Bird ID

Page for ID questions and confirmations. Thanks for your help!

Mystery bird:

Rachid photographed this bird just after crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, northern Morocco on 10 November 2017. In the field he noted the huge size of the bird and that it was not marked (it was very high and there were vultures arriving). At home, its identification proved to be a challenge. When Rachid shared the photos with some friends and colleagues, the opinions were divergent and the following suggestions were proposed by different people: juvenile Bearded Vulture, Common Raven and Turkey Vulture. I should add that Rachid said it’s absolutely not a Raven because of the bird’ size.

The mystery bird was photographed just after reaching Morocco, 10 Nov. 2017 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

 

Duck

Spatula duck with blue wings which the photographer thinks it’s a Cape Shoveller (Spatula smithii). I think it’s more likely a Northern Shoveller. Update: it’s indeed a Northern Shoveller (thanks for the comments in email and in birdforum)

Spatula duck with blue wings, photographed at Oualidia lagoon, Morocco, Nov. 2017 (Abdelhak Fahmi)

Spatula duck with blue wings, photographed at Oualidia lagoon, Morocco, Nov. 2017 (Abdelhak Fahmi).

Blue-crowned Parakeet

This species never seen in the wild in Morocco before. The bird photographed at Tangier where another South American parakeet is already breeding at 2 different places. I think the observer correctly identified the bird, but some think it’s a different species. Update: The ID is correct (again thanks for the commenters).

Blue-crowned Parakeet (Thectocercus acuticaudatus), Tangier, Morocco (Bilal Atar Aouladhi‎)

Blue-crowned Parakeet (Thectocercus acuticaudatus), Tangier, Morocco (Bilal Atar Aouladhi‎)

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