Category Archives: Birds of Morocco / Oiseaux du Maroc

Northern Bald Ibis at Larache, northern Morocco

Two Northern Bald Ibises (Geronticus eremita) were photographed yesterday at Larache, northern Morocco by Moroccan birder Imad Yassine. The birds were not ringed, so they are either from the Moroccan population or from the introduced population in southern Spain (if they have some birds not ringed?). The Moroccan breeding colonies at Tamri and Souss-Massa National… Read More »

Egyptian Nightjars in the breeding areas in February

We received two recent sightings of Egyptian Nightjars (Caprimulgus aegyptius) in this February from two Moroccan birding hotspots: Aousserd in Western Sahara and Merzouga in Eastern Sahara. The first bird was seen at Laglat/Derraman near Oued Jenna on 18 February by Javier Elorriaga/Birding the Strait. Javier, who was with Yeray Seminario, added that an unidentified nightjar… Read More »

Prey availability and electricity pylons: a lethal mix for eagles

Guelmim region is one of the most frequented areas by dispersing/wintering young Spanish Imperial Eagles (Aquila adalberti) in Morocco. In this region, they share the space and the resources with another Mediterranean raptor, the Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata) which is abundant in this area outside the breeding season. The first two photos show a Bonelli’s… Read More »

House Bunting at Jbel Moussa, is the Iberian Peninsula next?

The House Bunting (Emberiza sahari) colonised Tangier since at least a decade ago and now is abundant in many parts of this big city. Then it colonised Tétouan since at least 2010. Now it moved to the countryside. Yesterday, Rachid El Khamlichi took a quick photo of one bird at Jbel Moussa. Taking into account the… Read More »

Tricky Barbary Falcon with some characteristics of a Peregrine

This falcon was photographed on the cliffs where the Barbary Falcons are known to breed near Rissani, Morocco in mid-April 2015 by David Walsh. The identification of this interesting bird is challenging because it presents the characteristics of both Barbary and Peregrine falcons. Is it an atypical Barbary Falcon with dark head/forehead and large moustaches,… Read More »

Bearded Vulture at Jbel Toubkal, High Atlas

Un jeune Gypaète barbu (Gypaetus barbatus) photographié prés de Jbel Toubkal, Haut Atlas.Hier, notre collègue Ali Irizi a eu une rencontre spéciale avec un jeune Gypaète barbu quand ces excellentes photos ont été prises (probablement parmi les meilleures photos de l’espèce prises au Maroc récemment). L’oiseau a été observé dans le versant sud du Jbel… Read More »

Monitoring breeding of Eleonora’s Falcon at Essaouira archipelago

A team of ornithologists of GREPOM/BirdLife Morocco shouldered by the local team of the Hight Commission for Water, Forestry and Desertification Control (HCEFLCD) and supported by the PIM Initiative (Mediterranean Small Islands Initiative) visited the archipelago of Essaouira (Mogador) in late July to monitor the reproduction of the local population of the Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae). During… Read More »

Good breeding season (2013) at Smir heronry

This breeding season (2013) was good at Smir heronry compared with the last year (2012) when at least the Glossy Ibis has most likely failed to nest because of disturbance. There was much less disturbance this year (probably because of the sensitisation of the gardeners done last year), and all species returned to breed in the… Read More »

New heronry found at Dayet Erroumi

A new multi-species heronry was found at Dayet Erroumi this season by Abdelhak Elbanak. It is situated in about two hundred Eucalyptus trees at the western edge of the lake. The heronry is composed of the following three species: Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) and Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax). Nests of the Cattle… Read More »