Sand Cats resting in bird nests built in tall acacia trees

Sand cats found resting in Brown-necked Raven nests. This original and previously undocumented behaviour was discovered in western Sahara, southern Morocco. During a naturalist trip in the Dakhla-Aousserd region in autumn 2018, Jean-Michel Bompar and his colleagues found three sand cats (Felis margarita) resting in the nests of Brown-necked Ravens (Corvus ruficollis). The nests were… Read More »

First breeding of Great Spotted Cuckoo in Morocco north of the Atlas Mountains

The Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) is widespread in southern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. The breeding of the species in North Africa is, however, far less common. The first breeding of the species in Morocco was recorded only in 1990 near Taroudant in Souss region (Maumary & Dupperex 1991). And currently, the species breeds regularly… Read More »

Moltoni’s Warbler in Morocco, Terek Sandpiper in Tunisia and other rarities

Moltoni’s Warbler, Franklin’s Gull, Lesser Flamingo and African Dunn’s Lark in Morocco, plus Terek Sandpiper in Tunisia. Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina) A bird was captured and ringed at Merzouga Ringing Station, Morocco, on 18 April 2019 (Marc Illa and his co-workers). Only four records have been accepted by the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee, so this… Read More »

Birding Algeria trip report: from Algerian Nuthatch to African Silverbill

In March 2019, three birders – Peter Stronach, Bob Swann and Sam Viles – visited northern Algeria and the region of Tamanrraset in the south. The aim was to see the three most wanted species from the Western Palearctic birders’ perspective. Below is a summary of the main visited sites and key species. The full… Read More »