12 January 2021

Moroccan Birds and MaghrebOrnitho

Moroccan Birds Blog was launched in autumn 2010.

In March 2016, we created MaghrebOrnitho and redirected Moroccan Birds to the new blog.

Everything worked great until the redirects started not functioning as they should be. We suspect this was caused by the implementation of the HTTPS protocol in Blogger (by Google). From a security point of view, HTTPS is a very good thing. But this unfortunately messed-up with how redirects worked.

In late December 2020, we stopped the redirects. Instead of deleting 'Moroccan Birds', we decided to keep it as a complementary blog to MaghrebOrnitho (where the bulk of the content, including many posts from the old blog, is located).

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10 January 2021

Lesser Flamingo in southern Tunisia

A Lesser Flamingo was photographed in southern Tunisia during this year’s Midwinter Waterbird Census (Habib Dlensi and Foued Hamza).

This is the 2nd record for Tunisia.

Elsewhere in Northwest Africa, the species was recorded only in Morocco (16 records, see the last 2 at MaghrebOrnitho). 

Lesser Flamingo / Flamant nain (Phoenicopterus minor), southern Tunisia wetlands, January 2021 (Habib Dlensi)

Lesser Flamingo / Flamant nain (Phoenicopterus minor), southern Tunisia wetlands, January 2021 (Habib Dlensi)



31 December 2020

Pied Crow and Snow Bunting at Strait of Gibraltar area

The Pied Crow was photographed at Fnideq on 3 December 2020 by Rachid El Khamlichi. The species was first observed at the town’s landfill in March 2015.

Without markings (e.g. colour rings), it's difficult to know if it's the same bird or not. However, their tendency to stay many years in the same area (e.g. the Pied Crow at Mhamid) may indicate it's the same bird(s).

It’s also difficult to say if it’s the same bird that frequented Ceuta during the last years. Local birder Joaquín López Rodríguez commented that they have not seen it in the city since a few months (probably since at least the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic).

Pied Crow (Corvus albus), Fnideq, 3 Dec 2020 (Rachid El Khamlichi)

Pied Crow (Corvus albus), Fnideq, 3 Dec 2020 (Rachid El Khamlichi)



The Snow Bunting was photographed at Ceuta on 15 December 2020 by Julio Perez. Thanks to fellow birder Diego Jeréz for sharing the observation.

Snow Bunting is a rare and accidental visitor to Northwest Africa. In Morocco, there are six previous records (Among these, only two were in the 21st century, the others are old, i.e. compiled in the “Birds of Morocco” by Thévenot et al 2003). So, this would be the seventh. 

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis), Ceuta, 15 Dec 2020 (Julio Perez)

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis), Ceuta, 15 Dec 2020 (Julio Perez)

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis), Ceuta, 15 Dec 2020 (Julio Perez)

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis), Ceuta, 15 Dec 2020 (Julio Perez)


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