Category Archives: Birds of Morocco / Oiseaux du Maroc

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 »

Eleonora’s Falcon colony at Bouknadel is doing well

The Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) is a medium-sized raptor that breeds colonially on steep sea cliffs, islands and islets on the Mediterranean Sea and on the Atlantic Ocean in the Canary Islands and Morocco. The Eleonora’s Falcon winters in Madagascar and start to return to the breeding grounds by the end of April and early… Read More »

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis): a new breeding species for Morocco

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) is widely distributed across Africa south of the Sahara, Madagascar, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East. During the last 30 years, the species has undergone a range expansion across the Middle East where the species now recorded in many countries and has reached as north as Turkey and Georgia. In… Read More »

Breeding of Glossy Ibis in an urban park at Casablanca

Breeding range expansion of the Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) continues in Morocco. After the reproduction of the species at Smir marshes in 2011 and two years later at Merja Fouarat, a new breeding colony is established at Casablanca. The latter colony is found at Parc Sindibad (amusement park located inside the city) by Pierre Beaugé. In… Read More »

The Eurasian Spoonbill at Smir: past, present and future (book article)

“La migración intercontinental de la espátula (Platalea leucorodia)” is the title of the first monograph on the Eurasian Spoonbill published in Spanish. It was edited by the ‘Limes Platalea project’ of the ‘Sociedad Gaditana de Historia Natural’ and published last autumn in Cadiz, Andalusia. Despite the title, the book included articles about different aspects (migration, wintering… Read More »

Breeding range expansion of Black-headed Gull in Morocco

The first proven breeding of Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) in Africa was found at an islet of Barrage Al-Massira in 2002 (Radi et al. 2004; Thévenot et al. 2004). Soon after, the species started to colonise other wetlands in Morocco and some sites in Algeria and Tunisia as well. The following sites is where the… Read More »

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 »