Tag Archives: Anatidae

Goosander (Mergus merganser) at Oued Loukkos

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 »

First record of Long-tailed Duck for Morocco and Africa

A female Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) was found and photographed on the lagoons just northeast of Oualidia on 5-6 June 2014. The bird was found by Bart Brieffies that was in a Birdfinders trip that included eight birders from four European nations. This is the first Moroccan record of the Long-tailed Duck and “may well… Read More »

Is this a Ruddy Duck x White-headed Duck hybrid?

Abdelhak Elbanak photographed this stiff-tailed duck earlier this month at the lake of Sidi Boughaba which he originally identified as a Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis). But upon looking at the photo more closely, I think it could be a Ruddy Duck x White-headed Duck hybrid. This bird has different characteristics that can be found in… Read More »

The return of the White-headed Duck as a breeding species

The endangered White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) went extinct as a breeding species in Morocco in the early 20th century, since then it has been a mere accidental visitor. The Spanish population has also decreased dramatically between the 1950s and 1970s (just 22 birds in 1977). However, the population in Spain has since recovered and increased to over 2500… Read More »