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.

North African Buzzard is not a Long-legged but an allospecies of Common Buzzard

The Atlas Long-legged Buzzard is more closely related to Common Buzzard than to Long-legged Buzzard according to a new study. The taxon cirtensis should be treated therefore as an allospecies of the Common Buzzard superspecies. La Buse du Maghreb est une alloespèce de la Buse variable Selon cette étude, la Buse du Maghreb (cirtensis) est… Read More »

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 »

Four Richard’s Pipits and an 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 and Balearic crossbills are the most divergent of all West Palearctic crossbills

North African and Balearic crossbills are the most genetically divergent among all Common Crossbill subspecies in the Western Palearctic according to a new study. This divergence is even greater than between the Common and Parrot crossbills. Parmi toutes les sous-espèces du Bec-croisé des sapins (Loxia curvirostra) dans le Paléarctique occidental, le Bec-croisé du Maghreb (ssp.… 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 »