First record of White-throated Bee-eater for the Western Palearctic

A White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis - Guêpier à gorge blanche) was seen at Gleb Jdiane, Oued Dahab on 5 and 6 December 2013 by Noëlle and Hervé Jacob (video below*) and reported in Go-South. This is not only the first record for Morocco, but it’s a first for the Western Palearctic as well. According to the last AERC Western Palearctic list published in December 2012**, there were only three species of bee-eaters in the Western Paleactic list and Merops albicollis was not one of them. 

This region proves once again that it's one of the birding hot-spot for the Westen Palearctic region: Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus), Cricket Warbler (Spiloptila clamans), African Dunn’s Lark (Eremalauda dunni dunni) and many other Saharan/North African resident specialities

** Crochet P.-A. & Joynt G. (2012). AERC list of Western Palearctic birds. December 2012 version. Available at  PDF

* Video footage by Noëlle and Hervé Jacob (obtained via Reservoir Birds).

Edit: the record accepted by the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee in its 20th report (for 2014). PDF

White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) (Photo: Dick Daniels, Wikimedia Commons)