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Index of articles about bird conservation in the broad sense, these include pieces about:

Species of conservation concern (declining and/or endangered species, range-restricted species,…). The articles can be about a success story, a worrying observation,…etc.; and

Threats to birds and other wildlife (illegal hunting, illegal bird trade, bird electrocution,…). These articles have been written from the point of view of raising the awareness of the involved people (e.g. hunters) than about the problem per se. Generally, these are written mainly in Arabic and/or French (In the majority of them, an English version is included below in the same page).

First North African Ostrich nest in the wild in Morocco

Nest of the North African Ostrich (Struthio camelus camelus), Mhamid region, south-east Morocco, March 2024 (Mohammed Znari).

North African Ostrich (or Red-necked Ostrich) nests in the wild in Morocco for the first time in decades. In Morocco, the wild population of the North African Ostrich (Struthio camelus camelus) experienced a significant decline in the 19th century, leading to its complete disappearance by the second half of the 20th century. Note that while […]

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Northern Bald Ibis breeds in Switzerland for the first time in 400 years

Northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita) sitting on its nest built on the windowsill of a Harley-Davidson dealer in an industrial area near Zurich airport, June 2023 (Martin Meier).

First breeding of the Northern Bald Ibis in Switzerland in 400 years. A pair have chosen to nest in a very strange place: a windowsill of a Harley-Davidson dealer. The only remaining wild colonies of the Northern Bald Ibis are located in the Souss-Massa National Park and Tamri cliffs, south-west Morocco. Two reintroduction projects are

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Conservation of Double-spurred Francolin in Morocco

Double-spurred Francolin / Francolin à double éperon (Pternistis bicalcaratus), Central Plateau, Morocco, 31 December 2021 (Abdeljebbar Qninba).

A report on recent efforts to conserve the Double-spurred Francolin in Morocco through its reintroduction to its former historic range. Double-spurred Francolin (Pternistis bicalcaratus) occurs in two disjoint areas. The largest population is distributed mainly in West Africa eastwards to Cameroon and south-western tip of Chad in Central Africa. The second population, which is much

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Griffon Vulture breeds at Jbel Moussa, Morocco

Griffon Vultures mating at Jbel Moussa, northern Morocco, January 2021 (Jbel Moussa Vulture Rehabilitation Centre).

Griffon Vulture started breeding again in Morocco following a very successful reintroduction trial at Jbel Moussa by the Moroccan Department of Forestry in cooperation with GREPOM. Watching Griffon Vultures mating and starting breeding for the first time ever at Jbel Moussa is a real joy. And that’s for several reasons, the most important of which

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Algerian Nuthatch habitat threatened by a controversial project

Algerian Nuthatch (Sitta ledanti), Bouafroun Forest, Djimla, Algeria, July 2019 (Walid Soukkou).

A project to create a “recreational forest” in the Bouafroun Forest in Djimla could jeopardise the habitat of the Algerian Nuthatch and other wildlife according to Algerian environmental activists. The project named “Bouafoune Forest for Entertainment and Recreation, Jijel” is developed by a private investor under the name “Bouafroune Services & Commerce Ltd”.  It was

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GPS tags cause corneal opacity in Northern Bald Ibis

Northern Bald Ibis ‘SHORTY’ (ring number 028), Waldrappteam, LIFE Northern Bald Ibis.

Unilateral corneal opacity as a result of GPS tracking in a European Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) population released in the context of a LIFE+ reintroduction project Fritz J., Eberhard B., Esterer C., Trobe D. & Scope A. Waldrappteam | LIFE Northern Bald Ibis | 6162 Mutters, AustriaCorresponding author: Johannes Fritz | jfritz@waldrapp.eu | www.waldrapp.eu

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Turtle Dove slaughter in Morocco by foreign hunters (video)

Turtle Dove slaughter in Marrakech region by foreign hunters. Those same hunters appeared in the video and other photos not shown here.

A massacre of nearly 1500 Turtle Doves in one day by foreign tourist hunters in the Marrakech region sparked great outrage in Morocco. The total exceeded by three times the hunting quota set by the law according to an official inquiry. A hunting party organized in the region of Marrakech has turned into a real

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Record breeding season for Northern Bald Ibis in Morocco

Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) in Morocco (Youness Tamraoui).

The Northern Bald Ibis population in Morocco had yet another good breeding season in 2018 despite the adverse weather conditions during the chick rearing period. The breeding population in the two colonies of Souss-Massa National Park and Tamri has reached a record number of 147 breeding pairs (122 pairs in 2017, see graph below). The

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