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Kingdom of Morocco

Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita ©Adam Riley Website

Morocco is situated in the northwest corner of Africa, between c 21° and 36° N, and is basically an African country with a large Mediterranean region. Except for the extreme south that is part of the Sahara, rains fall mainly during the cool season (October - April) and the summers are hot and dry; drought prevails in the Saharan region throughout the year. Friendly people, great scenery and bird specialities; Morocco is one of the favourite destination for birders in search of endangered or rare species such as Bald Ibis, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Tawny Eagle, Eleonora's Falcon, and African Marsh Owl, as well as other species such as Dupont's Lark, Moussier's Redstart, Desert Warbler, Black-crowned Tchagra, and Desert Sparrow.

The Country divides into a number of geo-physical regions, and this influences the birds that are found there.

Mountains, 5 ranges are aligned along a NE - SW axis, and these include the Rif along the Mediterranean coast (2456m, Jbel Tidighine); the Central Plateau (1627m, Jbel Mtouzgane); the Middle Atlas (3340m, Jbel Bou-Naceur); the High Atlas (4167m, Jbel Toubkal) and the Anti-Atlas (3304m, Jbel Siroua). Despite high human and animal pressure, forests of broad-leaved and coniferous trees are still widespread.

Atlantic Morocco includes rich agricultural plains and more barren and dry plateaux. Most of the original forest has been turned into matorral- or shrub-type vegetation after intensive cutting and grazing, but some has been well preserved (eg 'Forêt de la Mamora' with Cork Oak in the Rharb) however, large tracts of eucalyptus have been planted. The Souss valley, with its unique Argan woodland, lies between the High and Anti-Atlas.

Eastern Morocco, except for the area adjacent to the Mediterranean coast, is dry with especially hot summers and cold winters; the High Plateaux rise to over 1000m and are covered with a steppe type vegetation dominated by Artemisia herba-alba and Stipa tenacissima.

Saharan Morocco lies to the south of the High and Anti-Atlas. In the Eastern part, palm oases stretch along the rivers (Oueds) but the region is mainly large stony regs (pebble desert) covered with Hammada scoparia; acacias thickets grow along the wadi bottoms. The drought is attenuated in a 15-200 km wide strip along the Atlantic coast, which receives moisture from the ocean; the coast is mainly rocky.

The Birds

454 species have been recorded in Morocco and 209 regularly breed there. Most (c85%) breed north of the Atlas Mountains, because of the moister climate and more diversified habitat, so only about 35% breed in the Saharan region.

Every year, millions of West European migrants go to and pass through Morocco, mainly from late July to early November in the autumn, and from March to May in the spring. Most, especially passerines, migrate by night or over-fly too high to be seen during the day; others, like waders and gulls, often stop at wetlands to refuel, and provide unforgettable sights. The Straits of Gibraltar is famous for concentrating soaring birds, especially storks and raptors.

120 species are regular winter visitors, including 34 that are at the southern limit of their wintering range. 115 other species have been recorded as accidental visitors, either from Europe and Asia (e.g. Great Knot and Pectoral Sandpiper); from Tropical Africa (e.g. Brown Booby and Lesser Flamingo); or from Northern America (e.g. Blue-winged Teal and Laughing Gull).

Birding hotspots

Several wetlands spread along the Atlantic coast that are rightly famous for their migrant and wintering waders and gulls. These include Merja Zerga, Lac de Sidi Bou-Rhaba, Sidi-Moussa-Oualidia lagoons, and the Souss and Massa estuaries along the North coast, Khnifiss lagoon and Dakhla and Cintra Bays along the Saharan coast. The islets off Essaouira shelter a colony of Eleonora`s Falcons. The Mediterranean coast includes two major wetlands: Sebkha Bou-Areg and the Moulouya estuary.

Mountains shelter a rich avifauna; this can be seen best on the Plateau des Lacs in the Middle Atlas (Crested Coot, Levaillant's Woodpecker, etc.) and at Oukaimeden in the High Atlas (Atlas Shore Lark, Alpine Accentor, Rock Sparrow, & Crimson-winged Finch).

Many desert-living species, including larks, wheatears and sandgrouses, are widespread in desert Morocco; others are more restricted in range, and birding hotspots include the temporary lake of Merzouga near Erfoud (waders and ducks in the desert!) bordered by the only large Moroccan sand dunes, the so-called Erg Chebbi (Desert Warbler, Brown-necked Raven, Desert Sparrow et al); and the Barrage Mansour-Eddahbi near Ouarzazate.

