Rare birds in Morocco: 23rd report of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee

By MaghrebOrnitho | 6 February 2018

The 23rd report (for 2017) of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee (MRBC) is just published. In 2017, the MRBC examined 116 new records of which 111 were accepted. These included the first Moroccan records of the following four species and one genus:

  • Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera),
  • Fea’s /Desertas / Zino’s Petrel (Pterodroma feae/deserta/madeira),
  • Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis),
  • Baird’s Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii), and
  • Little Bunting (Emberiza pusilla),

The report included also the 2nd record of Pochard x Ferruginous Duck (Aythya ferina x Aythya nyroca) and White-throated Bee-Eater (Merops albicollis), the 3rd and 4th Baltic of Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus fuscus), the 5th of American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica), the 5th and 6th of Lesser Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina), the 5th to 9th of Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius), the 6th of Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis) and Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis), the 6th to 8th of Pied Crow (Corvus albus), the 7th of Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) and Herring Gull (Larus argentatus), the 8th of Grey-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus), Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) and Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola), the 9th to 18th of Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus).

Also noteworthy are the 10th of Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis), the 12th of Common Loon (Gavia immer), the 14th of Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus), the 14th and 15th of Eurasian Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus), the 15th to 20th of Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus), the 16th of Broad-billed Sandpiper (Calidris falcinellus) and Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis), the 23th and 24th of Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus), the 26th to 28th of Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri), the 27th of Glaucous Gull (Larus  hyperboreus) and Icterine Warbler (Hippolais icterina).

The full report (PDF):

Fareh, M., Maire, B., Laïdi, K., Franchimont, J. & CHM. 2018. Les oiseaux rares au Maroc. Rapport de la Commission d’Homologation Marocaine, Numéro 23 (2017). Go-South Bulletin 15: 25–44.

Golden Nightjar / Engoulevant doré (Caprimulgus eximius), Oued Jenna, Aousserd, 29 April 2017 (Sander Bot).

Golden Nightjar / Engoulevant doré (Caprimulgus eximius), Oued Jenna, Aousserd, 29 April 2017 (Sander Bot).

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