Asian vagrants

Index of articles about rare Asian bird species observed in Northwest Africa.

Olive-backed Pipit / Pipit à dos olive (Anthus hodgsoni), Dakhla Bay, 19 Feb 2020 (Javi Elorriaga).

Recent Moroccan rarities: Laughing Gull, Olive-backed Pipits,…

Some recent Moroccan rarities include a Laughing Gull, Olive-backed Pipits and Sudan Golden Sparrow in February and Kelp Gulls in the previous month. Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla) A Laughing Gull was photographed on 14 February at Essaouira fishing port by Andrzej Kośmicki and Helena Trzeciak. There are 6 previous known records of this American species …

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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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Hume's Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus humei), Taibai Shan, Central China (Ron Knigh)

First Hume’s Leaf Warbler for Morocco and Northwest Africa

A Hume’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus humei) was heard on 11 and 12 February at “Fôret Moulay Abdellah”, an urban park located inside Rabat, Morocco, by resident birder Pedro Fernandes. This would be the first record of this Asian vagrant for Morocco. I am on the road and without references, but I am sure it’s the …

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Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi), Dayet Dar Bouazza, Morocco, 15 Dec. 2018 (Benoît Maire).

Four Richard’s Pipits and Olive-backed Pipit in Morocco

At least four Richard’s Pipits (Anthus richardi) at Dayet Dar Bouazza, and an Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) at an urban park in Rabat. While both Asian pipit species are rare in Morocco, the former is much more regular and even winters in small numbers at some sites, the latter is much rarer. Richard’s Pipit On …

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Yellow-browed Warbler / Pouillot à grands sourcils (Phylloscopus inornatus), Tagdilt Track, 1 Dec. 2017 (Kris Webb).

Yellow-browed Warblers in Morocco in autumn 2017

Four Yellow-browed Warblers (Phylloscopus inornatus) have been recorded so far this season: – 1 bird found at Melilla on 15 October by Francisco José Pérez Ruiz and Francisco Arias Nicolás. – 1 bird found at Missour, Moyenne Moulouya on 22 October by Geoffrey Monchaux (Geoffrey said the homologation form already sent to the MRBC, Merci!) …

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Yellow-browed Warbler at Rabat, is it overwintering?

Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus) was seen foraging with other Phylloscopus warblers at the Botanical Garden in Rabat on 15th October 2015 by Pedro Fernandes. This is the 13th record of this Siberian species for Morocco. Pedro detailed the observation in his eBird checklist as follows: Detected by ear and later spotted with binoculars; seen at close …

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