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Rare birds in Morocco: 20th report of the MRBC

The 20th report of the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee (MRBC) has just been published. In 2014, the MRBC examined 109 new records of which 92 were accepted including four species new to Morocco:

  • Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis): seen at Oualidia in June 2014. This is also the first record for mainland Africa.
  • Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus): seen at Mahammadia since 2011, without a doubt escaped from captivity.
  • White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis): seen at “Gleb Jdiane”, near Dakhla in December 2013. This is also the first record for the Western Palearctic.

Full report:

Bergier P., Franchimont J. & CHM. 2015. Les oiseaux rares au Maroc. Rapport de la Commission d’Homologation Marocaine, Numéro 20 (2014). Go-South Bulletin 12: 1–23.

Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) and Desert Sparrow (Passer simplex), Oued Jenna, Aousserd, southern Morocco, 4 March 2014 (Jorrit Vlot). This mega-rarity in the Western Palearctic is becoming more regular at Aousserd.

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