Birding Factoids

460 species
in 42 families

No endemic species
17 speciality species
12 endangered species 
2 week trip expectation -
about 200 species

Checklist of Moroccan BirdsTours and GuidesEco-LodgesSpeciality BirdsMap and General Country Information
Information has been received from the Moroccan Ornithological Society, GOMAC (Groupe d'ornithologie du Maroc) that the holiday resort chain Club Mediterranee plans to build a new, 8000 bed, 260 hectare holiday resort in Tifnit, Morocco, immediately adjacent to the last remaining worldwide colony of the Northern Bald Ibis (Waldrapp) and intruding on its feeding grounds in the Souss-Massa National Park. This colony of 65 breeding pairs (2001) is a significant and irreplaceable part of the Moroccan, and planetary, natural heritage.

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Check out Nigel Blake's Photo Journal of a trip to Morrocco
Paul and Andrea Kelly's Morocco Bird Images
Ben van den Broek's Digiscoped Birds of Morooco and Jussi Vakala's Birds of Morroco
as well as Guiliano Gerro and Silvio Sommazzi's Morocco Birds
Waldrapp (Northern Bald Ibis) - ENDANGERED - Photo copyright Phillip Coffey
Photo copyright Phillip Coffey

Tristram's Warbler - Photo copyright Vaughan Ashby

Photo copyright Vaughan Ashby

Glossy Ibis - Photo copyright Peter Wallack

Photo copyright Peter Wallack

Desert Sparrow - Photo copyright Vaughan Ashby

Photo copyright Vaughan Ashby

Garden Bulbul - Photo copyright Safaricamlive

Photo copyright Safaricamlive
    ....Morocco - Directory of Wetlands of International Importance - includes 
      information on all Morocco's Ramsar designated sites, including:
      • Merja Zerga
      • Merja Sidi Boughaba
      • Lac d'Afennourir
      • Baie de Khnifiss
    ....Discovering and Birding Morocco - by Patrick Bergier. This site contains
      a bird list for Morocco, information about rare bird sightings and two trip reports for Southern Morocco. 
    ....Latest News from Abroad - this commercial site provides up-dated
      details about birdwatching sites abroad. All of these sites are described fully, with detailed maps, in a series of books entitled `Finding Birds in...' (sometimes referred to as Gostours guides). These notes are intended to supplement the books to provide the most complete and up-to-date service possible. Notes are available on:
    ....Trip Report: Morocco, 27th December 2001 until 5th January 2002 - 
      by Guus van Duin. 
    ....Trip Report: Morocco. April 1 - 11, 2001, by Gerard Joannes. Personal
      impressions and bird species seen, with locations.
    ....Trip Report - Morocco - by Nigel Blake. On December the 23rd, 2001,
      Steve Blain and I flew out to Morocco for a 7day bird trip, staying in Agadir for the whole trip but traveling far in a hire car, a total of 1600 km's were covered. 
    ....M'sieur B'jour, Dirhams - Trip Report: Southern Morocco, March 19-30,
      1999 by Mick Dryden & Max Allan. Ah.... Morocco - land of sun, rocks, bigger rocks, enormous rocks, many of which you have to drive over at high speed as you leave the paved road surface to avoid the oncoming green taxis and large Mercedes coaches as they hurtle, under no positive control, towards you. Oh, I forgot to mention carpets, couscous, concrete ammonites (and if you're really lucky, trilobites), little boys on the scrounge for almost anything and .....birds, birds, birds. 
    ....Trip Report: Morocco, January, 1999 - by Cliff Buckton. We travelled to
      Morocco with Birdfinders for a winter break which promised "a land of great contrasts, from wide sandy Atlantic beaches to snow capped mountains over 13,000 feet high to sand & stone deserts". It certainly delivered all these with a greater emphasis than expected on the snow and freezing temperatures. This trip report is richly illustrated, and includes maps.
    ....Trip Report: Southern Morocco, March 14-21, 1998 - by John Coveney
      and Marian O'Sullivan. Report on package holiday/birding trip to southern Morocco (based in Agadir).
    ....Trip Report: Morocco. January 16 - 27, 1998. This pdf format trip ....
    ....Trip Report: Morocco, January 14-20, 1995 - Rob Goldbach. 
      Bird observations done during a work-related trip. 
    ....Trip Report: Morocco , February 3-18, 1994 - Heikki Karhu, Kari
      Haataja, and Harri Liusvaara, Finland. 
    ....Additional Trip Reports: are available from John Girdley's Birdtours
    Factoids taken from Where to Watch Birds in Africa - by Nigel Wheatley.

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Tours and Guides

...>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Morocco Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
Moussier's Redstart - Photo copyright Nigel Blake
Photo copyright Nigel Blake
    ....Morocco Birding - with Birdfinders Holidays. February 15 - 26, 2003.
      Morocco is a land of great contrasts, from wide sandy Atlantic beaches to snow-capped mountains over 13,000 feet high, to sand and stone deserts. The birds are equally diverse, from rare and highly-endangered species like Northern Bald Ibis to enigmatic and difficult species like Desert Sparrow.

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Endemics and Specialities

in Morocco

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.05, supplemented by material found in Where to Watch Birds in Africa - by Nigel Wheatley. African speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Africa. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Morocco. Click on the links for a photo of the bird.
Endemics in Morocco
Although not originally an endemic, the extremely threatened Waldrapp (220 birds left) now only nests in Morocco.
Endangered Birds in Morocco
(endemics are printed in bold italic)

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Ferruginous Pochard
___ Great Bustard
___ Lesser Kestrel
___ Marbled Teal
___ Waldrapp (Northern Bald Ibis)
___ White-headed Duck
___ Adelbert's Eagle
___ Aquatic Warbler
___ Audouin's Gull
___ Corn Crake
___ Greater Spotted Eagle
___ Slender-billed Curlew

Other Speciality and Spectacular Birds in Morocco
(adapted from Where to Watch Birds in Africa - by Nigel Wheatley.)

___ Barbary Partridge
___ Black-crowned Tchagra
___ Crimson-winged Finch
___ Dark Chanting-Goshawk
___ Desert Sparrow
___ Double-spurred Francolin
___ Fulvous Babbler
___ Houbara Bustard
___ Levaillant's Woodpecker
___ Marsh Owl
___ Moussier's Redstart
___ Pharaoh Eagle-Owl
___ Plain Martin
___ Plain Swift
___ Thick-billed Lark
___ Tristam's Warbler

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Links checked April 26, 2002