Tag Archives: Afrotropical vagrants

Allen’s Gallinule at Tachektent, Dakhla-Aousserd road

An Allen’s Gallinule (Porphyrio alleni) photographed at Tachektent on the Dakhla-Aousserd road yesterday (18 February 2016) by Mohamed Mediani. This is the 11th record for Morocco (the bird photographed by Ali Irizi at Oued Massa on 28 December 2014 and found by Daniel Vrauwdeunt three days later should be counted as one record in my opinion). You see, Aousserd region… Read More »

Namaqua Doves at Safia reserve, Oued Dahab, southern Morocco

A Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) was observed today at Safia reserve, Oued Dahab region by Abdeljebbar Qninba and members of the Association Nature Initiative (photo 4). This is the 5th Moroccan record for this species. Update: On 22 May, A. Qninba sent us an SMS with this information “a second Namaqua Dove with a very small tail… Read More »

First record of White-backed Vulture for Morocco and North Africa

We found a mega Western Palearctic rarity! Yesterday, we reported the observation of a group of 3 Rüppell’s with 38 Griffon vultures at a carcass near Tétouan, northern Morocco. We went back to the site today (25 May), and to our great pleasure we found a White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) with the other birds that… Read More »

First White-throated Bee-eater for the Western Palearctic

A White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) was seen at Gleb Jdiane, Oued Dahab on 5 and 6 December 2013 by Noëlle and Hervé Jacob. This is not only the first record for Morocco, but it’s a first for the Western Palearctic as well. According to the last AERC Western Palearctic list published in December 2012 (Crochet… Read More »

Allen’s Gallinule found dead at Tahaddart, northern Morocco

I found an Allen’s Gallinule (Porphyrio alleni) at Tahaddart estuary, just south of Tangier, on 16 January 2011. Unfortunately it was dead. Field work: That day, I joined a team from the Scientific Institute of Mohammed V University to participate in the annual mid-winter waterbird census in different wetlands of north-west Morocco. Before meeting the… Read More »