Crossbills in North Africa and the Balearics are the most divergent of all Western Palearctic crossbills

Le Bec-croisé du Maghreb (ssp. poliogyna) et des îles Baléares (ssp. balearica) sont les plus différenciés génétiquement de toutes les sous-espèces du Bec-croisé des sapins du Paléarctique occidental. A new study showed that North African and Balearic crossbills are the most genetically divergent among all Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) subspecies in the Western Palearctic. Moreover,… Read More »

Two Egyptian Vultures released in Italy died: one was shot, the other probably poisoned

Two captive-bred Egyptian Vultures (Neophron percnopterus) released in southern Italy last August died shortly after they started their migration. One bird shot dead by an illegal hunter in western Sicily, while the other died two days after it arrived to Tunisia, probably poisoned. The Egyptian Vulture in Italy: Egyptian Vulture numbers have decreased by more… Read More »

Marsh Owls south of the core breeding area in Morocco

The historical breeding range of Marsh Owl (Asio capensis) in Morocco extended from Tangier to the marshes of Sidi Moussa-Oualidia – and possibly as far south as Chiadma region (Essaouira). While currently the species breed only on coastal area, in the past it bred inland as well (east to around Meknès). Currently, almost the whole… Read More »

Hooded Crows at Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia

Two Hooded Crows (Corvus cornix) photographed at Ichkeul National Park, northern Tunisia on 28 December 2013 (Mohamed El Golli). Mohamed took the photo against the light, and from a distance the birds appeared dark like Common Ravens. The photo was then ignored until discovered in his archive last month. The species is a rarity in… Read More »

Satellite-tracked Montagu’s Harrier found dead in Morocco, probably shot by poachers

Un Busard cendré (Circus pygargus) suivi par balise GPS de la France est trouvé mort au Maroc, probablement abattu par des braconniers. Continuer la lecture au-dessous de la première image. A Montagu’s Harrier satellite-tracked by the Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé and partners in Deux-Sèvres, west of France is found dead in Morocco. The Montagu’s… Read More »

Wing-tagging and release of vultures at Jbel Moussa (Cinereous, Rüppell’s & Griffon)

An operation to release some vultures was carried out at Jbel Moussa on 17 August 2018. It was organized by the Forestry Administration (HCEFLCD) in collaboration with a number of national institutions and NGOs. Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus): This bird was found at Khmis Anjra (located at some 30 Km south of the Strait of… Read More »