Tag Archives: Gyps rueppelli

Rüppell’s Vulture wing-tagged at Jbel Moussa, Morocco

Over five thousands Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) migrate through northern Morocco twice a year, and an increasing number of Rüppell’s Vultures (Gyps rueppelli) are also migrating through the region (a paradox, since the latter species is declining in its West African breeding areas from where these vagrants are coming). Some of these vultures can end up… Read More »

Spring vulture migration at Jbel Moussa, May 2016

A summary of raptor migration observations during three days in May 2016 at Jbel Moussa (with emphasis on vultures): 2 May: A Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppelli) was photographed with a flock of 32 Griffon Vultures (G. fulvus) by Rachid El Khamlichi (photo 1). This is the second bird for spring 2016, the first one observed… Read More »

Barbary macaques and vultures at Jbel Moussa, northern Morocco

Jbel Moussa is known as a good point for observing bird migration crossing the Strait of Gibraltar between Africa and Europe. But it’s also known for its colony of the endangered Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus). The macaques inhabit the inaccessible parts of Jbel Moussa, but can easily be observed from the western and southern sides… Read More »

White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus): a new species 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 »

Rüppell’s Vulture exhibited for tourists at Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakech

A Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppelli) used as a photo props at Jemaa el-Fna square, Marrakech. This declining species which breeds in the Sahel region of Africa has been recently upgraded to the Endangered status in IUCN Red List (previously was listed as Near Threatened). Since more than a decade, Rüppell’s Vultures started to accompany Griffon Vultures… Read More »