Invasive species in Northwest Africa

Index of articles about invasive bird species observed in Northwest Africa.

Courtship of Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus), Parc Murdoch, Mers Sultan, Casablanca; 10 March 2018 (Said Farhi).

Breeding of Monk Parakeet at Casablanca, Morocco

The natural distribution area of the Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) is located in South America, but it has been introduced in several regions around the world. Now, established feral populations (sometimes very big ones) can be found in North America, Macaronesian islands, several European countries…etc (see map below). In North Africa, the first breeding cases …

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Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) at Marrakech

Two Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) seen at Annakhil, Marrakech since at least October 2014 by Stephane Abtan. They were seen also in November 2014 (photo 1) and in January 2015. In March, they were observed there again by Benoît Maire and Brahim Bakass. Probably nesting locally. Last February, a breeding colony of this invasive species was found breeding …

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Monk Parakeet / Conure veuve (Myiopsitta monachus), Tangier, Morocco, 24 Feb. 2015 (Rachid El Khamlichi)

Monk Parakeet breeding at Tangier, northern Morocco

The Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus), an invasive species from South America, found breeding at Tangier for the first time. The story began when Alfonso Escajadillo O Connor, a naturalist and birder from Peru, observed 6 individuals of Monk Parakeet nest building in a Phoenix canariensis tree at Tangier on 12 February 2015. When Alfonso met …

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Rosy-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis – Inséparable rosegorge), Mohammedia, 7 April 2015 (Ines Beert)

Parrots in the gardens of Mohammedia

Some feral parrots observed in the gardens and parks of Mohammedia, Morocco: Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus): A group of eight Senegal Parrots  is frequently observed since mid-2011 in the gardens of Mohammedia. They probably escaped from captivity, but their numbers implies that they may breed locally. Will they manage to establish a breeding population or …

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