Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris) breeding in Tripoli (Libya)

Etayeb, K. S., Bourass, E. M., Bashimam, W., Wattier, R. & Brochet, A.-L. 2014. Marbled Duck Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding in Tripoli (Libya). In: Feltrup-Azafzaf, C., Dain, M., Brochet, A.L., Defos du Rau, P., Mondain-Monval, J.Y. & Azafzaf, H. (eds.). Bulletin of the network “Mediterranean Waterbirds”, No. 2. AAO, ONCFS, Tour du Valat. pp: 43-44. PDF

Reproduction de la Sarcelle marbrée Marmaronetta angustirostris à Tripoli (Libye).

Excerpt from the text:

“On 6 June 2012, we visited Mallaha (32° 53′ 58 N latitude and 13° 17′ 15 E longitude), as part of our ordinary field work of bird counts in wetlands in and around Tripoli. We recorded the breeding of Little Tern Sterna albifrons (26 nests, 3 live and 3 dead nestlings) and Black-winged stilt Himantopus himantopus (18 nests). During that, we suddenly found two dead ducklings (Pic. 1). A sample was sent to France (University of Burgundy) for genetic analyses to determine the species. The PCR analysis confirmed that the duckling belongs to Marbled Duck Marmaronetta angustirostris. This is the first record of breeding of this species in Libya (Etayeb et al. 2014)…..

On 4 July 2013, members of the Libyan Society for Birds (LSB) reported a breeding of Marbled duck at Tripoli Treatment plant Lagoon (32° 83′ 55 N, 13° 16′ 09 E). They observed an adult swimming with a chick (picture below). This finding confirms the breeding of Marbled Duck in Libya as being probably regular or at least occasional. Moreover, the breeding of this species in some other sites such as Tawergha complex, Al-Hammam wetland in Houne and some dams (e.g. Wadi Ka’am dam and Wadi Al-mjenin dam) is possible”.

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 / Libyan Society for Birds)

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