The 20th report of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee has just been published. In 2014, the MRBC examined 109 new records of which 92 were accepted including four species new to Morocco:
- Long-tailed Duck / Harelde boréale (Clangula hyemalis): seen at Oualidia in June 2014. This is also the first record for mainland Africa.
- Upland Sandpiper / Bartramie des champs (Bartramia longicauda): seen near Dakhla in October 2013.
- Senegal Parrot / Youyou du Sénégal (Poicephalus senegalus): seen at Mahammadia since 2011, without a doubt escaped from captivity.
- White-throated Bee-eater / Guêpier à gorge blanche (Merops albicollis): seen at Gleb Jdiane, near Dakhla in December 2013. This is also the first record for the Western Palearctic.
The full report:
Bergier P., Franchimont J. & CHM. (2015). Les oiseaux rares au Maroc. Rapport de la Commission d’Homologation Marocaine, Numéro 20 (2014). Go-South Bulletin 12: 1–23. PDF