A White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) was observed at ‘Gleb Jdiane’, Oued Dahab, on 5 and 6 December 2013 by Noëlle and Hervé Jacob (see the short video).
This would be the first record for Morocco if accepted by the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee (MRBC). There was no previous observation of White-throated Bee-eater in the Western Palearctic, so this would be the first for the WP as well. .
This region proves once again that it’s one of the best birding hotspots in the Westen Palearctic region. Species such as Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Cricket Warbler (Spiloptila clamans), African Dunn’s Lark (Eremalauda dunni) and many other Saharan/North African resident specialities can all be seen here.
- The record was accepted by the MRBC in its 20th report.
- A White-throated Bee-eater found at Dakhla Bay on 28 February 2017, and stayed there until May (photo below).