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.org. 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, Cricket Warbler, African Dunn’s Lark and many other resident specialties.
* Crochet P.-A. & Joynt G. (2012). AERC list of Western Palearctic birds. December 2012 version. Available at http://www.aerc.eu/tac.htm PDF
** Video footage by Noëlle and Hervé Jacob (via reservoirbirds.com)
|White-throated Bee-eater (Merops albicollis) (Photo: Dick Daniels, Wikimedia Commons)|