Category Archives: Introduced species

Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) at Marrakech

Two Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) seen at Palmeraie Marrakech since at least October 2014 by Stephane Abtan. They were seen also in November 2014 (photo 1) and in January 2015. In March, they were observed there again by Benoît Maire and Brahim Bakass. Probably nesting locally. Last February, a breeding colony of this invasive species was found breeding… Read More »

Parrots in the gardens of Mohammedia

Some feral parrots observed in the gardens and parks of Mohammedia, Morocco: Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus): A group of eight Senegal Parrots  is frequently observed since mid-2011 in the gardens of Mohammedia. They probably escaped from captivity, but their numbers implies that they may breed locally. Will they manage to establish a breeding population or… Read More »

The return of the White-headed Duck as a breeding species

The endangered White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) went extinct as a breeding species in Morocco in the early 20th century, since then it has been a mere accidental visitor. The Spanish population has also decreased dramatically between the 1950s and 1970s (just 22 birds in 1977). However, the population in Spain has since recovered and increased to over 2500… Read More »