Big year for Yellow-browed Warbler in Morocco

By | 12 November 2013

During a short birding visit to eastern Morocco, at least 5 Yellow-browed Warblers (Phylloscopus inornatus, Pouillot à grands sourcils) have been found by GOMAC members Benoît Maire, Karim Laidi, Alain Mathurin and others:- 1 bird at Bni Guil, Figuig on 3 November 2013. GPS location and 2 photos in

– 3 birds at Abbou Lakhal, Figuig near the Algerian border on 5 November. GPS location and a photo (copied below) in

– 1 bird at Mrija, Jrada on 6 November. GPS location in

This is by far the best year for Yellow-browed Warbler in Morocco. According to the data gathered in the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee reports (MRBC), there were only 5 known previous records of the species in Morocco.

This proves that, except the famous birding destinations (Merzouga, Aousserd, Merja Zerga…), large parts of Morocco are not adequately explored and still hide some curiosities. So please keep your eyes open for these little birds for the rest of this autumn and for the next years.

Happy birding.


Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus), Figuig
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus), Figuig, eastern Morocco (Benoît Maire)
Thanks to the whole group for these excellent records, and to Benoît for using his photo here.

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