Category Archives: Bird Migration & Dispersion

Articles about bird migration, wintering and dispersion in Northwest Africa and adjacent areas.

Cape Verde Shearwater in the Canary Islands and Morocco

The Cape Verde Shearwater (Calonectris edwardsii), as its name may suggests, is an endemic breeder to Cape Verde islands, and winters mainly in South Atlantic off South America (González-Solís et al. 2009). The species rarely ventures north of its breeding areas (or so we thought!). During the breading season, Cape Verde Shearwaters also frequently visit… Read More »

Finnish Pallid Harrier wintered in Morocco in a rich, yet dangerous area

A Pallid Harrier satellite-tracked from Finland spent the winter in the Guelmim region, southern Morocco. The region is very rich in preys but also very dangerous for raptors because of electrocution. This is the first proven wintering record of Pallid Harrier in Morocco. Westward expansion of the Pallid Harrier Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) breeds in… Read More »

Spanish Imperial Eagle in Andalusia in 2018 & the first satellite-tagged bird in Morocco

The Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) in Andalusia is doing very well. The breeding population of the species once again exceeded its maximum historical record and expands through the Betic mountain range. With this population increase in Andalusia and the Iberian Peninsula in general, an increasing number of immature Spanish Imperial Eagles visit Morocco to… Read More »

Four Richard’s Pipits and an Olive-backed Pipit in Morocco

At least four Richard’s Pipits (Anthus richardi) at Dayet Dar Bouazza, and an Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) at an urban park in Rabat. While both Asian pipit species are rare in Morocco, the former is much more regular and even winters in small numbers at some sites, the latter is much rarer. Richard’s Pipit On… Read More »

Non-juvenile Cinereous Vulture and Yellow-browed Warbler, Morocco

Some recent interesting observations in Morocco: A Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) at the centre of Morocco’s capital. This would be the 19th record for Morocco. The founder of the bird, Pedro Fernandes, said in an email: I finally managed to record the Yellow-browed Warbler at the Jardin d’Essais in Rabat. The bird was first detected… Read More »

Autumn bird migration at the Strait of Gibraltar by Migres Foundation

The autumn migration through the Strait of Gibraltar is over for the majority of soaring birds. The Griffon Vulture is an exception, because its southward migration starts much later – from mid-October and peaking in November. Some rare birds can also migrate late. Read this: “4 Cinereous Vultures, 2700 Griffon Vultures and a Spanish Imperial… Read More »

Two Egyptian Vultures released in Italy shot and poisoned during migration

Two captive-bred Egyptian Vultures (Neophron percnopterus) released in southern Italy last August died shortly after they started their migration. One bird shot dead by an illegal hunter in western Sicily, while the other died two days after it arrived to Tunisia, probably poisoned. The Egyptian Vulture in Italy: Egyptian Vulture numbers have decreased by more… Read More »

Migration of rare vultures at Jbel Moussa, spring 2018

At the Strait of Gibraltar, some birds are still migrating northward as late as August or even September in some extreme cases (see one of these under the Rüppell’s Vulture text here). However, the northward migration, for all intents and purposes, is over by the end of July (see for example, Garcia & Bensusan 2006).… Read More »

First record of Cinereous Vulture for The Gambia

Until recently, the Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) was considered as an accidental visitor to Morocco (and Northwest Africa in general). But now it’s actually a regular migrant and wintering species in small numbers. Movements of the species across the Sahara to West Africa are even rarer, but nevertheless, a few birds have reached sub-Saharan Africa… Read More »