Bird Migration & Dispersion

Index of articles about bird migration, wintering and dispersion in Northwest Africa and adjacent areas.

Griffon Vultures MA4 and MA5 were wing-tagged at Jbel Moussa, northern Morocco, on 24 May 2015

Griffon Vulture ‘MA4’ died after crossing the Strait of Gibraltar

MA4, the young Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) was wing-tagged at Jbel Moussa last May by Rachid El Khamlichi with the help of José Antonio Sarrión Salado who was present there that day (photo above). After it’s wing-tagging, MA4 stayed 3 days locally at Jbel Moussa roosting with other vultures. On 14 August 2015, Javier Rivas …

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From left to right: Mohamed Amezian, Ahmed El Ketami (who saved the transmitter) & Rachid El Khamlichi

Sat-tracked White Stork found dead in fishing lines near Tangier, Morocco

A satellite-tracked White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) found dead near Asilah, Tangier region, northern Morocco. The good news is that the satellite transmitter was found in good condition. This is the story of how the White Stork ‘C666’ died and how its transmitter was found. On 26 November 2013, Brigitta Keeves from the office of Prof. …

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Regular wintering of Dutch-ringed Spoonbills in northern Morocco

Two Eurasian Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia) have connected The Netherlands with northern Morocco during the last few years, here are their stories. These spoonbills were ringed at two different Dutch islands and observed regularly wintering in the wetlands of northern Morocco during the autumns of 2011 and 2013 (and again in 2015 and 2016, see updates). …

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Osprey’ foot and feathers and the colour ring.

English Osprey predated by Pharaoh Eagle Owl or mammal in southern Morocco

An Osprey known as ‘09’ satellite-tracked from Rutland in England spent the last winter in Senegal (so he already has experience in desert crossing). His autumn migration this year was cut short by an avian or mammalian predator while he was roosting on the northern edge of the Sahara in southern Morocco. This story is …

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Rüppell’s Vultures (Gyps rueppelli), Aousserd, Western Sahara, southern Morocco, 1 Aug. 2011 (Michel Aymerich).

Rüppell’s Vultures at Aousserd: are they breeding in the region?

Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppelli) breeds throughout the Sahel region from southwestern Mauritania and Guinea eastwards to Ethiopia and Tanzania. It is considered non-migratory, although foraging involves moving considerable distances (up to 150-200 km). Since mid-1990s, increasing numbers of Rüppell’s Vultures have been recorded in the western Mediterranean region especially in Andalusia, southern Spain (Gutiérrez 2003), …

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Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) by Michele Panuccio

Spanish Short-toed Eagles summering in Northwest Africa

After leaving their Sahelian wintering grounds, immature Spanish Short-toed Snake Eagles spend the summer in northern Africa instead of going back to their natal areas. The importance of data on the non-breeding period of a bird population for understanding demography and for determining conservation strategies is well recognized, especially in long-lived species such as raptors. …

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Eurasian Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus) ringed at Smir marshes, northern Morocco, 13 November 2006 (Ian Thompson).

Wintering of Penduline Tits (Remiz pendulinus) in Morocco

The Eurasian Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus) was until recently considered to be an accidental winter visitor to Morocco. Regular wintering was suspected in the north-west of the country but had been poorly documented. The ringing data collected in the Smir marshes during the period 2004–2008 indicate that Eurasian Penduline Tits regularly winter in Morocco. During …

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