Tag Archives: Sahara

White-throated Bee-eater at Dakhla bay: 2nd Western Palearctic record

A White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) found at Dakhla bay, Oued Dahab region on 28 February  2017 by Billy Herman. It’s the second Western Palearctic record for the species, the first record was observed at the site known to birders as ‘Gleb Jdiane’ in December 2013 (correct name of that place is not Gleb Jdiane but… 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 »

Allen’s Gallinule at Tachektent, Dakhla-Aousserd road

An Allen’s Gallinule (Porphyrio alleni) photographed at Tachektent on the Dakhla-Aousserd road yesterday (18 February 2016) by Mohamed Mediani. This is the 11th record for Morocco (the bird photographed by Ali Irizi at Oued Massa on 28 December 2014 and found by Daniel Vrauwdeunt three days later should be counted as one record in my opinion). You see, Aousserd region… Read More »

Sudan Golden Sparrows at Oued Jenna, Aousserd

A group of Finish birders recorded the first Sudan Golden Sparrows (Passer luteus) in 2014 at Oued Jenna, Aousserd. Two birds, an adult male and female or 2cy male, were photographed by the group (Jari Pitkäkoski, Kalle Larsson, Seppo Järvinen and Kari Haataja) on 1 February. This is the third Moroccan record of this species. On… Read More »

First White-throated Bee-eater for the Western Palearctic

A White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis – Guêpier à gorge blanche) was seen at Gleb Jdiane, Oued Dahab on 5 and 6 December 2013 by Noëlle and Hervé Jacob. This is not only the first record for Morocco, but it’s a first for the Western Palearctic as well. According to the last AERC Western Palearctic list… Read More »

Houbara Bustard filmed near Safia reserve, Oued Dahab

A wild Houbara Bustard (Chlamydotis undulata) filmed “displaying” near Safia reserve, Bir Guendouz, Oued Dahab, about 50 Km north of the Mauritanian border by members of the Association ‘Nature Initiative’ (A.N.I.). The association regularly monitors the reintroduced wildlife (addax, dama gazelle and North African Ostrich) in this reserve, and this bird was recorded during one of these… Read More »