Birds in Morocco

Index of articles about “Moroccan birds”: ornithological studies and reports, rare birds in Morocco, general birding news,…etc. In short, everything about birds and birding in Morocco is filed under this category.

‘Morocco: sharing the birds’ by Arnoud B van den Berg & The Sound Approach

‘Morocco: sharing the birds’ is available for pre-order

The new Sound Approach title ‘Morocco: sharing the birds’ is to launch on 1 July 2020 and is now available for pre-order. Morocco: sharing the birds – A Sound Approach guide to birds of the MaghrebBy: Arnoud B van den Berg & The Sound ApproachISBN: 978-90-810933-9-2NUR-code: 435Published by: The Sound Approach, Enefco House, 19 The …

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Eastern Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe melanoleuca) captured and ringed at Merzouga, south-east Morocco, 8 March 2020 (Marc Illa).

First Eastern Black-eared Wheatear for Morocco after its recent split

An Eastern Black-eared Wheatear captured and ringed at Merzouga becoming the first modern record of the species for Morocco (only 4 previous ones in the 1950s). The species was only recently separated from the Western Black-eared Wheatear. The split The ‘IOC Checklist‘ split the Western (Oenanthe hispanica) and Eastern Black-eared Wheatears (Oenanthe melanoleuca) as two …

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Western Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia iberiae) photographed in Morocco by Phil Gower.

Split of Western and Eastern Subalpine Warblers confirmed

A new study confirmed that the ‘Subalpine Warbler’ complex is indeed three species. In addition to Moltoni’s Warbler, the study recommended that Western and Eastern Subalpine Warblers should be recognised as different species as well. The ‘IOC World Bird List’ accepted the split as proposed by the study. (Research about the “taxonomy of the Subalpine …

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Cinereous Vulture

Incredible journeys of 2 Cinereous Vultures tracked from Europe to Africa

Two satellite-tagged Cinereous Vultures (Aegypius monachus) from France and Spain have been tracked to Africa. One has reached as far south as the Niger-Nigeria border, while the other is touring northern Africa after having first spent the winter in the Sahel area. These are the first individuals GPS-tracked in their breeding areas in Europe to …

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Isabelline Wheatear / Traquet isabelle (Oenanthe isabellina), Merzouga, Morocco, 5 March 2020 (Marc Illa)

Abundant passage of Isabelline Wheatear in eastern Morocco

Until recently, the Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina) used to be a rarity in Morocco. In fact, the species was only removed from the list of species that need to be submitted to the Moroccan Rare Birds at the end of 2017. At the end of February, Marc Illa and his colleagues arrived in Morocco in …

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Lanner Falcon brooding its four eggs after it had successfully driven off the original occupants of the nest, Boukra, Western Sahara, Morocco, 27 February 2019 (Kharraj et al).

Lanner Falcon usurping Buzzard’s nest after attacks (video)

After repeated attacks, the Lanner Falcons had successfully driven off the North African Buzzards from their occupied nest. The usurpers went on to occupy the nest and lay their own eggs. North African Buzzard (= Atlas Long-legged Buzzard) and Lanner Falcon are widely distributed throughout Morocco [read: North African Buzzard is not a Long-legged but …

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Olive-backed Pipit / Pipit à dos olive (Anthus hodgsoni), Dakhla Bay, 19 Feb 2020 (Javi Elorriaga).

Recent Moroccan rarities: Laughing Gull, Olive-backed Pipits,…

Some recent Moroccan rarities include a Laughing Gull, Olive-backed Pipits and Sudan Golden Sparrow in February and Kelp Gulls in the previous month. Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla) A Laughing Gull was photographed on 14 February at Essaouira fishing port by Andrzej Kośmicki and Helena Trzeciak. There are 6 previous known records of this American species …

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Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) named ‘Aylal’, Souss Massa National Park, October 2019 (Abdeslam Rihane)

Northern Bald Ibis in Morocco since 1900: Analysis of ecological requirements

How Northern Bald Ibis managed to survive in Morocco? In other words, which are the most important factors that determine the survival of the Northern Bald Ibis colonies in Morocco? A recent study gave us some good answers. Historically widespread, now reduced to a small restricted area Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) had once a …

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Siberian Chiffchaff / Pouillot de Sibérie, Dayet Dar Bouazza, Morocco, 8 Nov. 2019 (Benoît Maire).

Siberian Chiffchaff at Dar Bouazza: 3rd Moroccan record

A Siberian Chiffchaff photographed at Dayet Dar Bouazza, just south-west of Casablanca, on 8 December 2019 by Benoît Maire. If accepted, this would be the third record for Morocco of this rare Asian vagrant. Only two records have been accepted so far by the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee (MRBC): the first was captured at Oued …

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