The Souss valley is famous for Dark Chanting Goshawk and Tawny Eagle, and the Straits of Gibraltar for the impressive raptor migration.

There are, of course, hundreds of other sites worth exploring for Ruddy Shelduck, Marbled Teal, Black-winged Kite, Booted and Bonelli's Eagles, Lanner and Barbary Falcons, Double-spurred Francolin, Purple Gallinule, Houbara and Great Bustards, Cream-coloured Courser, Desert Eagle Owl, Plain Swift, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Scrub and Tristram's Warblers, Fulvous Babbler or Black-crowned Tchagra… so, when you visit, explore for yourselves.

Contributor

Patrick Bergier

pbergier@yahoo.fr

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 444

Endemics

Number of endemics: 1

Bald Ibis [Waldrapp] Geronticus eremita

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Useful Reading

Prion Birdwatcher's Guide to Morocco

Patrick Bergier, Fedora Bergier Paperback - 172 pages (2003) Prion Ltd

ISBN: 1871104092

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Birdwatching Guide to Morocco

Peter Combridge and Alan Snook 64 pages, 16 col plates, b/w illus, 17 b/w maps. Arlequin Press 1997

ISBN: 1900159651

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The Birds of Morocco

by M. Thevenot, R. Vernon & P. Bergier. £45 from British Ornithologists' Union | PO Box 417, Peterborough PE7 3FX, UK
Tel & Fax +44 (0) 1 733 844 820

Finding Birds in Morocco: The Deserts

By Dave Gosney | Published by Easybirder | Softcover Booklet | 2009 | £7.50

ISBN: 9781907316029

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Finding Birds in Morocco: The Deserts

By Dave Gosney | Published by Easybirder | DVD | 2009 | £15.95

ISBN: 1907316035

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Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Pal

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Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Birdfinders

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Morocco is a land of great contrasts, from wide sandy Atlantic beaches to snow-capped mountains over 13,000 feet high, to sand and stone deserts. The birds are equally diverse, from rare and highly-endangered species like Northern Bald Ibis to enigmatic and difficult species like Desert Sparrow…

Josele J. Saiz

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Better known for his wonderful birder's guesthouse in the Pyrenees [Boletas]; Josele guides throughout Spain and Morocco…

Wingspan Bird Tours

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WINGSPAN BIRD TOURS offer a range of exciting bird-watching holidays and Bird Tours throughout Spain, Morocco, Lesvos and Portugal. Our Bird-watching breaks range from day trips in Andalucia to 10 days in Morocco. We cater for beginners and accomplished birders alike, we offer good value, good company and great birding…

Julian Sykes Wildlife Holidays

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Morocco is arguably the best and most well-known of the North African Countries with a vast array of habitats and species to work through, this magical country also harbours many speciality birds, which are very difficult to find elsewhere in the Western Palearctic. During the holiday we will visit a diversity of habitats seeing many of the endemic and scarce species this country is famous for…

Rockjumper Birding Tours

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With breathtaking scenery, great food, complex history and fabulous birding, Morocco has become a vital destination for serious and casual birders alike. To boot, the country harbors one of Earth’s most critically endangered birds, the Northern Bald Ibis or Waldrapp. We offer two tours to Morocco.

Aviantours

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Aviantours promises to teach the art of bird photography & digiscoping as well as offering birdwatching tours in Spain, Morocco & Gibraltar….

Green Trek

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Mourad Sahih is a guide of mountain and desert of Morocco, he accompanies and organises excursions, in the mountains, in the desert and in Atlantic coast, visits to the imperial cities and excursions. He also proposes circuits for Bird Watching Accompanied by British Bird Watchers.

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

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*Trip Report Repository - Go-South

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This has the very best and most up to date repository of trip reports for Morocco… from Patrick Bergier author of the fieldguide!

