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.

Are birding optics banned in Morocco? The short answer in NO.

Are birding optics banned from entry in Morocco?

Are birding optics such as telescopes banned in Morocco? Are there any new rules regarding this subject? The answer is NO. Please read until the end, share with your friends and colleagues and contribute your feedback (after your visit to the country). Morocco has been visited by several kinds of people over the years, from …

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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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Movements of a Cape Verde Shearwater caught and GPS-tracked in Montaña Clara islet, off Lanzarote, Canary Islands (Data of the University of Barcelona's ‘Seabird Ecology’ group)

Cape Verde Shearwater in the Canary Islands and Morocco

The Cape Verde Shearwater (Calonectris edwardsii), as its name may suggests, is an endemic breeder to Cape Verde islands, and winters mainly in South Atlantic off South America (González-Solís et al. 2009). The species rarely ventures north of its breeding areas (or so we thought!). During the breading season, Cape Verde Shearwaters also frequently visit …

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Selja the Pallid Harrier after her arrival to Finland, spring 2019 (photo by Ari-Pekka Auvinen via SuomenLuonto.fi)

Finnish Pallid Harrier wintered in Morocco in a rich, yet dangerous area

A Pallid Harrier satellite-tracked from Finland spent the winter in the Guelmim region, southern Morocco. The area is very rich in preys but also very dangerous for raptors because of electrocution. This is the first proven wintering record of the species in Morocco. Westward expansion of the Pallid Harrier Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) breeds in …

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North African Ostrich eggs found near Bir Anzarane, Oued Dahab region, southern Morocco

North African Ostrich eggs unearthed at Bir Anzarane, southern Morocco

Three intact eggs of the North African Ostrich found near Bir Anzarane in Oued Dahab region. Trois œufs intacts d’autruche d’Afrique du Nord trouvés près de Bir Anzarane au sud du Maroc. In mid-May 2019, ‘Nature Initiative Association’ member Mohammed Fathi found three intact ostrich eggs at Taguerzimt near Bir Anzarane, Oued Dahab region. The …

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Chicks of Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius), Fes, Morocco, April 2019 (Wafae Squalli).

First breeding of Great Spotted Cuckoo in Morocco north of the Atlas Mountains

The Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) is widespread in southern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. The breeding of the species in North Africa is, however, far less common. The first breeding of the species in Morocco was recorded only in 1990 near Taroudant in Souss region (Maumary & Dupperex 1991). And currently, the species breeds regularly …

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Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina), Merzouga, Morocco, 18 Apr. 2019 (Marc Illa).

Moltoni’s Warbler in Morocco, Terek Sandpiper in Tunisia and other rarities

Some recent Moroccan rarities (Moltoni’s Warbler, Franklin’s Gull, Lesser Flamingo and African Dunn’s Lark) and a Terek Sandpiper in Tunisia. Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina) A bird was captured and ringed at Merzouga Ringing Station, Morocco, on 18 April 2019 (Marc Illa and his co-workers). Only four records have been accepted by the Moroccan Rare Birds …

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Presumed hybrid Collared X Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis X F. hypoleuca), Merzouga, Morocco, 10 April 2019 (Marc Illa).

Presumed hybrid Collared X Pied Flycatcher at Merzouga, Morocco

A presumed hybrid Collared X Pied Flycatcher ringed yesterday at Merzouga Ringing Station by Marc Illa, Ivan Maggini, Armando Aispuro and Georg Gruber. The bird was caught and ringed by experienced ornithologists who known what they are doing. Despite this, they added the adjective ‘presumed’, because they know that the identification of hybrid Ficedula flycatchers …

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