Jbel Moussa: vultures and Barbary macaques (photos)

By | 30 May 2015

Jbel Moussa is known as a good point for observing bird migration crossing the Strait of Gibraltar between Africa and Europe. But it’s also known for its colony of the endangered Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus). These photos captured yesterday by Rachid El Khamlichi show the macaques with their newborn babies, and vultures resting, flying, and roosting at Jbel Moussa (see the vultures below the macaques). Enjoy!

Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus): mother watching out and its baby.
Barbary macaques: parents with babies on the back feeding on the steep rocks of Jbel Moussa.
Barbary macaques feeding and the newborn baby learning!
Baby Barbary macaque on the back of its parent.
Barbary macaque enjoying wild fruits. Disfrutando de los frutos salvajes.

Migratory vultures at Jbel Moussa:

About 3 weeks ago (8 May), we shared with you where the vultures are drinking and bathing using camera trap. Then shared photos captured also by camera trap of Rüppell’s and Griffon vultures feeding at a carcass. Now, the easier part: where they rest and roost and what they do during their stopover at Jbel Moussa.

Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvues) resting at Jbel Moussa
La convivencia! Vultures and the local cows at Jbel Moussa.
Griffon Vultures flying, Jbel Moussa
Griffon Vulture flying in front of the cliff wall at Jbel Moussa.
Griffon Vulture landing.
Subadult Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus).
Immature Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) with a Griffon.

Resident birds:

Black-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra senegalus) is very common here. And there is a little surprise of a local bird not seen here since decades, it’s the Levaillant’s Woodpecker. A nest of this species was found near Jbel Moussa on 25 May 2015. See this short note:

El Khamlichi, R., & Sarrión Salado, J. A. 2015. Nouveau cas de reproduction du Pic de Levaillant (Picus vaillantii) au Jbel Moussa, Tangérois. Go-South Bull. 12: 55–56.

Red-billed Chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax).
Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) busy collecting food for the young.


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