Category Archives: Breeding birds

Ibis chauve: Zoom sur la dernière population sauvage du Maroc

L’ibis chauve (Geronticus eremita) est une espèce d’oiseau en danger critique d’extinction, du fait de ses faibles effectifs et de son aire de répartition réduite. Aujourd’hui, la dernière population sauvage reproductrice au monde occupe la bande littorale atlantique du sud-ouest marocain, au niveau du Parc National Souss-Massa (PNSM) et des falaises de Tamri. Depuis 1991,… Read More »

Record breeding year for Eleonora’s Falcon at Mogador islands: 1217 nests

A recent census of the breeding population of the Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) at Essaouira archipelago carried out by members of GREPOM led by Prof Abdeljebbar Qninba has shown once more the healthy status of this population. The census was carried out in the framework of PIM-Initiative, launched jointly by the Morocco’s Forestry Administration (HCEFLCD)… Read More »

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis): a new breeding species for Morocco

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) is widely distributed across Africa south of the Sahara, Madagascar, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East. During the last 30 years, the species has undergone a range expansion across the Middle East where the species now recorded in many countries and has reached as north as Turkey and Georgia. In… Read More »

The Eurasian Spoonbill at Smir: past, present and future (book article)

“La migración intercontinental de la espátula (Platalea leucorodia)” is the title of the first monograph on the Eurasian Spoonbill published in Spanish. It was edited by the ‘Limes Platalea project’ of the ‘Sociedad Gaditana de Historia Natural’ and published last autumn in Cadiz, Andalusia. Despite the title, the book included articles about different aspects (migration, wintering… Read More »

Black-headed Gull breeding range expansion

First breeding record of Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) in Africa was found at an islet of Barrage Al-Massira in 2002 (Radi et al. 2004; Thévenot et al. 2004). Since then, the species has colonised many other wetlands in Morocco, Algeria and in Tunisia. L’expansion de l’aire de reproduction de la Mouette rieuse au Maroc. Nous… Read More »

Significant population of Egyptian Vulture found in Morocco

Recent observations of the globally endangered Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus) in Morocco become so rare that some authors considered the species on the verge of local extinction as a breeding species. In this context, the observation of 4 birds in spring 2013 and a successful breeding pair near the Tazekka National Park were received with excitement among the… Read More »

Prey availability and electricity pylons: a lethal mix for eagles

Guelmim region is one of the most frequented areas by dispersing/wintering young Spanish Imperial Eagles (Aquila adalberti) in Morocco. In this region, they share the space and the resources with another Mediterranean raptor, the Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata) which is abundant in this area outside the breeding season. The first two photos show a Bonelli’s… Read More »

Winter breeding by Cream-coloured Coursers is more common than previously reported

Until the end of the 20th century there were only limited numbers of autumn-winter breeding records of the Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius cursor). With the exception of Cape Verde, all these mentions of winter breeding are outside the Western Palearctic (as defined in the BWP) and the Arabian Peninsula including Socotra Islands. In a recent paper… Read More »

Bearded Vulture at Jbel Toubkal, High Atlas

Un jeune Gypaète barbu (Gypaetus barbatus) photographié prés de Jbel Toubkal, Haut Atlas.Hier, notre collègue Ali Irizi a eu une rencontre spéciale avec un jeune Gypaète barbu quand ces excellentes photos ont été prises (probablement parmi les meilleures photos de l’espèce prises au Maroc récemment). L’oiseau a été observé dans le versant sud du Jbel… Read More »

Monitoring breeding of Eleonora’s Falcon at Essaouira archipelago

A team of ornithologists of GREPOM/BirdLife Morocco shouldered by the local team of the Hight Commission for Water, Forestry and Desertification Control (HCEFLCD) and supported by the PIM Initiative (Mediterranean Small Islands Initiative) visited the archipelago of Essaouira (Mogador) in late July to monitor the reproduction of the local population of the Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae). During… Read More »

New heronry found at Dayet Erroumi

A new multi-species heronry was found at Dayet Erroumi this season by Abdelhak Elbanak. It is situated in about two hundred Eucalyptus trees at the western edge of the lake. The heronry is composed of the following three species: Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) and Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax). Nests of the Cattle… Read More »