Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius) at Lebna dam, Cap Bon: 2nd for Tunisia

Un Vanneau sociable (Vanellus gregarius) observé en novembre 2014 au barrage Lebna, Cap Bon, nord de la Tunisie par Csaba Pigniczki et Mohamed Ali Dakhli.

A Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius) observed in November 2014 at Lebna Reservoir, Cap Bon, northern Tunisia by Csaba Pigniczki and Mohamed Ali Dakhli. The team were surveying the coastal wetlands of Tunisia (from Bizerte to Zarzis) to count and read the colour-rings of the wintering Eurasian Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia) among other things. This is the second observation of this rare species in Tunisia, the first one was in March 1975 near Tabarka.

The Sociable Lapwing breeds in Kazakhstan and adjacent parts of Russia and winters in Sudan, Eritrea, eastern Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan and India (see map below). It is listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN red list. In the western Mediterranean region, especially in the south, the species is a very rare visitor.

Thanks to both birdwatchers for the observation!

Sociable Lapwing (Vanellus gregarious), Lebna Reservoir, Cap Bon, Tunisia

Sociable Lapwing – Vanneau sociable (Vanellus gregarious), Lebna Reservoir, Cap Bon, northern Tunisia (photo: Csaba Pigniczki).

Sociable Lapwing - Vanneau sociable (Vanellus gregarious), Cap Bon, Tunisia

Sociable Lapwing – Vanneau sociable (Vanellus gregarious), Lebna Reservoir, Cap Bon, northern Tunisia. (photo: Csaba Pigniczki).

Global distribution of Sociable Lapwings (Vanellus gregarious) (map: BirdLife International).

Global distribution of Sociable Lapwings (Vanellus gregarious) (map: BirdLife International).

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