2007 [03 March] - Kevin Shaw

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…Sous Massa National Park is a great way to spend the day, and Little Owl and Blue Rock Thrush greet us briefly as we get ready to wander by the river. Great birding here, as migrants are all around. We soon see Subalpine and Olivaceous Warblers, Chiffchaff and a female Moussier’s Redstart. Black-crowned Tchagra is also an important addition. The bird is known to be shy, and Pat doesn’t see it, but don’t worry – this one isn’t too shy, and soon she has it in full view – strongly patterned striped head, brown wings and grey body, long tail; we enjoy very good views. As we walk we see several Laughing Doves, and one is really special – the bird is sunning with one wing extended and we can all see the bluish wing panel, a really lovely little dove…

2007 [03 March] - Mark How

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Four of the Bishops Stortford Crew headed to Southern Morocco for a weeks birding, we had a good trip and only really missed the desert specialties as we spent little time there…

2008 [03 March] - Bob Buckler

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Our group of seven ‘Wing-spanners’ toured the wonderful countryside of Morocco in early March, visiting the high Atlas Mountains, the stony plains of the ‘Hammada’, the southeast region of Tafilalt, (the area closest to the Sahara), the lush Sous valley and the coastal estuary of the Oued Sous and the Massa national park…

2008 [11 November] - Alan Miller

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Once again, Anne and I booked a two-week package holiday through Eclipse Direct and stayed in Agadir at the Riu Hotel Le Tikida Beach on an ‘all-inclusive’ basis. We flew direct from Manchester to Agadir with Thompson Air with good flight times, departing Manchester at 10.00hrs on 5th, and Agadir at 14.35hrs on 19th. The flights were less than 4 hours long and there was no time difference between the UK and Morocco…

2008 [06 June] - Georges Olioso & Jean-Marc Pons

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…The avifauna of the region of Ifrane looks like that of the center of France. Most of the species are the same but are represented to it by different subspecies, sometimes even very different (Chaffinch, Wheatear, Jay). Some species are different : North African Tit Parus (teneriffae) ultramarinus, Atlas Flycatcher Ficedula (hypoleuca) speculigera, Levaillant’s Woodpecker Picus vaillantii and Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus or Crested Coot Fulica cristata…

2007 [12 December] -Brian & Isabel Eady

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…On our arrival at Oued Sous we were greeted by a few more lifers, namely the beautiful Moussier’s Redstart and Sardinian Warbler accompanied by the plentiful European Stonechat. Across the water we noted quite a few of the Moroccan race of Great Cormorant ( moroccanus ). We sorted out a number of Audouin’s Gulls and a few Black-headed Gulls from the hundreds of gulls at the river mouth, but disappointingly we could only find one of the tern species, namely the Sandwich Tern…

2008 [03 March] - Mark Finn

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…In the same area Levaillant’s Woodpeckers and Horned Larks were also present. Larks and wheatears were conspicuous this year with Thick-billed Larks and Mourning Wheatears being recorded. In the extreme south we again connected with the declining Houbara Bustard and nomadic Desert Sparrow…

2009 [03 March] - Mark Finn

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…In the same area Levaillant’s Woodpeckers and Horned Larks were also present. Larks and wheatears were conspicuous this year with Thick-billed Larks and Mourning Wheatears being recorded. In the extreme south we again connected with the declining Houbara Bustard and nomadic Desert Sparrow. Migration was generally slow this year with many birds covering large areas due to high rain fall levels in the Sahara Desert. On the coast waders were again present in good numbers plus a few seabirds offshore. North of Agadir the Northern Bald Ibis population appears to be stable or slightly increasing which is a good sign for the future…

2011 [04 April] - Mick Bell

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Our last visit saw us travel east from Marrakech over the High Atlas and as far as Boumalne du Dades, and whilst we picked up a number of the Moroccan specialties, this time we planned to venture further east to the edge of the Sahara with a view to seeing birds such as Desert Sparrow, Desert Warbler, Scrub Warbler, Pharaoh’s Eagle Owl, Fulvous Babbler, Brown-necked Raven and Blue-cheeked Bee eater. We also scheduled a diversion to Oukaimeden, for a second attempt at Crimson-winged Finch following an unsuccessful visit there in 2008…

2010 [03 March] - Christopher Hall

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Thanks to the expertise of our local guide, we saw 152 species including many of the specialities of this exciting country such as Ruddy Shelduck, Marbled Duck, Long-legged Buzzard, Lanner and Barbary Falcons, Houbara Bustard, Cream-coloured Courser, Audouin’s Gull, Laughing Dove, Pharaoh Eagle Owl… …Crimson-winged Finch and even the mega rare Bald Ibis! However, we didn’t just see all these birds, we saw them all really, really well.

