Tag Archives: Accipitridae

Second record of Wahlberg’s Eagle for the Western Palearctic

Wahlberg’s Eagle (Hieraaetus wahlbergi) is an African raptor distributed south of the Sahara (map below). While it’s an intra-African migrant, movements north of the range are very rare. Indeed, the first Western Palearctic record was obtained only on 3 May 2013: a bird photographed by Ahmed Waheed on the west coast of Gulf of Suez,… Read More »

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

The former breeding range of Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) in Morocco was much larger; however the known breeding areas in the past few decades are/were much more restricted as the species has already disappeared from the majority of the country by the 1980s. Here is a quote from Vernon et al. (2005): “Now almost restricted… Read More »

Spanish Imperial Eagle at Jbel Moussa

A Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) was photographed just south of Jbel Moussa on 27 April 2016 by Rachid El Khamlichi. The bird was flying north towards the Strait of Gibraltar when seen. It’s a 2nd calendar-year bird (born in 2015) like the six Spanish Imperial Eagles tracked with GPS-GSM transmitters from Andalusia and which all visited… Read More »

Electrocution of Spanish Imperial, Bonelli’s and Golden eagles at Guelmim

We announced here last month that a satellite-tracked Spanish Imperial Eagles (Aquila adalberti) did not move from a single point located at Guelmim, Morocco and we suspected that it may have been dead (or the transmitter was lost). Our friend Ali Irizi with two technicians (Abdallah Errati and Hicham Loran) from the Forestry Administration (HCEFLCD)… 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 »

Status of Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) in Morocco

The Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus – Gypaète barbu) is extremely rare and considered Critically Endangered in Morocco due mainly to the very small population size, restricted range and the ongoing threats from poisoning and disturbance from different sources (Thévenot et al. 2003, Cuzin et al. 2009 – see the ABSTRACT just below photo 2). Here are all… Read More »