Birds

Extract from Bergier, P. & Thévenot, M. 2010. Liste des oiseaux du Maroc. Mise à jour février 2010 (rév. 3.0). Go-South Bull. 7 : 15-55.

 


Additional information

 

  • Larus dominicanus – Kelp Gull – Goéland du Cap at Khnifiss
    Re-analysis of records following Jönsson’s paper (Jönsson, O. 2011. Great Black-backed Gulls breeding at Knifiss lagoon, Morocco and the status of Cape Gull in the Western Palearctic. Birding World  24: 68-76). Updated 10 April 2011
  • Les petits martinets sombres. Extrait de Bergier, P. ; Franchimont, J. ; Thévenot, M. et CHM (2007) – Les oiseaux rares au Maroc. Rapport de la Commission d’Homologation Marocaine numéro 12. Go-South Bull. 4 : 77-97.

Clangula hyemalis – Long-tailed Duck – Harelde boréale
A bird photographed at Oualidia early June 2014 (Bart Brieffies, BirdFinders per A.B. van den Berg). First record for Morocco

Terathopius ecaudatus – Bateleur – Aigle bateleur
Un immature a été vu arrivant sur la côte espagnole à partir du détroit de Gibraltar le 5 avril 2012 (C.A. Torralvo Moreno et al.). Première mention marocaine et européenne (dossier CHM # 12/44, Bergier et al. 2013)

Gyps africanus – White-backed Vulture – Vautour africain
A bird near Tétouan on 25 May 2014, with Rüppell’s and Griffon Vultures. First record for Morocco (Rachid El Khamlichi, Karim El Haoua & Mohamed Amezian),http://moroccanbirds.blogspot.com/2014/05/gyps-africanus-new-species.html

Crecopsis egregia – African Crake – Râle des prés
A bird photographed near Dakhla on 11 December 2009 (F. Chevalier & I. Sessa). First record of this species for Morocco (Bergier, P. ; Franchimont, J. ; Thévenot, M. et CHM 2011. Les oiseaux rares au Maroc. Rapport de la Commission d’Homologation Marocaine numéro 16. Go-South Bull. 8 : 1-20).

Gallinago delicata – Wilson’s Snipe – Bécassine de Wilson
A bird photographed at Dar Bouazza on 27 December 2014 (B. Maire). First record of this species for Morocco.

Bartramia longicauda – Upland Sandpiper – Bartramie des champs
A bird photographed at Ferme du Maraîchage du Sahara 1, 11 October 2013. First record for Morocco (Chevalier, F. & Bergier, P. 2013. Première mention de la Bartramie des champs (Bartramia longicauda) au Maroc. Go-South Bulletin 10 : 235-237).

Larus dominicanus – Cape Gull – Goéland dominicain et Larus marinus – Great Black-backed Gull – Goéland marin
It appears that most of records and all breeding large dark gulls at Khnifiss are of GBBGs. There are only a few proved records of Cape Gulls in Morocco and the Western Palearctic (Jönsson, O. 2011. Great Black-backed Gulls breeding at Knifiss lagoon, Morocco and the status of Cape Gull in the Western Palearctic. Birding World 24: 68-76). The status of Cape Gull is amended to AV and the status of Great Black-backed Gull to WV, OB.

Coracias abyssinicus – Ayssinian Roller – Rollier d’Abyssinie
A bird photographed at Sidi Kaouki near Essaouira on 29 March 2005 (U. Berger). First record of this species for Morocco (Bergier, P. ; Franchimont, J. ; Thévenot, M. et CHM 2011. Les oiseaux rares au Maroc. Rapport de la Commission d’Homologation Marocaine numéro 16. Go-South Bull. 8 : 1-20).

Acrocephalus scirpaceus – Eurasian Reed Warbler – Rousserolle effarvatte
A new taxon of Reed Warbler (local resident breeder) has been described by Jiguet et al. (2010) (Jiguet, F. ; Rguibi-Idrissi, H. & Provost, P. 2010. Undescribed reed warbler breeding in Morocco. Dutch Birding 32: 29-36).