2012 [02 February] - Peterborough Bird Club

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It is often really cold in mid February so a short adventure to a desert seemed like a good idea & that’s what we merry gang of a dozen did just a few weeks ago. I hadn’t flown from Luton for something like 20 years & was surprised how compact, relaxed & intimate it was – especially the security frisking…

2012 [04 April] - Ken Musgrove

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… A flock of Pallid Swifts and a White Stork flew overhead as we exited the plane and a House Bunting sang from the airport building. After completing entry forms, passing through passport control and changing currency, we were at the Alamo car rental an hour or so later. As this was our first visit to Morocco we had decided to go upmarket and hire a 4x4. Again after a great deal of waiting, we completed the formalities (and observed two more House Buntings inside the terminal building) and were taken to our vehicle – a filthy Pajero and not the Toyota Prada we had pre-booked. This meant a trip across the city to the main office so that the car could be washed and cleaned, before we could be on our way…

2012 [03 March] - Ray Thorneycroft

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…The trip was made by four birders: Mick Bellas, Ian Hedge, Chris Johnson, and Ray Thorneycroft. It was instigated a couple of months earlier, when Easyjet were advertising flights to Marrakesh for £88.return. Mick booked the flights, and the car. Chris worked up an itinerary, and booked all the hotels….

2013 [02 February] - Andrew Przeslak

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…Here we found a small mixed flock of Horned Larks and Crimson-winged Finches. Both were very tame, providing good photographic opportunities. They were feeding close by and would soon return when disturbed. On the surrounding rocky slopes we saw Rock Petronias, Black Redstart and we watched our first raptor – a Long-legged Buzzard in the middle distance….

2013 [03 March] - Chris Townend - South Morocco

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…A couple of roadside stops on our return journey produced White- throated Dipper and Green Sandpiper in a mountain stream and then a little lower down some more excellent views of Levaillant’s Woodpecker as well as Atlas Coal Tit, Cirl Bunting, African Blue Tit and Rock Bunting…

2013 [04 April] - David Walsh - High Atlas & Sahara

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…Singing ‘Saharan’ Olivaceous Warblers perched up nicely in the tamarisks, whilst nearby we compared Kentish, Little Ringed and Common Ringed Plovers. Two Curlew Sandpipers and three Black-winged Stilts were the pick of the other waders on show, and the birds on the lake itself included a large flock of Ruddy Shelducks…

2013 [05 May] - Dani Lopez-Velasco

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…A total of 219 species was recorded during the tour, a slightly lower number than on tours earlier in the spring, when migration is in full swing, but pretty much all targets and important birds, the ones you come here for, including the near-endemic and late arriving Atlas Pied Flycatcher, were logged. Amongst the highlights, an impressive count of 650 Black-necked Grebes near Ifrane, a flock of more than 1200 Ruddy Shelducks, together with flamingos and many other species, with the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi as backdrop all making for an impressive sight, good numbers of Marbled and White-headed Ducks, excellent views of the holy grail of all moroccan birds, the critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis…

2014 [03 March] - Mohamed Bargache

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Agadir airport via Massa and Tiznit to Guelmin and then to Fort Bou-Jerif. 4 hours, about 230 km. Mohamed Bargache from Massa and Frederick & Jean-Claud from Tiznit. Birds after Guelmin Oen des 3 and Oen moe 1male. At F B-J river shore But ruf 1 , Fal tin 1, Ath noc (Little owl) 2+1+2, Pyc bar (bulbul) 5 and Gal cri 5 & Gal the 1 larks….

2014 [02 February] - Mohamed Bargache

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Mohamed met me bang on time at my Agadir hotel (Appart Hotel Taradirt – not one of the best in the area, but very cheap at Euro 174 for six nights including a sparse breakfast!). We headed straight for the estuary of the Oued Souss which is only 10 minutes from the centre of Agadir. A nice start to the day, with an Osprey and a large flock of Flamingos, one Spoonbill and a passing Alpine Swift…

2014 [11 November] - Thomas Barker

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...I collected the car from airport around 8.30 and after paperwork etc. was leaving around 9.00 and I decided my first stop would be Oukaimeden. A few stops on the way to the top provided views of European Kestrel, Raven and a large flock of Serin plus some Greenfinches. At each stop someone appeared trying to sell me fossils etc. They were friendly but very persistent. Driving up to the top there was in the distance a huge mixed flock of at least 250 Alpine Chough and Chough. At the top there was a small reservoir. Around here there were Moroccan Wagtails, Serins and Linnets. There were also a lot of Chough on the turf feeding. There was no snow apart from at the top of the distant peaks – this didn’t bode well for finding the target – Crimson Winged Finch. On the grassy plains were several Seebohms Wheatears...

