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.

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 …

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‘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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Black-eared Wheatear split and new ‘melanoleuca’ record for Morocco

Split of the ‘Black-eared Wheatear’ into two different species species and the first modern record of Eastern Black-eared Wheatear for Morocco. ‘Black-eared Wheatear’ split The ‘IOC Checklist‘ split the Western (Oenanthe hispanica) and Eastern Black-eared Wheatears (Oenanthe melanoleuca) as two separate species in January 2020 (version 10.1).  This split was based on research that begins …

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Split of Western and Eastern Subalpine Warblers confirmed

A new study confirmed that the ‘Subalpine Warbler’ complex is indeed composed of three different species (Moltoni’s Warbler, Western and Eastern Subalpine Warblers). The ‘IOC World Bird List’ accepted the split as proposed by the study. (Note: the main research about the “taxonomy of the Subalpine Warbler species complex” between mid-1990s and 2013 is well …

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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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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 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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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 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 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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