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Kingdom of Morocco

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Birding Morocco

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: 454

(As at September 2018)

Endemics

Bald Ibis [Waldrapp] Geronticus eremita was assumed to be a breeding endemic until other nest sites were found in the middle east.

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Useful Reading

Birds of Morocco

By Ignacio Yúfera | Lunwerg Editores | 2015 | Hardback | 264 pages, 331 colour photos |

ISBN: 9788416489084

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Birdwatching Guide to Morocco

Peter Combridge & Alan Snook | Arlequin Press | 1997 | Paperback | 64 pages, 16 col plates, b/w illus, 17 b/w maps |

ISBN: 1900159651

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Finding Birds in Morocco: Coast and Mountains

By Dave Gosney | Easybirder | 2011 | Paperback | 36 pages, b/w maps |

ISBN: 9781907316340

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Finding Birds in Morocco: Coast and Mountains

By Dave Gosney | Easybirder | 2011 | DVD | Region 2 | Runtime 60 minutes |

ISBN: 9781907316357

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Finding Birds in Morocco: The Deserts

By Dave Gosney | Easybirder | 2009 | Softcover Booklet | 32 pages, b/w maps |

ISBN: 9781907316029

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Finding Birds in Morocco: The Deserts

By Dave Gosney | Easybirder | 2009 | DVD | Runtime: 62 min |

ISBN: 9781907316036

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Prion Birdwatcher's Guide to Morocco

By Patrick Bergier & Fedora Bergier | Prion | 2003 | Paperback | 172 pages, 54 Maps, Line Illustrations |

ISBN: 1871104092

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The Birds of Morocco

By Michael Thévenot, Rae Vernon & Patrick Bergier | BOU | 2003 | Hardback | 594 pages, 32 colour photos |

ISBN: 0907446256

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Where to Watch Birds in Morocco

By Patrick Bergier & Fédora Bergier | Pelagic Publishing | 2017 | Paperback | 166 pages, b/w illustrations, b/w maps |

ISBN: 9781784271442

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Organisations

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…

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…

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…

Save Moroccan Wetlands

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

Reserves

Abbreviations Key

BR Arganeraie

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The Arganeraie Biosphere Reserve covers over 2 560 000 hectares of terrain, of which some is inhabited and therefore it incorporates urban areas, forest areas and agricultural lands.

BR Oasis Du Sud

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The Oasis Du Sud Marocain Biosphere Reserve spans over a region of seven million hectares and is vital in the battle against desertification.

IBA 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…

National Parks and Reserves of Morocco

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Overview and hotlinks

NP Tazekka

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he Tazekka National Park is one of them. Created in 1950 with only 580 hectares of land, it was hoped that the park would help to protect the many natural resources that could be found at Jbel Tazekka in the Middle Atlas mountain range. The park has certainly proved to be a successful venture and today it covers an area of approximately 12,800 hectares of land. The interesting variety of altitudes and resulting flora is home to a variety of wildlife and the national park has become a haven for bird watchers.

Guides & Tour Operators

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Atlas Sahara Biodiversity

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Berber Treasures Morocco

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The birds of Morocco are a rich blend of indigenous and migratory birds. You can enjoy birding in Morocco any time of the year with one of our Berber Treasures Morocco tours of Morocco...

Birding The Strait

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Are you a tour operator or a private group looking for an expert team of bird guides for Spain and Morocco? Contact us to design a tailor-made trip for you.

Birding Toursa Morocco

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Email:birdingtoursmorocco@gmail.com Phone / WhatsApp : +212 642 399 431 Birding Tours Morocco Merzouga centre Merzouga, 52202 Morocco Birding Tours Morocco - Made by Gomarnad homeabout usbird watching toursdesert birding merzougaplaces to visitphoto gallerycontact us Birding Tours Morocco - Phone / WhatsApp : +212 642 399 431 birdingtoursmorocco@gmail.com OUR LOCATION: Phone: / WhatsApp +212 642 399 431 Email: birdingtoursmorocco@gmail.com CONTACT DETAILS: We offer a variety of birding experiences. RESERVATION: Flag Counter Birding Tours Morocco & experiences There's a wealth of things to do and see in Morocco, and if you would like to get the most out of your birds watching tell us about your interests, what and where you'd like to go and we'll be able to suggest a tour tailored to suit you and your pocket. Otman elhourchemt, who has created birdingtourmorocco, was born in a small Berber town called " Merzouga", in south eastern Morocco. Raised in the Erg Chebbi of the Sahara Desert, he lead a nomadic life with camels,He has serval years of experience in birdingwatching distinations all over Morocco birdingtourmorocco;is based in the sahara desert of morocco.after many years of working for other company,Atman Oulhourchmti created the company in 2016 so as to offer his own tours and activities

Moroccan Birds

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The tours will start from Marrakech and take-in the Atlas Mountains, Draa Valley and southern deserts. The 11 day and 10 night tours will include 1 night in a desert camp with good facilities, where a 4x4 oasis day trip will provide a mini-adventure within our birding safari. The tours are designed to be relaxed and do not include early mornings and late nights!! Both the routes and sites have been carefully selected to give maximum opportunities for observing the ‘special’ birds of this region of Morocco.