2014 [11 November] - Martin Pitt

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...East of Jorf – only listed as comment to Dave Gosney’s guide. The areas of Erfoud 29km and 35km are too commercialised and disturbed; however about 37km to Erfoud there is a pull off with a well and a rocky outcrop to the south of the road by a wadi crossing. In our first 10 minutes we had found Trumpeter Finch, Desert Lark and Hoopoe Lark and there is probably more to find here. We saw a Lanner falcon in the area on our trip back at the end of the week....

2014 [11 November] - Martin Pitt

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...East of Jorf – only listed as comment to Dave Gosney’s guide. The areas of Erfoud 29km and 35km are too commercialised and disturbed; however about 37km to Erfoud there is a pull off with a well and a rocky outcrop to the south of the road by a wadi crossing. In our first 10 minutes we had found Trumpeter Finch, Desert Lark and Hoopoe Lark and there is probably more to find here. We saw a Lanner falcon in the area on our trip back at the end of the week....

2015 [05 May] - Kari Haataja

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I made one week birding trip to Northern Morocco during the first week of May. My main targets were to find Small Buttonquail and Atlas Pied Flycatcher to my WP list. Additionally I wanted to see Seebohm's Wheatears.

2015 [05 May] - Ben Macdonald

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This was the most intense of all my expeditions so far – an overwhelming, frenetic, stressful, vibrant and rewarding trip to one of the most remarkable countries in the Western Palearctic. As in 2010, the richness of experience was cultural as well as ornithological, with a tide of amazing encounters sustaining a manic trip that took me from the Atlantic Coast to the Sahara, High Atlas and almost everywhere in between.

2015 [05 May] - Jelmer Poelstra - Morocco and Western Sahara

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This report describes a 17­-day birding trip to Morocco and Western Sahara, from April 18th to May 4th, 2015.

2015 [02 February] - Jochim Bertands

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Between the 31st of January and the 16th of February 2015, five Belgian birders tried to score as many lifers as possible in Morocco and Western Sahara. From Charleroi we flew to Casablanca and hired a car. We drove southwards to Western Sahara with some stops in Oualidia, Essaouira, Tamri, Cap Rhir, Oued Massa, Guelmin, Tan-Tan and Khniffis Lagoon.

2015 [03 March] - Peter Stronach - Morocco & Western Sahara

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2016 [03 March] - Chris Durdin

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Our main destination this morning was the nesting cliffs of bald ibises at Tamri, where a black-eared wheatear was perching out in the open as we arrived. There we met three people from GREPOM/BirdLife Morocco, led by Mohamed Dakki, GREPOM’s President. Also with the welcoming group was Oubrou Widade of Souss-Massa National Park, and she gave a succinct introduction to the conservation challenges for bald ibises, which is managed as a partnership between GREPOM and the National Park. Numbers tell a success story: when the project started in 1994, there were 225 birds and 60 pairs. Now there are 500 birds and 116 pairs, and last year breeding success was high... We also learnt that GREPOM’s funding for wardens has dried up, so our holiday’s donation of £800 is quite a lifeline, funding pay and expenses for two wardens for two months...

2016 [04 April] - Legacy Tours - Mohamed Bargache

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2016 [03 March] - Lisle Gwynn

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2016 [02 February] - Mark Beevers & Markus Lilje

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2016 [02 February] - Benoit Forget

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2015 [10 October] - Martin Pitt - Marrakech & High Atlas

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This was another trip that was focused as a holiday for my wife and me, but the natural world is an important ingredient rather than being solely a birding trip. We had previously been to Morocco on four earlier occasions and this was to some extent unfinished business as we were flooded out from returning to Marrakech in November 2014, due the exceptional flooding in and around Ouarzazate.

2015 [09 September] - Jesse Fagan

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Another good trip and a very productive one for birds! One of our best totals yet, with scarcely a logistical hiccup, and pretty fine weather throughout. We saw 210 bird taxa, which included a few interesting subspecies (and potential splits), tried our fill of tagine, and witnessed spectacular sunsets and guys charming cobras.

2015 [06 June] - Peter Lansdown

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2016 [04 April] - David Walsh

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The 2016 Ornitholidays spring tour to Morocco once again produced an outstanding set of quality birds in a range of awe-inspiring settings. Starting in the Atlas Mountains, we found African Crimson-winged Finch and Seebohm’s Wheatear at Oukaimeden having seen Moussier’s Redstart on the way up. A singing Tristram’s Warbler in the Ourika Valley was a surprise before we headed over the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, seeing a Levaillant’s Green Woodpecker en route. Mansour Lake was superb this year, with Red-knobbed Coot and 50 Collared Pratincoles amongst numerous highlights.

