A Pied Crow (Corvus albus) was photographed at Oum Azza, south-east of Rabat on 1 May 2017 by Petteri Lehikoinen and his group. The coordinates of the ‘village’ are: 33.8808333, -6.7858333
Since most of the birds seen in other regions are/were long-time residents, I think counting the localities where the species has been recorded is much better than counting the same bird twice or more times. So, this is the 5th region where this sub-Saharan species has been recorded in Morocco. The previous regions were/are:
- Chtoukan, Oued Dahab: the well-known breeding pair and their young (2009-2011).
- Fnideq, Strait of Gibraltar: since March 2015 (still present).
- Mhamid, eastern Sahara: since November 2015 (still present).
- Khnifiss Lagoon, Tarfaya: first seen in north-east of Tarfaya on 9 January 2017 and then at the Khenifiss Lagoon on 23 Jan. – most likely the same bird.
Petteri wrote in his website Calling Birds an interesting review of the status of Pied Crow in the south-western corner of Western Palearctic (Morocco, the Iberian Peninsula and the Canary Islands).
Thanks for mentioning this record in twitter!