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.

New Spoonbill colony discovered in Morocco

The Smir colony Since 1994, the Smir heronry hosted the only breeding population of the nominate subspecies of the Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) in Africa (El Agbani et al. 2002; El Khamlichi & Amezian 2015). The multi-species colony hosts also breeding populations of Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) and Little Egret… Read More »

Rare birds in Morocco: 23rd report of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee

The 23rd report (for 2017) of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee (MRBC) is just published. In 2017, the MRBC examined 116 new records of which 111 were accepted. These included the first Moroccan records of the following four species and one genus: Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera), Fea’s/Desertas/Zino’s Petrel (Pterodroma feae/deserta/madeira), Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis), Baird’s… Read More »

Status of Tawny Eagle in Morocco and vagrancy from sub-Saharan Africa

The Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) in Morocco is very rare and endangered to say the least. There are no known breeding pairs since more than two decades. And even sightings of single birds are becoming increasingly rare. The former breeding range of Tawny Eagle in Morocco was much larger, however the known breeding areas in the… Read More »

Goosander at Oued Loukkos, Morocco

A female Goosander (Mergus merganser) photographed yesterday at Oued Loukkos, Larache (Benoit Maire, Sabine Zègres and others). This is the sixth record for Morocco. The last time observed in Morocco was almost 30 years ago in February 1988 (in ‘Birds of Morocco’- Thévenot et al. 2003). The second photo is reminiscent of this Little Grebe… Read More »

New Northern Bald Ibis breeding sites discovered in Morocco

The breeding of Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) at the last viable wild colonies in southern Morocco during the last few years has been exceptional. The productivity ranged between 1 and 1.7 fledged chicks per breeding pair, and the overall population has been steadily increasing. However, this increase of population size is much slower than… Read More »