Siberian Chiffchaff / Pouillot de Sibérie, Dayet Dar Bouazza, Morocco, 8 Nov. 2019 (Benoît Maire).

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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House Bunting (Emberiza sahari), Tissemsilt, northern Algeria (Mohamed Maïrif).

House Bunting reached the Mediterranean coast of Algeria

House Bunting found breeding at the Casbah of Algiers. It’s the first observation of this ‘southern’ species on the Mediterranean coast of the country. The House Bunting (Emberiza sahari) is a widely distributed species across North Africa from Morocco to western Libya. And it’s also patchily distributed in the Sahara from Mauritania to Chad. Although …

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Andalusian Buttonquail / Turnix d’Andalousie (Turnix sylvaticus sylvaticus), north-east Algeria, 29 Nov. 2019 (Moussa Houache).

Andalusian Buttonquail observed in Algeria for the first time in three decades

The Andalusian Buttonquail observed in Algeria for the first time after almost three decades without known sightings. Le Turnix d’Andalousie observé en Algérie pour la première fois après une absence d’observations vérifiées pendant près de trois décennies. Andalusian Buttonquail (Turnix sylvaticus sylvaticus) is the Mediterranean endemic subspecies of the Common Buttonquail. After it went extinct …

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Northern Bald Ibis ‘SHORTY’ (ring number 028), Waldrappteam, LIFE Northern Bald Ibis.

Eye opacity in Northern Bald Ibises equipped with GPS transmitters

Unilateral corneal opacity as a result of GPS tracking in a European Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) population released in the context of a LIFE+ reintroduction project Fritz J., Eberhard B., Esterer C., Trobe D. & Scope A. Waldrappteam | LIFE Northern Bald Ibis | 6162 Mutters, AustriaCorresponding author: Johannes Fritz | jfritz@waldrapp.eu | www.waldrapp.eu …

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Live falcons seized at Casablanca Airport by Customs officials (Moroccan Customs Administration).

26 live falcons seized at Casablanca Airport, Morocco

Customs officials managed to foil the illegal export of 26 live falcons last week at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport. The Moroccan Customs Administration said in a statement that the falcons were transported without permission by a foreign national. It added that the raptors were hidden inside wooden crates arranged for this purpose. The 26 …

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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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Répartition spatio-temporelle du Tarin des aulnes en Algérie / Spatio-temporal distribution of Eurasian Siskin in Algeria.

Le Tarin des aulnes (Spinus spinus) dans le Nord-est du Sahara algérien

This note presents unusual observations of the Eurasian Siskin in the North-East of the Algerian Sahara, specifically in the palm city of Ouargla, where the species is observed in winter 2017/2018. In the Algerian Sahara, the species is rarely observed except the following few records: at El Goléa and Ghardaïa oases palms in winter 1976 …

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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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Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) begging for food from its adoptive parent, the Maghreb Magpie (Pica mauritanica), north-east Algeria, July 2019 (Mourad Harzallah)

Great Spotted Cuckoo breeds in Algeria for the first time

Breeding of Great Spotted Cuckoo in Algeria is confirmed probably for the first time ever. The breeding of Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator Glandarius) is Algeria was suspected based on old records, but probably never confirmed (see under the next photo). Last July, naturalist Mourad Harzallah confirmed the breeding of the species in Algeria beyond any …

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