Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppelli)

Rüppell's Vulture / Vautour de Rüppell (Gyps rueppelli): 'M1', Jbel Moussa region, 17 Aug. 2018 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

Release of Cinereous, Griffon and Rüppell’s vultures at Jbel Moussa after wing-tagging

Wing-tagging and release of Cinereous, Griffon and Rüppell’s vultures at Jbel Moussa on 17 August 2018. This operation was organised by the Moroccan Forestry Administration (HCEFLCD) in collaboration with a number of national institutions and NGOs. Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus): This bird was found at Khmis Anjra, located some 30 Km south of the Strait …

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Rüppell's Vulture (Gyps rueppelli), east of Tanger-Med Port, Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco, 2 May 2018 (R. El Khamlichi).

Migration of rare vultures at Jbel Moussa, spring 2018

At the Strait of Gibraltar, some birds are still migrating northward as late as August or even September in some extreme cases (see one of these under the Rüppell’s Vulture text here). However, the northward migration, for all intents and purposes, is over by the end of July (see for example, Garcia & Bensusan 2006). …

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Rüppell's Vulture (Gyps rueppelli) wing-tagged and released at Jbel Moussa, northern Morocco (Sept 2016).

Wing-tagging a Rüppell’s Vulture at Jbel Moussa, Morocco

Marquage d’un Vautour de Rüppell dans le cadre du programme de marquage des vautours par des marques alaires au Maroc (voir au-dessous de la vidéo). Over five thousands Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) migrate through northern Morocco twice a year, and an increasing number of Rüppell’s Vultures (Gyps rueppelli) are also migrating through the region (a paradox, …

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White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) and Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) on the right, Tétouan, northern Morocco, 25 May 2014

First record of White-backed Vulture for Morocco and North Africa

We found a mega Western Palearctic rarity! Yesterday, we reported the observation of a group of 3 Rüppell’s with 38 Griffon vultures at a carcass near Tétouan, northern Morocco. We went back to the site today (25 May), and to our great pleasure we found a White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) with the other birds that …

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Spectacle: 7 Rüppell’s Vultures in 2 days in northern Morocco

After the observation of 3 Rüppell’s Vultures (Gyps rueppellii) with with 5 Griffons (G. fulvus) at Jbel Bouhachem Natural Park in the afternoon of 10 May. Next day (11 May) we went to Jbel Moussa on the Strait of Gibraltar to observe bird migration with the hope of seeing the Rüppell’s again (we literally wanted …

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3 different Rüppell’s Vultures observed at Jbel Bouhachem, northern Morocco

3 Rüppell’s Vultures at Jbel Bouhachem, northern Morocco

Three different Rüppell’s Vultures observed at Jbel Bouhachem, northern Morocco. This is a real unexpected bonus as the site is a bit inland from the Strait of Gibraltar where the vultures normally gather. Just a few days ago, we talked about watching the spectacle of bird migration at Jbel Moussa on the Strait of Gibraltar. …

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Rüppell’s Vulture exhibited for tourists at Jemaa el-Fna, Marrakech

A Rüppell’s Vulture used as a photo props at Jemaa el-Fna square in Marrakech for nearly a year. The Rüppell’s Vulture is undergoing a rapide decline across most of its breeding range in sub-Saharan Africa. Recently, it has been upgraded to the Endangered status in the IUCN Red List (previously was listed as Near Threatened). Since …

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