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Publication number 70. Stichting WIWO

Title: Spoonbill count on the Banc d'Arguin, Mauritania, January 2000
Author(s): Otto Overdijk, Claudine de le Court and Abou Gueye
Publication date: January 2001


Western Africa is an important area for Eurasion Spoonbills Platalea leucorodia leucorodia and the subspecies the Mauritanian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia balsaci. Large numbers are found in the delta of the Senegal-river (border of Senegal and Mauritania) and in the Parc National du Banc d'Arguin (Mauritania).

The Parc national du Banc d'Arguin (PNBA) is an area with islands surrounded by tidal flats with seagrass, shallow inshore waters, bordering the Sahara Desert on the Atlantic coast of Mauritania. The PNBA is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it covers an area of nearly 12.000 km². In winter over 2.000.000 waders and watergirds are found in the PNBA and it is therefore one of the most important wintering sites for palearctic waterbirds.

In this report the results are presented of the fourth Spoonbill count in PNBA, carried out in January 2000. Similar counts were carried out in the winters of 1997, 1998 and 1999.

The report contains:
  • Full text in both English and French
  • Methods &Results
  • Recommendations
  • Appendix with training of counterparts, arrival of Spoonbills on high-tide roost Arel in relation to tide, list of other bird species, observations of Jackals and Dorcas and Itinerary.