Some rare birds in Morocco and Algeria

By MaghrebOrnitho | 22 January 2018

Blue-winged Teal at Reghaia Lake, 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 (photo 1).

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). Since then, no other record is known and this one is most likely the second for the county.

Blue-winged Teal at Tarfaya, 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 (photo 2 & 3). This is the 26th record of this North American bird for Morocco. The last two records were published respectively in the 20th and 22nd reports of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee.

Brent Goose at Sidi Abed, Morocco

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

Spanish Imperial Eagle at Bouznika, Morocco

We reported earlier about a Spanish Imperial Eagle satellite-tracked from Andalusia (Spain) and after traveling half of Morocco and parts of Algeria it 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, this time the eagle was not satellite-tagged. It’s difficult to known if this eagle is different or one of the first-year birds that Rachid El Khamlichi photographed last autumn at the Strait of Gibraltar.

Possible Allen’s Gallinule at Oued Massa, 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.

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).

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).

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).

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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