First records

Articles about the first records of different bird species for Morocco, Algeria or Tunisia (and occasionally for adjacent countries as well).

Golden Nightjar at Aousserd: first Western Palearctic record

Golden Nightjar / Engoulevent doré (Caprimulgus eximius), Aousserd, Western Sahara, Morocco; 3 May 2015 (Jurek Dyczkowski)

A Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) was observed crossing the road between Dakhla and Aousserd and hit by the observers’ car and died on 3 May 2015 (J. Dyczkowski & R. Smykala). This is the first confirmed record for Morocco and the Western Palearctic. This interesting record confirms once more that the Aousserd region is one of the best birding …

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First record of American Purple Gallinule for Morocco

American Purple Gallinule / Talève violacée (Porphyrio martinicus), Kenitra, Morocco, 15 Nov. 2014 (Antoine Rougeron / Surfbirds).

An American Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus) found at Kenitra, northwest Morocco on 15 November 2014. This is the first record for Morocco and Northwest Africa. Thomas S. Lahlafi, who reported the news, commented: “The bird found very weak in the city of Kenitra three days ago by my uncle, and was collected to his garden. …

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First Long-tailed Duck for Morocco and Africa

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis), Oualidia lagoon, Morocco, 6 June 2014 (Vaughan Ashby)

Long-tailed Duck at Oualidia: it’s the first record for Morocco and continental Africa. A female Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) was photographed at the lagoons just northeast of Oualidia on 5 and 6 June 2014 (photo above). The bird was found by Bart Brieffies during a ‘Birdfinders’ trip that included eight birders from four European nations. …

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First White-backed Vulture for Morocco and North Africa

White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) and Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) on the right, Tétouan, northern Morocco, 25 May 2014

A mega Western Palearctic rarity! Yesterday, we reported the observation of 3 Rüppell’s Vultures at a carcass near Tétouan, northern Morocco. Today, we went back to the site and to our great pleasure we found a White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) with the other birds that roosted locally the previous night. At our arrival at the …

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First White-throated Bee-eater for the Western Palearctic

White-throated Bee-eater / Guêpier à gorge blanche (Merops albicollis), Dakhla bay, 10 March 2017 (Phil Abbott).

A White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) was observed at ‘Gleb Jdiane’, Oued Dahab, on 5 and 6 December 2013 by Noëlle and Hervé Jacob (see the short video). This would be the first record for Morocco if accepted by the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee (MRBC). There was no previous observation of White-throated Bee-eater in the Western …

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