ABC/BOC/NHM April 2013: Abdulmaula Hamza on Libyan Lesser Crested Terns

London 2013

Talking Naturally was invited to record a series of short interviews at a joint meeting of the African Bird Club, the British Ornithologists Club and the Natural History Museum in London on April 6th 2013.

On a packed but enjoyable day, which included the African Bird Club’s AGM, six guest speakers talked on a range of subjects that encompassed topics from travelling to largely unvisited parts of Africa, an update on the status of the Liben Lark, a report from Libya on the isolated race of Lesser Crested Tern, an insight into work being done to recreate the lost avifuana of the Mascarenes, and a genetic study that promises to overturn the current phylogeny of Africa’s White-eyes (Zosteropidae).

In his talk titled ‘Libyan Lesser Crested Terns – a vulnerable and important populationAbdulmaula Hamza, the ABC’s Libyan representative and a PhD student at Hull University, talked about his work on the endangered emigrata form of Lesser Crested Tern which breeds in just a handful of sites in Libya and winters – presumably – off the West African coast. I’ve interviewed Abdulmaula before, in 2011, and we began our discussion with an update on his work since then.


For a list of the eight interviews recorded at this meeting click here


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