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For the first time in Hungary, a species of sparrows was spotted

A thick, yellow-billed bird rising from the road caught the attention of Tibor Bardus, leader of the conservation area, on May 10, 2021, while walking on the outskirts of Akashtu. The bird climbed onto a nearby acacia tree, so it could be observed and photographed closely. It turns out that the desert sparrow hornet (Bucanetes githagineus) came to mind. The species is now discovered for the first time in Hungary, so if the Hungarian Nomenclature Committee accepts the data as well, we can officially say that a new species has been added to the Hungarian Species List.

The desert hornbill has its origin in Spain, the Canary Islands, North Africa, East and Central Asia. It did arrive in Northern Europe while wandering, but is not yet recognized in the Carpathian Basin.

The bird has a body length of 12.5-15 cm, and a body weight of 16-25 grams. It feeds on seeds, buds and buds. Its stock is considered stable and listed as a non-endangered species on the IUCN Red List.

Desert hornbill (Bucanetes githagineus). Photo: Tibor BardusSource: https://www.knp.hu/hu/hirek/eloszor-eszleltek-hazankban-egy-pintyfajt-262

The hen that was observed in the Hanger appeared for two minutes and then flew to a nearby vineyard. Since then, many birds have been searching for it, but it never crosses her mind again.

(Source: Kiskunság National Park)

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