Breeding of Golden Nightjar at Aousserd and the taxonomic position of the species

Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) is an apparently sedentary sub-Saharan species with a breeding range extending from Senegal and Mauritania to Sudan. Although genetic studies of nightjars and related Caprimulgiformes have been published previously, none has included Golden Nightjar. In this study published in the Ostrich journal (Lawrie et al. 2017), mitochondrial and nuclear DNA of… Read More »

Two new subspecies of Reed Warbler in North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula

Two new subspecies of the Eurasian/African Reed Warbler complex have been added to the avifauna of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula by two studies published in 2016. The first study by Olsson et al. (2016) analysed the phylogeny of the Eurasian/African reed warbler complex (Acrocephalus scirpaceus – A. baeticatus) and found eight distinct lineages… Read More »

Ibis chauve: Zoom sur la dernière population sauvage du Maroc

L’ibis chauve (Geronticus eremita) est une espèce d’oiseau en danger critique d’extinction, du fait de ses faibles effectifs et de son aire de répartition réduite. Aujourd’hui, la dernière population sauvage reproductrice au monde occupe la bande littorale atlantique du sud-ouest marocain, au niveau du Parc National Souss-Massa (PNSM) et des falaises de Tamri. Depuis 1991,… Read More »

صيادون يقتلون النسر الأسمر المحمي بالقانون في شمال المغرب

مرة أخرى النسر الأسمر يقع ضحية صياد جاهل ومغرور. لمذا قتل؟ هل يؤكل كما يؤكل الحجل مثلاً، أم أنه طائر ضار قد أضر بالفلاحة وما إلى ذلك؟ لا ثم لا. هذا الطائر و جميع انواع النسور الاخرى تتغذى على الجيف، أي على العكس تماما تقوم بتنظيف الطبيعة من بقايا الحيوانات الميتة وبهذا تحد من إنتشارالأمراض… Read More »

Birding at Oualidia region

A Great Egret (Grande aigrette – Casmerodius albus) photographed at Sidi Moussa on 19 October 2016 by Ruth Garcia Gorria. In the photo below we can also see (in the foreground) that the wetland is full of waders at the moment. This post will updated regularly with interesting observations from Sidi Moussa-Oualidia wetland complex. Also… Read More »

Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo) at Oran, Algeria

A Demoiselle Crane (Grus virgo) was found by the Civil Protection personal at the port of Oran, western Algeria in January 2016. It was taken to the Oran section of the Forest Conservation Service where it was helped to recover its strength. In mid-February, it was released in a daya (intermittent wetland) where some individuals… Read More »