Tag Archives: Sidi Moussa-Oualidia

American Golden Plover and possible Cinnamon Teal, Oualidia region

A birding visit by GOMAC member Benoît Maire and 7 other birders to Oualidia region proved productive with the group managed to see a total of 70 different species including some rare birds: An American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) was seen and photographed at Zemamra some 27 Km inland from Oualidia (coordinates: 32.6306202, -8.7852207). This… Read More »

Black-headed Gull breeding range expansion

First breeding record of Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) in Africa was found at an islet of Barrage Al-Massira in 2002 (Radi et al. 2004; Thévenot et al. 2004). Since then, the species has colonised many other wetlands in Morocco, Algeria and in Tunisia. L’expansion de l’aire de reproduction de la Mouette rieuse au Maroc. Nous… Read More »

First record of Long-tailed Duck for Morocco and Africa

A female Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) was found and photographed on the lagoons just northeast of Oualidia on 5-6 June 2014. The bird was found by Bart Brieffies that was in a Birdfinders trip that included eight birders from four European nations. This is the first Moroccan record of the Long-tailed Duck and “may well… Read More »

Andalusian Buttonquail in Morocco and the Western Palearctic

An interesting article about the Andalusian Buttonquail (Turnix sylvaticus sylvaticus) has just been published in Dutch Birding. It summarised the research done in the Doukkala region on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, and the rediscovery of the only population of the species in the Western Palearctic. The article also details the taxonomy of the species and… Read More »