Sylvia cantillans – Subalpine Warbler – Fauvette passerinette
Svensson, L. 2013. A taxonomic revision of the Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club 133: 240-248. [Recommended split of the complex into three separate species: Western Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia inornata), with two subspecies: inornata and iberiae (a new subspecies described in the paper for the birds breeding in the Iberian Peninsula, southern France and extreme north-west Italy), Eastern Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans), with two subspecies: cantillans and albistriata, and Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina, monotypic). The taxon cantillans, historically associated with western birds (i.e. from Iberia), is now one of the subspecies of the Eastern Subalpine Warbler because the type specimen of cantillans is a bird collected from Italy and found out to belong to the Eastern Subalpine Warbler. Subalpine Warbler breeding in north-west Africa which were known as Sylvia cantillans inornata becomes the nominate subspecies of the Western Subalpine Warbler Sylvia inornata inornata]

Remiz pendulinus – Eurasian Penduline Tit – Rémiz penduline
Following the paper of Amezian et al. (Amezian, M. ; Thompson, I. ; Bensusan, K. ; Cortes, J. ; Louah, A. & Qninba, A. 2011. On regular wintering of Eurasian Penduline Tits Remiz pendulinus in northern Morocco. Ostrich 82: 39-42), the Eurasian Penduline Tit appears as a regular winter visitor to Northern Morocco. Its status moves from AV to WV.

Emberiza pusilla – Little Bunting – Bruant nain
First confirmed record for Morocco: a first-year bird ringed at Oued Massa on 9 October 2013 (Ramírez, J. ; González del Campo, P. & Ramos, J.J. 2013. The first confirmed record of Little Bunting Emberiza pusilla in Morocco. Go-South Bulletin 10 : 250-252).

Corvus albus – Pied Crow – Corbeau pie
Three birds at Café Chtoukane (between Boujdour and Dakhla) on 13 December 2009 (Chris Batty et al.). Breeding recorded in 2010. First claimed record of this species for Morocco (Bergier, P. ; Franchimont, J. ; Thévenot, M. et CHM 2011. Les oiseaux rares au Maroc. Rapport de la Commission d’Homologation Marocaine numéro 16. Go-South Bull. 8 : 1-20).

Carduelis spinus – Siskin – Tarin des aulnes
Breeding has been proved at Ceuta in 2010 (J. Peña Rios, Ardeola 57: 548, per I. Cherkaoui). Its status is changed to WV, OB.


Typo

 

Chaetura cf. pelagica – Chimney (?) Swift, Martinet cf. ramoneur
Annex 4: Read Chaetura instead of Chetura

Galerida machrorhyncha – Long-billed Crested Lark – Cochevis à long bec
List Alaudidés : read macrorhyncha instead of macrorhynca.


Modifications de taxonomie, de séquence ou de nomenclature

 

Following AERCTAC’s taxonomic recommendations, July 2010 (Crochet, P.-A. ; Raty, L. ; De Smet, G. ; Anderson, B. ; Barthel, P.H. ; Collinson, J.M. ; Dubois, P.J. ; Helbig, A.J. ; Jiguet, F. ; Jirle, E. ; Knox, A.G. ; Le Maréchal, P. ; Parkin, D.T. ; Pons, J.-M. ; Roselaar, C.S. ; Svensson, L. ; van Loon, A.J. & Yésou, P. 2010. AERC TAC’s Taxonomic Recommendations. July 2010. Available online at http://www.aerc.eu/tac.html):

  • Azure-winged Magpie is Cyanopica cyanus (was Cyanopica cyana)
  • Striated Heron is Butorides striata (was Butorides striatus)
  • African Blue Tit is Parus teneriffae (was Cyanistes teneriffae)
  • Citril Finch is Serinus citrinella (was Carduelis citrinella)

The Commission de l’Avifaune Française has published its Liste 2011 des oiseaux du Paléarctique occidental. A few differences of sequence / names appear with the Moroccan list.


Following the taxonomic recommendations for British birds: seventh report (Sangster, G. ; Collinson, J.M. ; Crochet, P.-A. ; Knox, A.G. ; Parkin, D.T. ; Svensson, L. & Votier, S.C. 2011. Taxonomic recommendations for British birds: seventh report. Ibis 153: 883-892):

  • Eastern and Western Olivaceous Warblers are Iduna pallida and I. opaca (were Hippolais pallida and H. opaca)
  • The taxonomic sequence of Muscicapinae becomes: Cercotrichas, Muscicapa, Erithacus, …., Luscinia, …, Ficedula, Phoenicurus, Monticola, Saxicola, Oenanthe
  • Eurasian Stonechat, Tarier pâtre Saxicola torquatus becomes European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola

Following the taxonomic recommendations for British birds: eighth report (Sangster, G. ; Collinson, J.M. ; Crochet, P.-A. ; Knox, A.G. ; Parkin, D.T. & Votier, S.C. 2012. Taxonomic recommendations for British birds: eighth report. Ibis 154: 874-883):

