A White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis – Guêpier à gorge blanche) was seen at Gleb Jdiane, Oued Dahab on 5 and 6 December 2013 by Noëlle and Hervé Jacob. This is not only the first record for Morocco, but it’s a first for the Western Palearctic as well. According to the last AERC Western Palearctic list published in December 2012 (Crochet & Joynt 2012), there were only three species of bee-eaters in the Western Paleactic list and the White-throated Bee-eater was not one of them.
This region proves once again that it’s one of the best birding hotspots in the Westen Palearctic region. Species such as Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Cricket Warbler (Spiloptila clamans), African Dunn’s Lark (Eremalauda dunni dunni) and many other Saharan/North African resident specialities can be seen here.
Crochet P.-A. & Joynt G. (2012). AERC list of Western Palearctic birds. December 2012 version. Available at http://www.aerc.eu/tac.htm
Below is a video footage by Noëlle and Hervé Jacob.
The record was accepted by the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee in its 20th report (for 2014).