First Breeding Evidence of Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris) in Libya

Etayeb, K. S., Yahia, J., Berbash, A., Wattier, R., & Brochet, A.-L. 2014. First Breeding Evidence of Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris) in Libya. Waterbirds 37: 107–110.   doi: 10.1675/063.037.0114
PDF in ResearchGate.net

Abstract:

The first evidence of breeding of Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris) in Libya, North Africa, is reported. In June 2012, at Mallaha wetland, in Tripoli, Libya, two dead ducklings were found that were later genetically identified as Marbled Duck. This breeding evidence suggests that this and other duck species may breed elsewhere in Libya. Better knowledge on Libyan, and more generally on North African waterbirds is needed to document the population size and the status of these species. Such information will be important to secure the future of threatened species, such as the Marbled Duck.

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Observations in 2013 (not related to the article above):

“During the breeding season of 2013, the Libyan Society for Birds (LSB) recorded the breeding of the Marbled Duck (see photo below by Essam Bourass) and Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) in the Tripoli Treatment Plant, the breeding of Squacco Heron (Ardeola ralloides) and other birds were also suspected”.

يتم هذا الموسم دراسة تكاثر الطيور فى احواض محطة المعالجة بالهضبة وتم تسجيل تكاثر طائر البطة الرخامية Marble Duck والغواص الصغير Little Grebe وهناك احتمال لتكاثر بعض الطيور الأخرى ولازالت الدراسة جارية مع قرب انتهاء الموسم

Information posted by Wagih Bashimam in the Facebook page of the Libyan Society for Birds.

Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris), Tripoli Treatment Plant Lagoons, Libya, July 2013.

Adult and chick of Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris), Tripoli Treatment Plant Lagoons, Libya, 4 July 2013. (Photo: Essam Bourass).

Thanks to Essam Bourass for the picture.

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