Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus - Ibis falcinelle) has finally returned to breed in northern
Morocco after it has deserted the region for nearly a century.
An important breeding colony of Glossy
Ibis was discovered in the multi-species heronry installed in dune vegetation near Smir marshes (northern Morocco) by one of us, Rachid El Khamlichi, on 1st May 2011. Several nests with chicks were observed and photographed on
1st and then on 7 May when we joined him. The breeding of the Glossy Ibis has been suspected in Smir
marshes during the last five years but has never been confirmed. Displaying individuals were also seen
in Oued Massa by Imad Cherkaoui and
Abdelhak Elbanak on 24 April 2011.