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.

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, Oued Dahab region. In mid-May 2019, ‘Nature Initiative’ member Mohammed Fathi found three intact ostrich eggs at Taguerzimt near Bir Anzarane, Oued Dahab region. The unbroken eggs were buried in the soil and still in good condition. Mohammed was on a routine inspection …

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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

Moltoni’s Warbler, Franklin’s Gull, Lesser Flamingo and African Dunn’s Lark in Morocco, plus 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 Committee, so this …

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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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Franklin's Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan), Merzouga Lake, Morocco, 8 April 2019 (Marc Illa).

Franklin’s Gull at Merzouga Lake and Olive-backed Pipits at Massa, Morocco

Merzouga is not only known for its great variety of desert birds, but also by its small lake, Dayet Srij. This desert lake in the middle of nowhere can be a real magnet for rare waterbirds (and common birds as well!). A cracking adult Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) observed at this lake yesterday afternoon by …

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Andalusian Buttonquail / Turnix d’Andalousie (Turnix sylvaticus sylvaticus): an adult female at Sidi Abed, Morocco, 12 June 2010 (Carlos Gutiérrez-Expósito)

Andalusian Buttonquail in Morocco is declining

The last known Andalusian Buttonquail population is declining and its suitable habitats are shrinking according to a study published recently in Global Ecology and Conservation journal. The Common Buttonquail (Turnix sylvaticus) is widely distributed in Africa and South Asia and is currently categorised as ‘Least Concern’ in the IUCN Red List. However, the nominate subspecies …

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