Category Archives: Birds of Morocco

Rare birds in Morocco, birding news, ornithological studies and reports,…etc. In short, everything about birds and birding in Morocco is filed under this category.

American waders at Dar Bouazza wetland, Morocco

Two Nearctic waders reported at Dayet Dar Bouazza, near Casablanca, during the last few days. Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) Benoît Maire and his colleagues found this bird on 29 September 2019. This would be the 17th record for Morocco if accepted by the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee (MRBC). The bird stayed at the site at… Read More »

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 »

First breeding of Great Spotted Cuckoo in Morocco north of the Atlas Mountains

The Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) is widespread in southern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. The breeding of the species in North Africa is, however, far less common. The first breeding of the species in Morocco was recorded only in 1990 near Taroudant in Souss region (Maumary & Dupperex 1991). And currently, the species breeds regularly… Read More »

Moltoni’s Warbler in Morocco, Terek Sandpiper in Tunisia and other rarities

Moltoni’s Warbler, Franklin’s Gull, Lesser Flamingo and African Dunn’s Lark in Morocco, plus Terek Sandpiper in Tunisia. Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina) A bird was captured and ringed at Merzouga Ringing Station, Morocco, on 18 April 2019 (Marc Illa and his co-workers). Only four records have been accepted by the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee, so this… Read More »

Yellow-browed Warbler at Merzouga, Morocco

A Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) caught and ringed at Merzouga Ringing Station yesterday. As with the recent presumed hybrid Collared X Pied Flycatcher, it was ringed by Marc Illa and his co-workers. Marc added in an email that “The bird had some fat, indicating probably a long flight, so perhaps coming from south of the… Read More »