Tag Archives: first records

Articles about the first records of different bird species for Morocco, Algeria or Tunisia (and occasionally for adjacent countries as well).

First record of Steppe Eagle for Morocco

On 18 May 2017, Rachid observed an immature Steppe Eagle (Aquila nipalensis) at Jbel Moussa. The bird was migrating northward along with Short-toed Snake Eagles (Circaetus gallicus) and Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) at an altitude of about 1500 m. This is the first record for Morocco. In the Maghreb, the species was previously recorded in… Read More »

First record of Baird’s Sandpiper for Morocco

Yet another productive birding trip to Zemamra – located some km inland from Oualidia – this autumn. A Baird’s Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) was photographed at this site by Benoît Maire on 28 October 2016. Three weeks earlier, an American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) was photographed there by the same observer. The Baird’s Sandpiper observation would… Read More »

Golden Nightjar at Aousserd: first Western Palearctic record

A Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) was observed crossing the road between Dakhla and Aousserd and hit by the observers’ car and died on 3 May 2015 (J. Dyczkowski & R. Smykala). This is the first confirmed record for Morocco and the Western Palearctic. This interesting record confirms once more that the Aousserd region is one of the best birding… Read More »

First record of Long-tailed Duck for Morocco and Africa

A female Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) was photographed on the lagoons just northeast of Oualidia on 5 and 6 June 2014. The bird was found by Bart Brieffies during a ‘Birdfinders’ trip that included eight birders from four European nations. This is the first record for Morocco of this circumpolar species. The tour leader Vaughan… 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 »