Tag Archives: range expansion

New colony of Eurasian Spoonbill found in Morocco

The Smir colony Since 1994, the Smir heronry hosted the only breeding population of the nominate subspecies of the Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) in Africa (El Agbani et al. 2002; El Khamlichi & Amezian 2015). The multi-species colony hosts also breeding populations of Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) and Little Egret… Read More »

Northern Bald Ibis breeding expansion: two new sites found in Morocco

The breeding of Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) at the last viable wild colonies in southern Morocco during the last few years has been exceptional. The productivity ranged between 1 and 1.7 fledged chicks per breeding pair, and the overall population has been steadily increasing. However, this increase of population size is much slower than… Read More »

Expansion of Red-billed Firefinch in Algeria

The Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala) was introduced at Tamanrasset in about 1940, and also present at El-Goléa since at least 1972 (Isenmann & Moali 2000). Currently the species still present at the known sites cited above: Tamanrasset: the species still present in the town and easily seen. Observed there as recently as last February (photo… Read More »

Breeding of Golden Nightjar at Aousserd and the taxonomic position of the species

Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) is an apparently sedentary sub-Saharan species with a breeding range extending from Senegal and Mauritania to Sudan. Although genetic studies of nightjars and related Caprimulgiformes have been published previously, none has included Golden Nightjar. In this study published in the Ostrich journal (Lawrie et al. 2017), mitochondrial and nuclear DNA of… Read More »

La Bergeronnette du Maroc (Motacilla alba supersonata) en Algérie

La Bergeronnette du Maroc (Motacilla alba supersonata) est un taxon endémique à l’Afrique du Nord-Ouest. Avant les années 1960, ses zones de reproduction principales sont situées dans la partie ouest du Maroc entre le Haut Atlas et la côte atlantique, ainsi que dans le nord-est du pays. Depuis les années 1960, elle a commencée à… Read More »

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis): a new breeding species for Morocco

Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis) is widely distributed across Africa south of the Sahara, Madagascar, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East. During the last 30 years, the species has undergone a range expansion across the Middle East where the species now recorded in many countries and has reached as north as Turkey and Georgia. In… Read More »

Breeding of Glossy Ibis in an urban park at Casablanca

Breeding range expansion of the Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) continues in Morocco. After the reproduction of the species at Smir marshes in 2011 and two years later at Merja Fouarat, a new breeding colony is established at Casablanca. The latter colony is found at Parc Sindibad (amusement park located inside the city) by Pierre Beaugé. In… Read More »

House Bunting at Jbel Moussa, is the Iberian Peninsula next?

The House Bunting (Emberiza sahari) colonised Tangier since at least a decade ago and now is abundant in many parts of this big city. Then it colonised Tétouan since at least 2010. Now it moved to the countryside. Yesterday, Rachid El Khamlichi took a quick photo of one bird at Jbel Moussa. Taking into account the… Read More »