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New insights into the occurrence of Penduline Tits in Azerbaijan published

The latest Sandgrouse issue contains an article about the occurrence of Caspian and Black-headed Penduline Tits in Azerbaijan by Michael Heiß and Christoph Himmel: https://osme.org/sandgrouse/sandgrouse-44-1/

Titel: Recent status of Caspian Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus caspius and Black-headed Penduline Tit Remiz (pendulinus) macronyx in Azerbaijan.

Summary: Caspian Penduline Tit and Black-headed Penduline Tit are known from the literature to occur in Azerbaijan. Neither has been reported for decades, but a sudden increase in sightings of Caspian Penduline Tits in 2019 might suggest an irruptive migratory influx to Azerbaijan. The status of Black-headed Penduline Tit remains unclear.

The idea and some basic results came from this very enjoyable trip that included several sightings of the magnificent and little-known Caspian Penduline Tit:

Caspian Penduline Tit at Absheron peninsula © Michael Heiß

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