Tag Archives: Falconidae

Record breeding year for Eleonora’s Falcon at Mogador islands: 1217 nests

A recent census of the breeding population of the Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) at Essaouira archipelago carried out by members of GREPOM led by Prof Abdeljebbar Qninba has shown once more the healthy status of this population. The census was carried out in the framework of PIM-Initiative, launched jointly by the Morocco’s Forestry Administration (HCEFLCD)… Read More »

Eleonora’s Falcons keep or imprison their prey alive

Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) is mainly insectivorous outside the breeding season. During the this season, which is very late (from July to October) as an adaptation to coincide with autumnal bird migration, both adults and chicks consume migrating birds (mainly passerines but also small non-passerines like Hoopoe and swifts) that fly through Mediterranean islands and… Read More »

Tricky Barbary Falcon with some characteristics of a Peregrine

This falcon was photographed on the cliffs where the Barbary Falcons are known to breed near Rissani, Morocco in mid-April 2015 by David Walsh. The identification of this interesting bird is challenging because it presents the characteristics of both Barbary and Peregrine falcons. Is it an atypical Barbary Falcon with dark head/forehead and large moustaches,… Read More »

Monitoring breeding of Eleonora’s Falcon at Essaouira archipelago

A team of ornithologists of GREPOM/BirdLife Morocco shouldered by the local team of the Hight Commission for Water, Forestry and Desertification Control (HCEFLCD) and supported by the PIM Initiative (Mediterranean Small Islands Initiative) visited the archipelago of Essaouira (Mogador) in late July to monitor the reproduction of the local population of the Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae). During… Read More »

Barbary Falcon plumage variation in the Canary Islands

An article about variation of plumage coloration of Barbary Falcons in the Canary Islands has been published recently in the Bulletin of British Ornithologists’ Club. This paper has implications for Moroccan and North African birds as well, e.g. hybrids – both natural and those related to escaped falconry birds, the ‘atlantis’ form of the Peregrine… Read More »