Category Archives: Bird Identification

Siberian Stonechat or maurus-like bird, Morocco?

A much whiter Stonechat was briefly seen in northern Morocco while walking through dense shrubs on 4 April 2016. We both spotted the bird because of its whitish appearance, and all the following characteristics were seen in the field: 1) much white on uppertail coverts and rump, 2) large white wing patch, 3) flanks mush… Read More »

Tricky Barbary Falcon with some characteristics of a Peregrine

This falcon was photographed on the cliffs where the Barbary Falcons are known to breed near Rissani, Morocco in mid-April 2015 by David Walsh. The identification of this interesting bird is challenging because it presents the characteristics of both Barbary and Peregrine falcons. Is it an atypical Barbary Falcon with dark head/forehead and large moustaches,… Read More »

Is this a Ruddy Duck x White-headed Duck hybrid?

Abdelhak Elbanak photographed this stiff-tailed duck earlier this month at the lake of Sidi Boughaba which he originally identified as a Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis). But upon looking at the photo more closely, I think it could be a Ruddy Duck x White-headed Duck hybrid. This bird has different characteristics that can be found in… Read More »

Gibraltar buzzard

Interesting news posted by Dick Forsman in his website following his short visit with Javier Elorriaga and Antonio-Roman Muñoz from Fundación Migrés to the Moroccan side of the Strait of Gibraltar this month. The aim of this visit was to study the controversial ‘Gibraltar buzzard’ which occurs in the areas around the Strait. Dick commented:… Read More »

Cape Gull and Great Black-backed Gull at Khnifiss Lagoon

A new paper by Olof Jönsson published in Birding World describes the breeding of a new bird species for Morocco and Africa: the Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus). And equally important for birders, the paper also discusses the status of Cape Gull (Larus dominicanus vetula) at Khnifiss Lagoon and the Western Palearctic. The latter species… Read More »