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Index of articles about “Moroccan birds”: ornithological studies and reports, rare birds sightings, general birding news,…etc. In short, everything about birds and birding in Morocco is filed under this category.

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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Lanner Falcons hunt a Fennec Fox (video)

A pair of Lanner Falcons (Falco biarmicus) cooperatively hunt a Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda) in southern Morocco

A pair of Lanner Falcons (Falco biarmicus) cooperatively hunt a Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda) in southern Morocco. The video below showing two Lanner Falcons engaging in cooperative hunting of a fully grown Fennec Fox. The footage was captured by members of the Association Anafis in the Qatari hunting reserve within the Boujdour region, southern Morocco.

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Golden Nightjar, Sudan Golden Sparrow at Aousserd

Golden Nightjar / Engoulevent doré (Caprimulgus eximius), Aousserd, Western Sahara, southern Morocco, 10 March 2023 (Zoltan Bajor).

The return of Golden Nightjar, Sudan Golden Sparrow, and other Aousserd interesting birds after they had been missing for the last few years. Understandably, their absence during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic was due to travel restrictions. Some birders who visited the Aousserd region last year did miss some of the Western Palearctic rarities

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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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Moroccan Red List of birds: request for information

Moussier's Redstart (Phoenicurus moussieri), a Maghreb endemic species (Brahim Bakass)

‘GREPOM/BirdLife Morocco’ in partnership with the Department of Water and Forests (the Government entity responsible for biodiversity conservation) are currently developing a Red List of birds of Morocco. Once finalized, this Red List will be an important tool to help inform conservation actions in the country in the years to come. To ensure the quality

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First Lapland Longspur and 2nd Yellow-billed Cuckoo for Morocco

Lapland Longspur / Plectrophane lapon (Calcarius lapponicus), near Dayet Dar Bouazza, Casablanca, Morocco, 13 Nov. 2021 (Benoit Maire)

Two very rare visitors from North America and the Arctic landed in Morocco recently: Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Lapland Longspur. Lapland Longspur A Lapland Longspur was found at a small pond near Dayet Dar Bouazza on 13 November 2021 by Benoit Maire. Dayet Dar Bouazza and the adjacent pond where the bird was found are small

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