ZakiTour

Tour Operator

I am Mohamed Zaki, a Berber man from the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. I live in a small village located at an elevation of more than 2000m. I specialize in trekking , cultural tours and bird watching . I have guided French, American, and European groups. I speak Berber, Arabic, French, and English.

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

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CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

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 [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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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 [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 [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 [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 [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] - 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...

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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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 [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 [06 June] - Peter Lansdown

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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 [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.

2016 [02 February] - Benoit Forget

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2016 [02 February] - Mark Beevers & Markus Lilje

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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 [03 March] - Honeyguides

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This holiday, as for every Honeyguide holiday, also puts something into conservation in our host country by way of a contribution to the wildlife that we enjoyed. The conservation contribution of £40 per person was supplemented by Gift Aid and we were able to give £800 to GREPOM/BirdLife Morocco – Groupe de Recherche pour la Protection des Oiseaux au Maroc...

2016 [03 March] - Lisle Gwynn

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2016 [04 April] - Legacy Tours - Mohamed Bargache

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2016 [06 June] - Peter Lansdown

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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 [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] – 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.

2017 [09 September] - Reg Thorpe - Southern Morocco

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This was a nother enjoyable autumn tour to Morocco , with good weather and excellent birding. We explored the H igh Atlas M ountains, the stony deserts around Ouarzazate, the sand deserts south of Erfoud and the coastal plain to the north and south of Agadir. Bird highlights included the large flocks of Cri mson - winged Finch at Oukaimeden; the Black - winged Kite at Ouarzazate ; t h e flock of Pin - tailed Sandgrouse on the Tagdilt plain and the mixed group of Crowned and Spotted Sandgrouse on our way to Erfoud ; the low circling adult and immature Bonelli’s Eagle s on the Oued Massa ; the singing Deser t Warbler at dawn in the desert; the approachable flock of North ern Bald Ibis at Tamri; as well as most of the other North African specialists .

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 [11 November] - Manfred Bögershausen

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...We drive southwards, having a break in the region of Asni, where we find the first sought-after bird ( Levaillant's Green Woodpecker ), before we continue to the hotel „Bergerie“ near Ouirgane. During the whole trip we have single accomodations at various hotels, some of them rather spacious and in stunning settings...

2018 [02 February] - Stefan Cherrug - Western Sahara and Morocco

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Our primary goals were to visit Western Sahara to se Royal Tern, Sudan Golden Sparrow, Cricket Warbler, Golden Nightjar, African Dunn’s Lark and, for a few of us, Thick - bill e d Lark. Also to see Double - Spur red Francolin in the Sidi Yahia area ENE Casablanca for one in the group, to see African Crimson - winged Finch in Oukaimeden for some of us and to try for the mauritanica subspecies of Tawny Owl in the Ourika valley nearby and finally, for some of us, to see Brown - throated Martin at Oued Massa . One of us (SC) also tried to take notice of and photograph reptiles, mammals, butterflies, dragonflies and plants except all birds...

2018 [03 March] - Machiel Valkenburg

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...The very first bird we s aw in our bins and scopes was immediately the most endangered and rare bird of the tour: we were lucky with a group of 19 Bald Ibis (sometimes also called Waldrapp) easily searching for food in a beautiful open coastal habitat with steep cliffs...

2018 [03 March] - Mark Beevers

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Our first stop was at Ait Ourir, where we sometimes find Western (Eurasian) Jackdaws, here at the southern end of their range. This wasn’t to be the case this year, but we did find 40 Cattle Egrets on the river, along with a female Common Stonechat. Our first stop on our ascent to Oukaiimeden produced a lovely pair of Moussier’s Redstart , along with a mixed flock of Crag and House Martin s and a pair of Cirl Buntings...

2018 [04 April] - Paul Dufour - Morocco & Western Sahara

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Most of the targets were seen with some highli ghts: Golden Nightjar : we were a bit worried for this species which begins to be quiet in this period and we missed it in the first evening in Oued Jenna , we were luckier on the second try ... Sudan Golden Sparrow : SGS actually only spend winter in the Oued Jenna area , we luckily spotted three birds in a large flock of Desert Sparrow during our first hour of search ...

2018 [04 April] - Valentin Moser

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The Bebbi Babbler Youth Birding team went to Morocco for 11 days (26.3. - 7.4). We man aged to see all possible target bird species, ending the trip with 23 2 species. Best birds include selffound nest of Desert sparrow, resting Lichtenstein’s Sandgrouse , Marsh owl and several local scarcities (Pallid Harrier, Baillon’s and Little Crake, Pale Crag Martin) . We also saw some interesting mammals including Cuvier’s Gazelle and Val’s Gundi , as well as 27 her p species ...

Blogs

MaghrebOrnitho

BLOG

MaghrebOrnitho is the new home of the Moroccan Birds blog. Birds know no frontiers, therefore this blog is not only about Birds of Morocco but about the Birds of the Maghreb region as a whole.

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…