Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

Eurasian Spoonbills / Spatules blanches (Platalea leucorodia), Barrage Oued El-Maleh, Casablanca region, Morocco, March 2018 (by Rhimou El Hamoumi).

New Spoonbill colony discovered in Morocco

The Smir colony Since 1994, the Smir heronry hosted the only breeding population of the nominate subspecies of the Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia) in Africa (El Agbani et al. 2002; El Khamlichi & Amezian 2015). The multi-species colony hosts also breeding populations of Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) and Little Egret …

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Front cover book “La migración intercontinental de la espátula (Platalea leucorodia)”

The Eurasian Spoonbill at Smir: past, present and future (book article)

“La migración intercontinental de la espátula (Platalea leucorodia)” is the title of the first monograph on the Eurasian Spoonbill published in Spanish. It was edited by the ‘Limes Platalea project’ of the ‘Sociedad Gaditana de Historia Natural’ and published last autumn in Cadiz, Andalusia. Despite the title, the book included articles about different aspects (migration, wintering …

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Two Eurasian Spoonbills colour-ringed in The Netherlands wintering together at Oued Martil, northern Morocco, 1 November 2013.

Regular wintering of Dutch-ringed Spoonbills in northern Morocco

Two Eurasian Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia) have connected The Netherlands with their wintering areas in northern Morocco during several years. These Spoonbills were ringed at two different Dutch islands and observed regularly wintering in the wetlands of northern Morocco during the autumns of 2011 and 2013 and again in 2015 and 2016. Spoonbill 1 This bird …

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Breeding of Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) at Smir heronry, northern Morocco

Breeding of Glossy Ibis at Smir heronry, northern Morocco

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) has finally returned to breed in northern Morocco after it has deserted the region for nearly a century. An important breeding colony of the species was discovered in the heronry installed in dune vegetation near Smir marshes (northern Morocco) by one of us, Rachid El Khamlichi, on 1st May 2011. Several …

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