Range expansion

Index of articles about (mainly) breeding range expansion of different bird species in Northwest Africa.

Male Namaqua Dove (Oena capensis), Mijk, near Dakhla, Western Sahara, southern Morocco, 14 May 2016 (F. Chevalier)

Namaqua Dove breeds in Morocco for the first time

One year after the observation of two female Namaqua Doves at Safia reserve, the first breeding of the species in Morocco was confirmed this season near Dakhla. Un an après l’observation de deux femelles de Tourtelette masque dans la réserve de Safia, la première reproduction de l’espèce au Maroc a été confirmée cette saison près …

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Glossy Ibis - Ibis falcinelle (Plegadis falcinellus), Parc Sindibad, Casablanca (Pierre Beaugé)

Breeding of Glossy Ibis in an urban park at Casablanca

Breeding range expansion of the Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) continues in Morocco. After the reproduction of the species at Smir marshes in 2011 and two years later at Merja Fouarat, a new breeding colony is established at Casablanca. The latter colony is found at Parc Sindibad (amusement park located inside the city) by Pierre Beaugé. In …

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Laughing Dove / Tourterelle maillée (Spilopelia senegalensis), Tétouan, northern Morocco, 2 March 2013 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

Laughing Dove reached north Morocco – colonising Europe is next

Laughing Dove reached Tétouan in northernmost Morocco, its final step before crossing the Strait of Gibraltar to colonise Europe. La Tourterelle maillée a atteint Tétouan au nord du Maroc, sa dernière étape avant de traverser le détroit de Gibraltar pour coloniser l’Europe. Laughing Doves (Spilopelia senegalensis) observed near Tétouan from mid-February until June 2013. The …

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An incubating House Bunting (note the brood patch), near the Faculty of Sciences, Tétouan, 29 March 2013 (Rachid El Khamlichi)

House Bunting finally colonised Tétouan, northern Morocco

House Buntings (Emberiza sahari) colonised Tangier in mid-2000 (see Amezian et al. 2006). However, despite searching the species has never been recorded at Tétouan or at any other locality in northernmost Morocco outside of Tangier. The House Bunting at Tétouan was recorded thanks to Yousef El Ouahabi who had been observing them visiting his house …

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White-headed Duck / Érismature à tête blanche (Oxyura leucocephala), Sidi Boughaba (Said Lahrouz)

White-headed Duck breeding again in Morocco

The White-headed Duck (Oxyura leucocephala) start breeding again in Morocco for the first time in almost a century. The endangered White-headed Duck went extinct as a breeding species in Morocco in the first half of 20th century. It also disappeared as a wintering visitor. The Spanish population has also decreased dramatically between the 1950s and …

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Cricket Warbler / Prinia à front écailleux (Spiloptila clamans) with nest materials at Oued Jenna, Aousserd, 3 February 2010 (Fabian Schneider).

Cricket Warbler breeding at Aousserd, southern Morocco

The Cricket Warbler or Cricket Longtail (Spiloptila clamans) is a small bird native to the Sahel region where its breeding area is restricted to a narrow band stretching from southern Mauritania and northern Senegal eastwards to Sudan and Eritrea. The species has recently been discovered in Oued Jenna some 40 Km before the village of …

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