Tag Archives: Gyps rueppellii

Rüppell’s Vulture wing-tagged at Jbel Moussa

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 »

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 and 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 »

Spectacle: 7 Rüppell’s Vultures in 2 days in northern Morocco

After the observation of 3 Rüppell’s Vultures (Gyps rueppellii) with with 5 Griffons (G. fulvus) at Jbel Bouhachem Natural Park in the afternoon of 10 May. Next day (11 May) we went to Jbel Moussa on the Strait of Gibraltar to observe bird migration with the hope of seeing the Rüppell’s again (we literally wanted… Read More »

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

A Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppellii) 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 (since 2012, previously was listed as Near Threatened).  Since more than a decade, Rüppell’s Vultures started to accompany… Read More »

Rüppell’s Vultures at Aousserd: are they breeding in the region?

Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppellii) breeds throughout the Sahel region from southwestern Mauritania and Guinea eastwards to Ethiopia and Tanzania. It is considered non-migratory, although foraging involves moving considerable distances (up to 150-200 km). Since mid-1990s, increasing numbers of Rüppell’s Vultures have been recorded in the western Mediterranean region especially in Andalusia, southern Spain (Gutiérrez 2003),… Read More »