Birds of Morocco
List of birds of Morocco (above photo of a Tawny Eagle by Fiver Löcke from Wikipedia)
Are you an enthusiastic birdwatcher, planning a trip to Morocco? Do you want to know where in Morocco to see Lesser Kestrels, Black Kites, Egyptian Vultures, Short-toed Eagles, Hen Harriers, Ospreys, Booted Eagles Hobbies, Montagu’s Harrier, Black Shouldered Kite, Desert Sparrow, Stilts, Plovers, Knots, Sanderlings, Stints, Sandpipers, Gulls, Terns, African March Owl, Bald Ibis, Slender-billed Curlew, Moussier’s Redstart, and many more…? You have found the right page.
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.Morocco has the only wild population of the critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita and is a good place to find species restricted to a few North African countries such as Levaillant’s Woodpecker Picus vaillantii, Moussier’s Redstart Phoenicurus moussieri and Tristram’s Warbler Sylvia deserticola. Until recently, small numbers of the critically endangered Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris wintered there.
Trip report to Southern Morocco and photographs at Morocco trip
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 becoming one of the favourite destination for birders in search of endangered or rare species such as Bald Ibis (now the only population in the world); 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.
Birdwatching books about Morocco
Morocco is a paradise for birdwatchers with its coasts, islands, wadis, plains, forests, mountains and deserts creating conditions that are often very different from those found in Europe. The richness of these habitats is clearly illustrated by the 452 species which have been recorded so far. Fifteen years have passed since the publication of the first edition of this book. This is a very short period in the dynamics of bird communities, but a very long period in a country that has developed so quickly. The Government is encouraging development and tourism, for example in the Atlantic West Sahara, which opens up great new sites for birdwatchers. The most important and easily accessible of these new sites have been included in this second edition, and the original 15 sites have been increased to at least 50.
See also Bird Watching Guide to Morocco
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