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Rare birds in Morocco: 25th report of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee

The 25th report of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee (MRBC) was published about three months ago. In 2019, the MRBC examined 71 new records, of which 58 were accepted.

It should be noted that 2019 was a very “slow” year in comparison with the last five years where the number of examined records ranged between 109 and 168 (and the number of accepted ones ranged between 92 and 157).

Probably because of this, there was only one addition to the Moroccan birds’ list: the Hume’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus humei).

There is also the first accepted record of the Great Black-backed Gull x Kelp Gull (Larus marinus x Larus dominicanus). This hybrid bird was observed at Oualidia wetland, but we can safely assume that it originated from Khnifiss Lagoon where both parent species co-occur. Some observations of presumed hybrids in the Khnifiss Lagoon have been reported in the past, but probably have never been submitted to the MRBC (See photos of some of these presumed hybrids in updates 2 and 3 in this blog-post: Status of Kelp Gull in Morocco and the WP).

The report also included the 2nd of Isabelline Shrike (Lanius isabellinus), the 6th of both Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) and Baltic Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus fuscus), the 8th of Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola), the 10th of Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan), the 11th of both White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) and Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus), the 12th of Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis), the 13th of both Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) and Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus).

Also noteworthy are the 15th of Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor), the 17th of Balearic Woodchat Shrike (Lanius senator badius), the 19th to 24th of Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus), the 22nd and 23rd of Richard’s Pipit (Anthus richardi), the 23rd of Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), the 23rd to 25th of Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus), the 27th to 31st of Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) and the 30th of Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus).

Full report:

Fareh, M., Maire, B., Laïdi, K., Ennoury, A., Rousselon, K., Franchimont, J. & CHM. 2020. Les oiseaux rares au Maroc. Rapport de la Commission d’Homologation Marocaine numéro 25. Go-South Bulletin 17: 104-120.

Kelp Gull x Great Black-backed Gull hybrid with the smaller Yellow-legged Gull to the right, Oualidia saltpans, Morocco
Kelp Gull x Great Black-backed Gull hybrid (Larus dominicanus x Larus marinus) with the smaller Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis) to the right, Oualidia saltpans, Morocco, 24 April 2019 (Benoît Maire)

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  1. When numbering records in English remember that records one, two and three and the first, second and third records, are written 1st, 2nd and 3rd as abbreviations. Records four onwards are written 4th, 5th, 6th as far as the 20th. Thereafter, records whose numbers end in one, two or three are written 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 31st, 32nd, 33rd etc. All others are written with a th e.g. 55th, 77th, 99th.

    Sorry about all this. I didn’t invent the rules.

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