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.

Record breeding season for Northern Bald Ibis in Morocco

Another successful breeding season for the last wild population of Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita). The Northern Bald Ibis population in Morocco had yet another good breeding season in 2018 despite the adverse weather conditions during the chick rearing period. The breeding population in the two colonies of Souss-Massa National Park and Tamri has reached… Read More »

Wintering Richard’s Pipits and Olive-backed Pipit in Morocco

At least four Richard’s Pipits (Anthus richardi) at Dayet Dar Bouazza, and an Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) at an urban park in Rabat. While both Asian pipit species are rare in Morocco, the former is much more regular and even winters in small numbers at some sites, the latter is much rarer. Richard’s Pipit On… Read More »

Atlas Crossbill and Balearic Crossbill are the most divergent of all Western Palearctic crossbills

North African and Balearic crossbills are the most genetically divergent among all Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) subspecies in the Western Palearctic according to a new study. Moreover, this divergence is even greater than the divergence between the Common and Parrot crossbills (Loxia pytyopsittacus). Le Bec-croisé du Maghreb (ssp. poliogyna) et des îles Baléares (ssp. balearica)… 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 »