Category Archives: Birding Morocco

First record of Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) for Morocco

During one of his marine surveys off the Moroccan coast, Andy Williams photographed a Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) flying c. 30 km off Agadir on 23 March 2013. However, he could not get access to the photos from the trip for a long time until last summer (see Andy’s comment below). The ‘WP reports’ (Ławicki &… Read More »

First record of Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) for Morocco

On 18 May 2017, Rachid observed an immature Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) at Jbel Moussa. The bird was migrating northward along with Short-toed Snake Eagles (Circaetus gallicus) and Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) at an altitude of about 1500 m. This is the first record for Morocco. In the Maghreb, the species was previously recorded in… Read More »

Rare birds in Morocco: 22nd report of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee

The 22nd report of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee (MRBC) was published last May. In 2016, the MRBC examined 117 new records of which 99 were accepted. These included the first Moroccan record of Lesser x Greater Spotted Eagle (Clanga pomarina x Clanga clanga), the second of both Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) and Masked Booby… Read More »

Pied Crow (Corvus albus) near Rabat

A Pied Crow (Corvus albus) was photographed at Oum Azza, south-east of Rabat on 1 May 2017 by Petteri Lehikoinen and his group. The coordinates of the ‘village’ are: 33.8808333, -6.7858333 Since most of the birds seen in other regions are/were long-time residents, I think counting the localities where the species has been recorded is… Read More »

Lesser Scaup (Petit fuligule) at Barrage El-Mansour Eddahbi, Ouarzazate

A Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) photographed at Barrage El-Mansour Eddahbi, Ouarzazate, on 18 March 2017 by Chris Townend during his Wise Birding tour to Morocco. It’s the 7th record for Morocco.   Une Fuligule à tête noire (appelée aussi Petit fuligule selon Wikipedia) photographiée au Barrage El-Mansour Eddahbi le 18 mars par Chris Townend.  C’est… Read More »