  • The taxonomic sequence of Galliformes is Numidae (N. meleagris), Odontophoridae (Callipepla californica, Colinus virginianus), and Phasianidae (Coturnix coturnix, Alectoris barbara, Pternistis bicalcaratus, Phasianus colchicus)
  • The Cory’s Shearwater complex is best treated as three full species, which should be listed in the following sequence: Cory’s Shearwater Calonectris borealis (monotypic), Scopoli’s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea (monotypic), Cape Verde Shearwater Calonectris edwardsii (monotypic). The Chafarinas Islands hold 10 000 breeding pairs; based on morphometric data from 82 individuals, it has been estimated that 78% are C. diomedea and 22% are C. borealis (Gómez-Díaz et al. 2009, Navarro et al. 2009). C. borealis and C. diomedea breeding in sympatry in the Chafarinas Islands differ in their feeding ecology and foraging areas during both chick-rearing and wintering periods (Navarro et al. 2009).
  • Madeiran Storm Petrel Oceanodroma castro: The evidence indicates that there are at least three population lineages in the Western Palearctic which are best treated as species. The Cape Verde Storm Petrel Oceanodroma jabejabe (monotypic) is endemic to the Cape Verde Islands, the Madeiran Storm Petrel Oceanodroma castro (monotypic) is a hot-season breeder in Madeira and the Selvagens (it also provisionally includes cool-season breeders in the Azores, Madeira, the Selvagens, and islands off Portugal), and the Monteiro’s Storm Petrel Oceanodroma monteiroi (monotypic) is a hot-season breeder in the Azores. The three species perhaps frequent the Moroccan waters.
  • Revised taxonomic sequence of Charadriiformes. The taxa on the Western Palearctic list should be listed in the following sequence: Burhinidae (Burhinus), Pluvianidae (Pluvianus), Recurvirostridae (Himantopus, Recurvirostra), Haematopodidae (Haematopus), Charadriidae (Pluvialis, Vanellus, Charadrius), Rostratulidae (Rostratula), Scolopacidae (Bartramia, Numenius, Limosa, Arenaria, Calidris, Phalaropus, Xenus, Actitis, Tringa, Lymnocryptes, Limnodromus, Scolopax, Gallinago), Turnicidae (Turnix), Dromadidae (Dromas), Glareolidae (Glareola, Cursorius), Stercorariidae (Stercorarius), Alcidae (Fratercula, Aethia, Brachyramphus, Cepphus, Synthliboramphus, Alca, Pinguinus, Alle, Uria), Sternidae (Anous, Onychoprion, Sternula, Gelochelidon, Hydroprogne, Chlidonias, Sterna), Rynchopidae (Rynchops), Laridae (Pagophila, Xema, Rissa, Chroicocephalus, Hydrocoloeus, Rhodostethia, Larus)
  • Generic arrangement of calidrine sandpipers. The names and taxonomic sequence of the calidrine sandpipers become as follows: Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris, Red Knot Calidris canutus, Ruff Calidris pugnax, Broad-billed Sandpiper Calidris falcinellus, Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea, Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus, Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis, Temminck’s Stint Calidris temminckii, Sanderling Calidris alba, Dunlin Calidris alpina, Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima, Little Stint Calidris minuta, White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis, Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficollis, PectoralSandpiper Calidrismelanotos, Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla.

Lanius elegans – Desert Grey Shrike – Pie-grièche du désert
Iberian (Southern) Grey Shrike Lanius meridionalis should be considered monotypic according to recent investigations (ie, Moroccan grey shrikes can be treated as subspecies of Desert Grey Shrike Lanius elegans) (info A.B. van den Berg, 27 Jan 2012)


A la suite des décisions prises par la Commission de l’Avifaune Française (Crochet, P.A. ; Dubois, P.J. ; Jiguet, F. ; Le Maréchal, P. ; Pons, J.M. & Yésou, P. 2013. Décisions prises par la Commission de l’Avifaune Française (2010-2012). 13e rapport de la CAF. Ornithos 20 : 164-173), les modifications suivantes sont apportées :

  • L’ordre taxonomique des guêpiers est modifié et devient: Guêpier d’Europe, Guêpier de Perse
  • L’ordre taxonomique des fauvettes des genres Iduna, Hippolais et Acrocephalus est modifié et devient:Hypolaïs obscure Iduna opaca, Hypolaïs pâle Iduna pallida, Hypolaïs ictérine Hippolais icterina, Hypolaïs polyglotte Hippolais polyglotta, Lusciniole à moustaches Acrocephalus melanopogon, Phragmite aquatique Acrocephalus paludicola, Phragmite des joncs Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, Rousserole verderolle Acrocephalus palustris, Rousserolle effarvatte Acrocephalus scirpaceus, Rousserolle turdoïde Acrocephalus arundinaceus.
  • L’ordre taxonomique des étourneaux est modifié et devient:Etourneau unicolore, Etourneau sansonnet

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