2016 [06 June] - Peter Lansdown

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2017 [02 February] - Mark Beevers & Clayton Burne

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...Heading down towards the estuary mouth, we kept picking up good species – a flock of over 50 Spanish Sparrow, Eurasian Wryneck, Common Kingfisher, Bluethroat, European Stonechat, a number of Moussier’s Redstart, European Greenfinch, Common Linnet and a Corn Bunting. Common Quail and Water Rail remained heard only as is the norm...

2017 [02 February] - Bob Swann

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...Woke to find it was raining! After breakfast headed east up the Sous valley. En route lots of roadside Collared Dove, Magpie, Spotless Starling, Blackbird, White Wagtail, Common Bulbul, with a few Crested Lark, Song Thrush, Chaffinch and Serin. Many Barn Swallow and a Common Swift moving north...

2017 [10 October] - Graeme Wright - Western Sahara and Morocco

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...This was a little challenging as often this is a two week trip. However we got all our key targets except Dunns’s Lark and Golden Nightjar...

2017 [02 February] – Simon Tonkin & Niki Williamson – Tarifa & Morocco

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Among the ever-arriving hirundines, huge groups of black kites were crossing the sea in towering columns of fifty or more birds at a time and arriving low all around us. It was a thrilling sight and we counted over a thousand birds overall during the morning.

Organisations

Moroccan Rare Birds Committee

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The Moroccan Rare Birds Committee (MRBC); or Commission d`Homologation Marocaine (CHM); was formed in 1995, and currently consists of 10 members (Patrick Bergier, Mostafa Fareh, Ahmed El Ghazi, Jacques Franchimont, Christian Pouteau, Ahmed Sayad, Valéry Schollaert, Michel Thévenot, Rae Vernon and G. Willem). It aims to gather data on rare or little known birds in Morocco, and thus to increase current knowledge of the Moroccan avifauna…

GOMAC - Groupe d'Ornithologie du Maroc

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Le GOMAC (Groupe d'Ornithologie du Maroc) est une association scientifique sans but lucratif, dont l'objectif principal est de contribuer à tout effort visant à protéger notre patrimoine naturel, en particulier les oiseaux sauvages et notamment les espèces menacées d'extinction…

African Bird Club

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With friendly people, great scenery, a good tourist infrastructure and excellent birding, Morocco is one of the favourite destinations for birders in North Africa and perhaps the best location to search for a number of rare and endangered species…

Morocco Bird Society

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A great resource for exchanging and or getting information on many aspects of birding in Morocco. If you intend visiting this area, then this is a great way get in contact with locals on specific site or species information. Contribute to our database and conservation efforts by submitting your vacation trip reports and sighting records to the society…

Morocco Bird Society Facebook Group

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Contribute to our database and conservation efforts by submitting your vacation trip reports and sighting records to the society…

Save Moroccan Wetlands

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Campaigning for the conservation of wetlands and their wildlife in Morocco…

Reserves

Massa Lagoon

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The Massa lagoon, situated an hours drive south of Agadir, is normally counted as Morocco's best bird reserve. In the lagoon, which is to large extent a river that ends in wide lake before it is sealed off from the sea by sand banks, you will find numerous rare birds…

IBAs

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Mauritius supports one of the densest concentrations of threatened bird species in the world. All seven endemic land bird species are threatened. Three other species are shared only with La Réunion. All these species are restricted range and belong to the Mauritius Endemic Bird Area (EBA) which covers the whole of the island. Large seabird populations on the northern islets include the sole Afrotropical and Indian Ocean colony of Herald (Round Island) Petrel Pterodroma arminjoniana…

Blogs

Moroccan Birds

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We are two friends, Mohamed Amezian and Abdelhak Elbanak. We created this blog to share with you a varied stuff on birds, birding and ornithology in Morocco. Please feel free to browse, ask and why not contribute…

North Africa Birds

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Other Links

Discovering and Birding Morocco

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Welcome to Go South, the ultimate site for birwatchers visiting Morocco… A great site with info on birds and birding in Morocco as well as the natural environment as a whole there.

Easybirder

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Hi, I’m Dave Gosney, the author of the Finding Birds in… series of books. I‘m in the process of updating the books and producing DVDs to go with them to give you an even better idea of where and how to find the best birds when you go birding abroad…