The first breeding record of the Hypocolius for Kuwait and Arabia

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The photograph above shows an adult male and female feeding three chicks at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photograph by Khaled Al-Ghanem. The first breeding record for Kuwait and Arabia of the Hypocolius Hypocolius ampelinus was discovered in Kuwait at Jahra Pools Reserve on 30th of June 2014. Two breeding pairs bred in the reserve, produced together five chicks. The first pair was first seen on 30th June with two fledglings by Khaled Al-Ghanem, the manager of the reserve, who then discovered another pair at a stage of nest building, eggs then hatched producing three chicks. The photograph above shows an adult male and female feeding three chicks at Jahra Pools Reserve. Photograph by Khaled Al-Ghanem. The Hypocolius was suspected of breeding in Kuwait when adults are regularly seen in summer in Kuwait. A juvenile of unknown breeding ground was once seen at Jahra Farms a couple of years back. The Hypocolius has a restricted range, being the only member of the genus Hypocolius and the family Hypocoliidae. Kuwait now becomes the sixth country in which this species breeds after Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.

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