Birds in Morocco

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.

Parrots in the gardens of Mohammedia

Rosy-faced Lovebird (Agapornis roseicollis – Inséparable rosegorge), Mohammedia, 7 April 2015 (Ines Beert)

Some feral parrots observed in the gardens and parks of Mohammedia, Morocco: Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus): A group of eight Senegal Parrots  is frequently observed since mid-2011 in the gardens of Mohammedia. They probably escaped from captivity, but their numbers implies that they may breed locally. Will they manage to establish a breeding population or …

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House Bunting finally colonised Tétouan, northern Morocco

An incubating House Bunting (note the brood patch), near the Faculty of Sciences, Tétouan, 29 March 2013 (Rachid El Khamlichi)

The House Bunting (Emberiza sahari) colonised Tangier in mid-2000. However, despite searching the species has never been recorded at Tétouan or at any other locality in northernmost Morocco outside of Tangier. The House Bunting at Tétouan was recorded thanks to Yousef El Ouahabi who had been observing them visiting his house to feed with the …

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Little Grebe catching a newt (Pleurodeles waltl)

A Little Grebe just caught a Sharp-ribbed Newt (Pleurodeles waltl), Sidi Bettache, Morocco (Saad Rih).

This Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) photographed while catching a sharp-ribbed newt (Pleurodeles waltl) at a small pond near Sidi Bettache, western Morocco (Saad Rih). The prey, also known as Iberian ribbed newt, is a near threatened Ibero-Moroccan endemic. The Little Grebe is mainly piscivorous (fish-eater), although it’s known to take bigger prey such as newts (Wilkinson …

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Why Marsh Owl in Morocco is endangered and how to save it?

Moroccan Marsh Owl (Asio capensis tingitanus), Merja Zerga (António Gonçalves).

Marsh Owl is a critically endangered species is Morocco. This piece tries to address one of the main problems causing its decline, and your help is much appreciated. Marsh Owl (Asio capensis) is a typical owl restricted to Africa and its biggest island. Three subspecies are recognised: 1) the nominate subspecies which has the largest …

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