Western Reef Heron / Aigrette des récifs (Egretta gularis), Oued Ksob, Essaouira, Morocco (Franck et Océane Dupraz).

Probable breeding of Western Reef Heron at Essaouira, Morocco

Probable hybridisation between Western Reef Heron and Little Egret at Essaouira islands on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The long-staying dark morph Western Reef Heron (Egretta gularis) at Essaouira and Oued Ksob estuary (photo 1) has probably hybridised with a Little Egret (E. garzetta) at the Mogador archipelago. This probable case of hybridisation was observed …

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Rüppell’s Vultures (Gyps rueppelli), Aousserd, Western Sahara, southern Morocco, 1 Aug. 2011 (Michel Aymerich).

Rüppell’s Vultures at Aousserd: are they breeding in the region?

Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppelli) breeds throughout the Sahel region from southwestern Mauritania and Guinea eastwards to Ethiopia and Tanzania. It is considered non-migratory, although foraging involves moving considerable distances (up to 150-200 km). Since mid-1990s, increasing numbers of Rüppell’s Vultures have been recorded in the western Mediterranean region especially in Andalusia, southern Spain (Gutiérrez 2003), …

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Short-toed Snake Eagle (Circaetus gallicus) by Michele Panuccio

Spanish Short-toed Eagles summering in Northwest Africa

After leaving their Sahelian wintering grounds, immature Spanish Short-toed Snake Eagles spend the summer in northern Africa instead of going back to their natal areas. The importance of data on the non-breeding period of a bird population for understanding demography and for determining conservation strategies is well recognized, especially in long-lived species such as raptors. …

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The logo of the Association Nature Initiative featuring the Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) and Mhorr Gazelle (Nanger dama mhorr), two emblematic species of the region.

Association Nature Initiative (A.N.I), Dakhla

The Association Nature Initiative (A.N.I.) is an NGO based at Dakhla created on 5 June 2003. Its main activities are dedicated to the promotion of the conservation of the environment and biodiversity, sustainable development, ecotourism and eco-citizenship in the Region of Oued Dahab, Western Sahara, southern Morocco. For more detailed information about the association and …

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Unique and original nest! Seeing a White Stork nest built on a natural setting like this one is rare nowadays. Aguelmous, Middle Atlas, 4 Jan. 2019 (‎Abdellatif Al Ouardi‎).

White Stork nests and Humans

White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is among a few bird species that remarkably adapted to human activities. During the last decades, they started to take advantages of the rubbish dumps which provide an extra and constant food source throughout the year. This and other factors have led some birds in southern Spain and northwest Africa (Morocco …

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Eurasian Curlews (Numenius arquata) at Sebkha Bou Areg, a Ramsar Site on Mediterranean coast of Morocco

Report of Morocco Slender-billed Curlew survey 2011

During February 2011, a team formed by two Moroccan and one British ornithologists carried out a survey to search the Slender-billed Curlew (Numenius tenuirostris) along the Mediterranean and northern Atlantic coast of Morocco. The survey was entirely voluntary, the Moroccan members of the team (M. A. & A. E.) paid their own expenses while R. …

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Breeding of Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) at Smir heronry, northern Morocco

Breeding of Glossy Ibis at Smir heronry, northern Morocco

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) has finally returned to breed in northern Morocco after it has deserted the region for nearly a century. An important breeding colony of the species was discovered in the heronry installed in dune vegetation near Smir marshes (northern Morocco) by one of us, Rachid El Khamlichi, on 1st May 2011. Several …

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Andalusian Buttonquail (Turnix sylvaticus sylvaticus), south of Sidi Abed, September 2007 (Benoît Maire)

Andalusian Buttonquail in Morocco and the Western Palearctic

The Andalusian Buttonquail (Turnix sylvaticus sylvaticus) became almost extinct throughout its Mediterranean range except in Morocco where there have been more or less regular observations until 1988. Since that date, however, the species went undetected until 2000. Since the beginning of the new millennium, new sightings (including the first-ever photograph of a living wild bird …

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Cape Gull (Larus dominicanus vetula), Khnifiss Lagoon, Morocco (Lars Andersen)

Status of Kelp Gull in Morocco and the Western Palearctic

Cape Gull – the African subspecies of the widespread Kelp Gull – does not breed at Khnifiss Lagoon, Morocco, as reported earlier by Bergier et al. (2009). A thorough analysis by Olof Jönsson of the available photographs showed that the large, dark-backed gulls breeding at Khnifiss are, in fact, Great Black-backed Gulls. This is the …

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