Autumn breeding by Black-bellied Sandgrouse and Laughing Dove in North Africa

Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis): A clutch of two eggs of the Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Ganga unibande) was photographed two day ago near Oued Massa, Tiznit region, southern Morocco by Mohamed Bargache. Available data up to early 2000s as summarized by Thévenot et al. (2003): egg-lying in Morocco is usually from end April to June, sometimes later… Read More »

Record breeding year for Eleonora’s Falcon at Mogador islands: 1217 nests

A recent census of the breeding population of the Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) at Essaouira archipelago carried out by members of GREPOM led by Prof Abdeljebbar Qninba has shown once more the healthy status of this population. The census was carried out in the framework of PIM-Initiative, launched jointly by the Morocco’s Forestry Administration (HCEFLCD)… Read More »

Identification de la mortalité des rapaces par électrocution au Maroc (rapport)

En octobre 2015, trois Aigles ibériques électrocutés ont été retrouvés dans la région de Guelmim, au sud-ouest du Maroc. C’était grâce à un aigle muni d’un émetteur satellitaire que ces oiseaux ont été repérés par Ali Irizi et deux agents des Eaux et Forêts (HCEFLCD). Cet Aigle ibérique est l’un des six oiseaux munis par d’émetteurs… Read More »

Pharaoh Eagle-Owl exhibited for tourists at Marrakech

A Pharaoh Eagle-Owl (Bubo ascalaphus) exhibited for tourists at Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakech reported by Brahim Bakass on 17 April 2016 (photos 1 & 2). Brahim who was displeased by the show sarcastically commented “this is how we apply the laws protecting wildlife”. On 13 May, Halima Bousadik noted that the owl still exhibited at the… Read More »

Large group of vultures at Jbel Moussa: Cinereous, Egyptian, Rüppell’s and Griffon vultures

The bad weather condition that dominates the Strait of Gibraltar in these days has forced (again) migrating vultures to prolong their stay in the area of Jbel Moussa white awaiting the conditions to improve. In this context, Rachid El Khamlichi observed on 7 May 2016 a large concentration of these vultures at the roosting sites… Read More »