Bird Migration

Index of articles about bird migration, wintering and dispersion in Northwest Africa and adjacent areas.

4 Cinereous Vultures crossing the Strait of Gibraltar in one day

4 Cinereous Vultures / Vautours moines (Aegypius monachus), near Tanger-Med Port, 10 Nov. 2017 (Rachid El Khamlichi).

Yet another ‘big day’ for raptor migration (especially vultures) at the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar. Last Friday, Rachid El Khamlichi, Cécile Krystelle and Radu Adrian counted: 2700 Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus). We are now used to seeing such big numbers crossing the Strait in late autumn (October/November). 4 Cinereous Vultures (Aegypius monachus). …

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Spring raptor migration at Jbel Moussa in 2016 (report)

Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppelli) with 2 Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus), Jbel Moussa, Morocco, 2 May 2016.

Census of vultures and other raptors during the prenuptial migration 2016 on the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, Jbel Moussa – Morocco. During 68 days between 22 February and 20 August 2016, more than 24000 birds belonging to 20 species were counted on the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, in particular …

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Northern Bald Ibis crossing between Spain and Morocco

Colour-ringed Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) from the reintroduction project in Andalusia, Spain observed at Merja Bergha, Morocco, May 2007 (Todor Todorov).

The only viable wild population of Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) exists in Morocco. The tiny wild population in Syrian desert is unfortunately on the verge of extinction. There is also a semi-wild population in Turkey. In Europe, there are two reintroduction projects: one in Austria and Germany (Waldrapp Project), and another in Andalusia, Spain …

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Vulture migration at the Strait of Gibraltar, November 2016

Scopoli's Shearwaters (Calonectris diomedea) migrating between container ships, Strait of Gibraltar, 2 Nov 2016 (Juan Ramírez Román)

The following describes the experience of Juan Ramírez Román and his friend Antonio Román Muñoz in northern Morocco. They visited the area around Jbel Moussa between 2 and 4 November to witness vulture migration. Afterwrd, they also made a short visit to lower Loukkos marshes. Both the English summary and the detailed Spanish version below …

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Lesser Spotted Eagles at Jbel Moussa, Morocco

Lesser Spotted Eagle at Jbel Moussa, northern Morocco, 24 June 2017 (Rachid El Khamlichi)

Single Lesser Spotted Eagles (Clanga pomarina) migrating through the Strait of Gibraltar in northern Morocco in 2016 and 2017. The first observation is of a 2nd calendar-year bird photographed at Jbel Moussa on 21 May 2016. This is the fourth record of the species in Morocco. The first Moroccan record was observed at Merzouga in April 1996 by …

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Tracked Bonelli’s Eagles reached Africa for the first time

Bonelli’s Eagle ‘Zahara’ passing through the Strait of Gibraltar

The recent migration of two young Bonelli’s Eagles across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco shows an unknown dispersive movement in this species. This confirms once again the importance of North Africa to the Iberian raptors. The Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata) is usually resident across its breeding range. However, some immature birds sometimes make large dispersive …

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Spanish Imperial Eagle recovering space beyond borders

Juvenile Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) seen at Tarifa, Spain about to cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco

Tracking Spanish Imperial Eagles showed the scale of their movements in Morocco and Africa in general. In 2015, six young satellite-tracked Spanish Imperial Eagles (Aquila adalberti) visited North Africa from Andalusia, southern Spain. A recent article by researchers from the Doñana Biological Station (EBD-CSIC) and the Government of Andalusia explored the subject of these eagles’ …

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Vulture migration at the Strait of Gibraltar, November 2015

Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) migrating south, Strait of Gibraltar, northern Morocco, 23 November 2015

A summary of vulture migration census during November 2015 at Jbel Moussa and Punta Cires (Dalia beach) on the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, northern Morocco: 4 November: More than 400 Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) crossed the Strait of Gibraltar this day at Jbel Moussa and Punta Cires. They were first detected (by …

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