills ringed in Hungary (1908-2013). Map: Hungarian Spoonbill Colour-ringing Project.

Colour-ringing a Eurasian Spoonbill nesting in Hungary

Colour-ringing a Eurasian Spoonbill nesting in Hungary (Photo: Dudás László)

Colour-ringed Eurasian Spoonbills recovered at Lake of Tunis, ZS is a Hungarian bird, the other from Serbia.

Colour-ringed Eurasian Spoonbills recovered at Lake of Tunis, ZS is a Hungarian bird, the other from Serbia. (Photo: Hichem Azafzaf, Association ‘Les Amis des Oiseaux‘ (AAO)

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