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 the breeding and wintering areas of a bird population for understanding demography and for determining conservation strategies is well recognised. However, the other areas where birds spend …

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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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Eurasian Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus) ringed at Smir marshes, northern Morocco, 13 November 2006 (Ian Thompson).

Wintering of Penduline Tits (Remiz pendulinus) in Morocco

The Eurasian Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus) was until recently considered to be an accidental winter visitor to Morocco. Regular wintering was suspected in the north-west of the country but had been poorly documented. The ringing data collected in the Smir marshes during the period 2004–2008 indicate that Eurasian Penduline Tits regularly winter in Morocco. During …

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Allen’s Gallinule (Porphyrio alleni), Tahaddart estuary, northern Morocco, 16 January 2011 (Mohamed Amezian).

Allen’s Gallinule found dead at Tahaddart, northern Morocco

I found an Allen’s Gallinule (Porphyrio alleni) at Tahaddart estuary, just south of Tangier, on 16 January 2011. Unfortunately it was dead. Field work: That day, I joined a team from the Scientific Institute of Mohammed V University to participate in the annual mid-winter waterbird census in different wetlands of north-west Morocco. Before meeting the …

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