Conservation Problems

Index of articles about direct threats to biodiversity and birds in particular. These include illegal hunting, illegal bird trade, bird electrocution,…).

Some articles have been written more about raising the awareness of the involved people (e.g. hunters) than about the problem per se. These are written mainly in Arabic and/or French (In the majority of them, an English version is included below in the same page).

Three Marbled Ducks satellite-tracked from El Hondo, south-east Spain, are in central Algeria. These are the only surviving birds out of a total of 27 Marbled Ducks.

Spanish Marbled Ducks migrate to Africa to escape hunters’ guns

A total of 27 Marbled Ducks were satellite-tracked in south-east Spain, of these only three have survived by migrating to Algeria . Most of the birds that stayed locally were hunted or missing. The most threatened duck in Europe With a decreasing population, the Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris) is classed globally as ‘Vulnerable’ in the …

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Live falcons seized at Casablanca Airport by Customs officials (Moroccan Customs Administration).

26 live falcons seized at Casablanca Airport, Morocco

Customs officials managed to foil the illegal export of 26 live falcons last week at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport. The Moroccan Customs Administration said in a statement that the falcons were transported without permission by a foreign national. It added that the raptors were hidden inside wooden crates arranged for this purpose. The 26 …

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Turtle Dove slaughter in Marrakech region by foreign hunters. Those same hunters appeared in the video and other photos not shown here.

Turtle Dove slaughter in Morocco by foreign hunters

A massacre of nearly 1500 Turtle Doves in one day by foreign tourist hunters in the Marrakech region sparked great outrage in Morocco. The total exceeded by three times the hunting quota set by the law according to an official inquiry. A hunting party organized in the region of Marrakech has turned into a real …

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‘Bianca’, a young Egyptian Vulture released in southern Italy, and found dead in Tunisia. Probably died because of secondary poisoning (Hichem Azafzaf / Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux" (AAO)).

Two Egyptian Vultures released in Italy shot and poisoned during migration

Two captive-bred Egyptian Vultures (Neophron percnopterus) released in southern Italy last August died shortly after they started their migration. One bird shot dead by an illegal hunter in western Sicily, while the other died two days after it arrived to Tunisia, probably poisoned. The Egyptian Vulture in Italy: Egyptian Vulture numbers have decreased by more …

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Busard cendré (Circus pygargus) suivi par balise GPS de la France retrouvé mort au Maroc, probablement abattu par des braconniers, 26 août 2018 (Karim Rousselon).

Satellite-tracked Montagu’s Harrier shot dead in Morocco

Montagu’s Harrier satellite-tracked from France found dead in Morocco, most likely shot by hunters/poachers. Un Busard cendré suivi par balise GPS de la France est trouvé mort au Maroc, très probablement abattu par des braconniers (En français au-dessous de la 2ème photo). A Montagu’s Harrier satellite-tracked by the Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé and partners …

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Black-tailed Godwit / Barge à queue noire (Limosa limosa) hunted in Morocco // طائر بقويقة سوداء الذيل تم اصطياده في المغرب

قنص ‘بقويقة سوداء الذيل’ هولندية في المغرب

Colour-marked Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) hunted in Morocco. See below. تمتد مواطن تعشيش ‘بقويقة سوداء الذيل’ على منطقة واسعة ولاكن بشكل متقطع من اسلندا إلى شرق روسيا. في المغرب و شمال إفريقيا يعد هذا النوع من الطيور المهاجرة و المشتية: أي أن البعض يعبر المنطقة في فترات الهجرة فقط، و البعض الآخر يقضي فترة الشتاء …

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Finnish Peregrine (Falco peregrinus) rescued from poachers in Morocco

Rare falcons rescued from poachers in Morocco

About two years ago Karim Rousselon shared with us the story of how a Swedish Peregrine Falcon was rescued from poachers at Casablanca. The same story happened again last November with a Peregrine Falcon from Finland and a Saker Falcon. This account is based on the report by K. Rousselon and his co-authors published today. …

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Electrocuted Atlas Long-legged Buzzards (Buteo rufinus cirtensis), Guelmim region, November 2017 (Karim Laïdi)

Raptor electrocutions at Guelmim continue

During a recent 3-hour tour between Oued Bou-Issafene and the Fort Bou Jerif track in Guelmim region, Karim Laïdi, Juan Navarro Rodriguez and Brahim Bakass recorded 23 Atlas Long-legged Buzzard, 2 Golden Eagles and 1 Lanner Falcon. The majority of these birds were juveniles (1cy) and immatures. Along the same transect, they found 3 recently electrocuted …

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