Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae)

Faucon d'Eléonore (Falco eleonorae) adulte phase claire couvant.

Eleonora’s Falcon at Essaouira has a record breeding season

A record breeding season for the Eleonora’s Falcon at Essaouira islands, one of the largest colonies in the world. A recent census of the breeding population of the Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) at Essaouira archipelago carried out by members of GREPOM led by Prof Abdeljebbar Qninba has shown once more the healthy status of this …

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Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae), Bouknadel colony, August 2016 (Karim Rousselon)

Eleonora’s Falcon colony at Bouknadel is doing well

The Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) is a medium-sized raptor that breeds colonially on steep sea cliffs, islands and islets on the Mediterranean Sea and on the Atlantic Ocean in the Canary Islands and Morocco. The Eleonora’s Falcon winters in Madagascar and start to return to the breeding grounds by the end of April and early …

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Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis) immobilized in a small and deep rock hole, Mogador islands, Morocco, 27 Sep. 2014 (Abdeljebbar Qninba).

Eleonora’s Falcons imprison live birds for a later meal

Eleonora’s Falcons in Morocco imprison live birds to keep them fresh for a later meal. This behavior is unheard of before in the animal kingdom. The Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae) is mainly insectivorous outside the breeding season. During the nesting period, which is very late (from July to October) as an adaptation to coincide with …

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Study of Eleonora’s Falcons breeding at Essaouira, Morocco

A team of ornithologists of GREPOM/BirdLife Morocco shouldered by the local team of the Hight Commission for Water, Forestry and Desertification Control (HCEFLCD) and supported by the PIM Initiative (Mediterranean Small Islands Initiative) visited the archipelago of Essaouira (Mogador) in late July to monitor the reproduction of the local population of the Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco eleonorae). During …

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