Birds in Aousserd

Index of articles about birds, particularly rarities, observed in the Aoussed region, Western Sahara, southern Morocco.

Golden Nightjar / Engoulevent doré (Caprimulgus eximius) protecting its two young, Aousserd, Western Sahara, southern Morocco, 18 March 2019.

Breeding of Golden Nightjar in Western Sahara confirmed

Breeding of Golden Nightjar in the Aousserd region finally confirmed. An adult protecting two young found at Oued Chiaf located some 55 km NW of Aousserd. La reproduction de l’Engoulevent doré dans la region d’Aousserd au sud du Maroc est enfin confirmée. Un adulte protégeant deux jeunes ont été observés à Oued Chiaf situé à …

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(c) The female Golden Nightjar sampled in this study, Oued Jenaa, Aousserd, 20 April 2016. (d) Vascularised brood patch indicating local breeding.

Taxonomy and breeding range extension of Golden Nightjar

Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) is an apparently sedentary sub-Saharan species with a breeding range extending from Senegal and Mauritania to Sudan. Although genetic studies of nightjars and related Caprimulgiformes have been published previously, none has included Golden Nightjar. In this study published in the Ostrich journal (Lawrie et al. 2017), mitochondrial and nuclear DNA of …

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Male Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis), Mijk, near Dakhla, Western Sahara, southern Morocco, 14 May 2016 (F. Chevalier)

Namaqua Dove breeds in Morocco for the first time

One year after the observation of two female Namaqua Doves at Safia reserve, the first breeding of the species in Morocco was confirmed this season near Dakhla. Un an après l’observation de deux femelles de Tourtelette masque dans la réserve de Safia, la première reproduction de l’espèce au Maroc a été confirmée cette saison près …

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Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius), Oued Jenna, Aousserd, 19 April 2016

4 Golden Nightjars at Oued Jenna, Aousserd: detailed report

Excellent observations in the Western Sahara, southern Morocco. Peter Stronach and Bob Swann have just returned back from a birding trip to the region. They recorded Golden Nightjars and provided valuable details indicating the (highly probable) breeding of the species in the region. They also recorded a Sudan Golden Sparrow at Oued Jenna (first observation …

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Lesser mouse-tailed bat - Petit rhinopome (Rhinopoma hardwickii)

Mammal notes from the Aousserd region, southern Morocco

Some mammal notes from the Aousserd region made by Prof. Abdeljebbar Qninba of the University Mohammed V-Rabat and the Association Nature Initiative (A.N.I.). These observations were made between 18 March and 6 April 2016 in the framework of the project on the “Inventory of Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Aousserd Province” run by the …

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Allen’s Gallinule / Talève d’Allen (Porphyrio alleni), Tachektent, Oued Dahab, 18 Feb. 2016 (Mohamed Mediani)

Allen’s Gallinule at Tachektent, Dakhla-Aousserd road

An Allen’s Gallinule (Porphyrio alleni) found at Tachektent on the Dakhla-Aousserd road yesterday (18 February 2016) by Mohamed Mediani. This is the 11th record for Morocco. The bird photographed by Ali Irizi at Oued Massa on 28 December 2014 and found three days later by Daniel Vrauwdeunt at the same site should be counted as one record in my opinion. …

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Golden Nightjar / Engoulevent doré (Caprimulgus eximius), Aousserd, Western Sahara, Morocco; 3 May 2015 (Jurek Dyczkowski)

Golden Nightjar at Aousserd: first Western Palearctic record

A Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) was observed crossing the road between Dakhla and Aousserd and hit by the observers’ car and died on 3 May 2015 (J. Dyczkowski & R. Smykala). This is the first confirmed record for Morocco and the Western Palearctic. This interesting record confirms once more that the Aousserd region is one of the best birding …

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Wild Houbara Bustard filmed at Safia reserve, southern Morocco

A wild Houbara Bustard (Chlamydotis undulata) filmed “displaying” near Safia reserve, Bir Guendouz, Oued Dahab, about 50 Km north of the Mauritanian border by members of the Association ‘Nature Initiative’ (A.N.I.). The association regularly monitors the reintroduced wildlife (addax, dama gazelle and North African Ostrich) in this reserve, and this bird was recorded during one of these …

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North African Ostriches / Autruches à cou rouge (Struthio camelus camelus), Safia reserve, May 2013 (Association ‘Nature Initiative’).

North African Ostrich returns to W. Sahara after decades of absence

North African Ostrich returns to breed in Western Sahara, southern Morocco, after it went extinct there almost 50 years ago. The North African or Red-necked Ostrich (Struthio camelus camelus) is the largest Ostrich subspecies. It roamed West and North Africa before its local extinction from most of its former range. Currently, it’s classified as ‘Critically …

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