Some rare birds in Morocco and Algeria

By MaghrebOrnitho | 22 January 2018

Here are some rare birds observed recently in Morocco, and an old one in Algeria just discovered from photos.

Brent Goose at Sidi Abed, western Morocco

A Brent Goose (Branta bernicla) photographed on 20 January 2018 at Sidi Abed, one of the best known sites for the Small Buttonquail. The bird was observed by a GREPOM team composed by Rhimou El Hamoumi, Siham El Malki, Latifa Joulami, Hajar Ouahid and Abdeslam Rihane. The bird appears to be from the Central Siberian population (ssp. bernicla). This is the 18th record for Morocco.

Brent Goose / Bernache cravant (Branta bernicla), Sidi Abed, Morocco, 20 Jan. 2018 (Abdeslam Rihane).

Brent Goose / Bernache cravant (Branta bernicla), Sidi Abed, Morocco, 20 Jan. 2018 (Abdeslam Rihane).

Blue-winged Teal at Reghaia Lake, northern Algeria

A male Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) was photographed by ‎Karima Rakem at the Reghaïa Lake, located some 30 Km east of Algeria’s capital on 3 November 2007.

Until 2000, there was only one record compiled in “Birds of Algeria” (a male at Béni Abbès in the centre-west not far from Morocco). This is the second known record of this North American duck for Algeria.

Sarcelle à ailes bleues / Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors), Lac Réghaïa, Algérie, 3 nov. 2007 (Karima Rakem).

Sarcelle à ailes bleues / Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors), Lac Réghaïa, Algérie, 3 nov. 2007 (Karima Rakem).

Blue-winged Teal at Tarfaya, southern Morocco

A male Blue-winged Teal was photographed at the wastewater treatment plant of Tarfaya (27.9234449, -12.9247955) on 6 January 2018 by a GREPOM team composed by Abdeljebbar Qninba, Mohamed Radi and Mohammed-Aziz El Agbani. This is the 26th record for Morocco. The last two records were published respectively in the 20th and 22nd reports of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee.

Sarcelle à ailes bleues / Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors), Tarfaya, Maroc, 6 jan. 2017 (Abdeljebbar Qninba).

Sarcelle à ailes bleues / Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors), Tarfaya, Maroc, 6 jan. 2017 (Abdeljebbar Qninba).

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) flying with Marbled Ducks (Marmaronetta angustirostris), Tarfaya, Morocco, 6 Jan. 2017 (Abdeljebbar Qninba).

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) flying with Marbled Ducks (Marmaronetta angustirostris), Tarfaya, Morocco, 6 Jan. 2017 (Abdeljebbar Qninba).

Possible Allen’s Gallinule at Oued Massa, southern Morocco

On 19 January 2017, Fabian Schneider and co. heard calls consistent with those of Allen’s Gallinule (Porphyrio alleni) at Oued Massa (29.9701430, -9.6587820). Fabian added that they were not 100% sure mainly because of the complexity of the Western Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) calls.

In late December 2014, a young Allen’s Gallinule was photographed at this site.

Spanish Imperial Eagle at Bouznika, western Morocco

We reported earlier about a Spanish Imperial Eagle satellite-tracked from Andalusia (Spain). After travelling half of Morocco and parts of Algeria, this eagle was photographed in late October 2017 at Bouznika by Karim Rousselon.

On 5 January 2018, Karim ‎ photographed another Spanish Imperial Eagle in the same general area of Bouznika, however this time the eagle was not satellite-tagged. It’s difficult to known if this eagle is different or it’s one of the birds that Rachid El Khamlichi photographed last autumn at the Strait of Gibraltar (three non-satellite tacked eagles in total, see their photos in the link).

Spanish Imperial Eagle / Aigle ibérique (Aquila adalberti), Bouznika Morocco, 5 Jan 2018 (Karim Rousselon).

Spanish Imperial Eagle / Aigle ibérique (Aquila adalberti), Bouznika, Morocco, 5 Jan 2018 (Karim Rousselon).

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