Bird Migration

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

Spring raptor migration at Jbel Moussa in 2017 (report)

Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppelli) observed on 6 and 24 June at Jbel Moussa, northern Morocco

Census of vultures and other raptors in the 2017 prenuptial migration on the southern shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, Jbel Moussa – Morocco During the spring migration of 2017 at Jbel Moussa, and depending on the prevailing weather conditions and in particular with moderate westerlies, the census was carried out during 64 days from …

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4 Cinereous Vultures crossing the Strait of Gibraltar in one day

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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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