Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti)

Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti), fitted with a GPS transmitter and ready to fly, Bouznika, Morocco, 17 Dec. 2018.

Spanish Imperial Eagle in Andalusia in 2018 & the first satellite-tagged bird in Morocco

The Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) in Andalusia is doing very well. The breeding population of the species once again exceeded its maximum historical record and expands through the Betic mountain range. With this population increase in Andalusia and the Iberian Peninsula in general, an increasing number of immature Spanish Imperial Eagles visit Morocco to …

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Spanish Imperial Eagle / Aigle ibérique (Aquila adalberti), near Tanger-Med port, 12 September 2017 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

Spanish Imperial Eagle dispersion in North Africa in 2017

Dispersion and overwintering of Spanish Imperial Eagles (Aquila adalberti) in Morocco, and northern Africa in general, is becoming regular and in relatively good numbers (for an endangered ‘sedentary’ species). As in previous years, this autumn at least 4 eagles crossed the Strait of Gibraltar to North Africa. We say “at least” because not every bird …

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Three-year old Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) found electrocuted in the Guelmim area on 5 March 2016 by Houssien Kharraz.

Raptor mortality by electrocution in power lines in Morocco (report)

In October 2015, three Spanish Imperial Eagles were found electrocuted in the Guelmim region, southern Morocco. It was thanks to a satellite-tracked eagle that these birds were found by Ali Irizi and two agents from the Moroccan Forestry Administration. This bird was one of six Spanish Imperial Eagles fitted with satellite transmitters in 2015 (and all have …

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Recent carcasses of Bonelli's (Aquila fasciata) and Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), both juveniles, on Line B2, Guelmim, January 2016 (Catarina Machado)

Identification de la mortalité des rapaces par électrocution au Maroc (rapport)

See ‘Raptor mortality by electrocution in power lines in Morocco‘ for the summary in English. En octobre 2015, trois Aigles ibériques électrocutés ont été retrouvés dans la région de Guelmim, au sud-ouest du Maroc. C’était grâce à un aigle muni d’un émetteur satellitaire que ces oiseaux ont été repérés par Ali Irizi et deux agents …

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Juvenile Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) seen at Tarifa, Spain about to cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco

Spanish Imperial Eagle recovering space beyond borders

Tracking Spanish Imperial Eagles showed the scale of their movements in Morocco and Africa in general. In 2015, six young satellite-tracked Spanish Imperial Eagles (Aquila adalberti) visited North Africa from Andalusia, southern Spain. A recent article by researchers from the Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC) and the Government of Andalusia explored the subject of these eagles’ …

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Bird 2: Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) electrocuted in the Guelmim region, 22 October 2015 (Ali Irizi)

Electrocution of Spanish Imperial, Bonelli’s and Golden eagles at Guelmim

Six young Spanish Imperial Eagles (Aquila adalberti) satellite-tracked from southern Spain visited Morocco this autumn. Last month, we published the news about one of these eagles that did not move from a single point located in Guelmim region. Project coordinators at Junta de Andalucía and Doñana Biological Station suspected that it may have been dead …

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