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.

Franklin’s Gull at Merzouga Lake and Olive-backed Pipits at Massa, Morocco

Merzouga is not only known for its great variety of desert birds, but also by its small lake, Dayet Srij. This desert lake in the middle of nowhere can be a real magnet for rare waterbirds (and common birds as well!). A cracking adult Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) observed at this lake yesterday afternoon by… Read More »

Andalusian Buttonquail in Morocco is declining

The last known Andalusian Buttonquail population is declining and its suitable habitats are shrinking according to a study published recently in Global Ecology and Conservation journal. The Common Buttonquail (Turnix sylvaticus) is widely distributed in Africa and South Asia and is currently categorised as ‘Least Concern’ in the IUCN Red List. However, the nominate subspecies… Read More »

Breeding of Golden Nightjar in Western Sahara confirmed

Breeding of Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) at Aousserd finally confirmed. An adult protecting two young found at Oued Chiaf located some 55 km NNW of Aousserd on the evening of 17 March 2019. The breeding was discovered by a German birding group during an organised trip guided by Mohamed Lamine Samlali and other guides. Two… Read More »

First records of Eastern Subalpine Warbler for Morocco

The split of the Subalpine Warbler complex (sensu lato) into three different species (i.e. Moltoni’s, Western and Eastern Subalpine Warblers) was proposed a few years ago. However, the split of the Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina), which is the most divergent of the three, is currently the only widely accepted split. Although the full three-way split… Read More »

Presumed ‘Cinnamon Teal x Shoveler hybrid’ at Merzouga lake, Morocco

A presumed Cinnamon Teal x Shoveler hybrid (Spatula cyanoptera x S. clypeata) photographed at Dayet Srij near Merzouga, south-eastern Morocco. The bird was found by Frieder Klöpfer and Laura Lüdtke on 3 March 2019 and reported by Marc Illa. The desert lake is full of water and birds. About 500 Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) and… Read More »

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. Background The Old World buzzards of the genus Buteo are relatively a young radiation and poorly differentiated genetically. However, they… 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 »