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 »

Allen’s Gallinule at Oued Massa, Morocco

A juvenile Allen’s Gallinule (Porphyrio alleni) found and photographed at Oued Massa by my friend Ali Irizi yesterday morning (coordinates: 29.9998708, -9.6443939). It’s wonderful to finish a birding year with such a rarity. Importantly, the bird was found alive which is much better that the dead one I found a few years ago at Tahaddart… 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 observed at ‘Gleb Jdiane’, Oued Dahab, on 5 and 6 December 2013 by Noëlle and Hervé Jacob (see below a short video). This would be the first record for Morocco if accepted by the MRBC. There was no previous observation of White-throated Bee-eater in the Western Palearctic, so this… 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 »