Category Archives: Birds of Morocco / Oiseaux du Maroc

Crossbills in North Africa and the Balearics are the most divergent of all Western Palearctic crossbills

Le Bec-croisé du Maghreb (ssp. poliogyna) et des îles Baléares (ssp. balearica) sont les plus différenciés génétiquement de toutes les sous-espèces du Bec-croisé des sapins du Paléarctique occidental. A new study showed that North African and Balearic crossbills are the most genetically divergent among all Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) subspecies in the Western Palearctic. Moreover,… Read More »

Wing-tagging and release of vultures at Jbel Moussa (Cinereous, Rüppell’s & Griffon)

An operation to release some vultures was carried out at Jbel Moussa on 17 August 2018. It was organized by the Forestry Administration (HCEFLCD) in collaboration with a number of national institutions and NGOs. Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus): This bird was found at Khmis Anjra (located at some 30 Km south of the Strait of… Read More »

Breeding of Black-headed Gull at Dayet Dar Bouazza, Morocco

The Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) slowly colonising new sites in Morocco. However, not all these ‘colonies’ are comparable: while some are large enough and stable, others consist only of a few breeding pairs. (But the latter will probably grow if the right conditions are present; for instance, enough immigrants are recruited to the colony during… Read More »

First colour-ringing of Eurasian Spoonbill in Morocco

The nominate subspecies of the Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia leucorodia) is a rare breeder in Africa. Until the installation of a new colony at Oued el-Maleh Dam near Casablanca in 2017, the Smir colony located in the north of Morocco used to be the only breeding colony in Africa. (Though other subspecies breed in the… Read More »

New colony of Eurasian Spoonbill found in Morocco

The Smir colony Since 1994, the Smir heronry hosted the only breeding population of the nominate subspecies of the Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) in Africa (El Agbani et al. 2002; El Khamlichi & Amezian 2015). The multi-species colony hosts also breeding populations of Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) and Little Egret… Read More »

Status of Tawny Eagle in Morocco and vagrancy from sub-Saharan Africa

The former breeding range of Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) in Morocco was much larger; however the known breeding areas in the past few decades are/were much more restricted as the species has already disappeared from the majority of the country by the 1980s. Here is a quote from Vernon et al. (2005): “Now almost restricted… Read More »

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 »