South Morocco with Birding Breaks 5 - 15 april 2009

tour leader: Arnoud B. van den Berg

Report by John van der Woude at www.jvanderw.nl

  Part 1. Birding sites
Part 2.
Bird photos
Part 3. Species list
(this page)
Basis of this list is the checklist provided by Birding Breaks. The taxonomy follows that of Dutch Birding of spring 2009. 
For the most recent version of this taxonomy, see
www.dutchbirding.nl > Vagrancy & taxonomy > WP Bird names.
   
    Legend:
At = Atlas mountain range (High Atlas)
Bo = Boumalne stone desert
Me = Merzouga sand desert
Ou = Ouarzazate reservoir
TT = drive Ouarzazate - Tazenakht - Taroudannt
Co = coastal region
h = heard only (at that spot)
# = observed by other members of the group (not by us)
* = lifer species for us
^ = lifer subspecies for us
  
Ruddy Shelduck           Casarca                          Me Ou        Tadorna ferruginea
Common Pochard           Tafeleend                        Me           Aythya ferina
Mallard                  Wilde Eend                          Ou    Co  Anas platyrhynchos
Marbled Teal             Marmereend                       Me Ou    Co  Marmaronetta angustirostris
Barbary Partridge        Barbarijse Patrijs         At             Co  Alectoris barbara                *

Common Quail             Kwartel                                   Co  Coturnix coturnix
Scopoli's/Cory's Shearw  Scopoli's/Kuhl's Pijlst.v.                Co  Calonectris diomedea/borealis
Northern Gannet          Jan-van-gent                              Co  Morus bassanus
Great Cormorant          Aalscholver                         Ou    Co  Phalacrocorax carbo
White-breasted Cormorant Marokkaanse Aalscholver                   Co  Phalacrocorax carbo lucidus/mar.

Grey Heron               Blauwe Reiger              At#      Ou    Co  Ardea cinerea
Purple Heron             Purperreiger                        Ou        Ardea purpurea
Little Egret             Kleine Zilverreiger        At#            Co  Egretta garzetta
Squacco Heron            Ralreiger                           Ou    Co  Ardeola ralloides
Cattle Egret             Koereiger                  At Bo Me Ou TT Co  Bubulcus ibis

Little Bittern           Woudaap                                   Co  Ixobrychus minutus
Black-crowned N-Heron    Kwak                                Ou        Nycticorax nycticorax
White Stork              Ooievaar                   At Bo Me Ou TT Co  Ciconia ciconia
Northern Bald Ibis       Kaalkopibis                               Co  Geronticus eremita               *
Glossy Ibis              Zwarte Ibis                               Co  Plegadis falcinellus

Eurasian Spoonbill       Lepelaar                                  Co  Platalea leucorodia
Greater Flamingo         Flamingo                         Me       Co  Phoenicopterus roseus
Little Grebe             Dodaars                          Me#      Co  Tachybaptus ruficollis
Great Crested Grebe      Fuut                                Ou    Co  Podiceps cristatus
Black Kite               Zwarte Wouw                   Bo Me Ou TT     Milvus migrans

Lammergeier              Lammergier                 At                 Gypaetus barbatus
Short-toed Eagle         Slangenarend                     Me    TT     Circaetus gallicus
Western Marsh Harrier    Bruine Kiekendief             Bo Me Ou    Co  Circus aeruginosus
Montagu's Harrier        Grauwe Kiekendief             Bo    Ou        Circus pygargus
Eurasian Sparrowhawk     Sperwer                    At                 Accipiter nisus punicus

Atlas Long-legged Buzzd  Atlasarendbuizerd          At Bo       TT     Buteo rufinus cirtensis           ^
Booted Eagle             Dwergarend                 At Bo              Aquila pennata
Common Kestrel           Torenvalk                  At Bo Me Ou TT Co  Falco tinnunculus
Eurasian Hobby           Boomvalk                         Me           Falco subbuteo
Lanner Falcon            Lannervalk                    Bo              Falco biarmicus

Mediterranean Peregrine  Slechtvalk                                Co  Falco peregrinus
Barbary Falcon           Barbarijse Valk                           Co  Falco pelegrinoides              *
Water Rail               Waterral                                  Co  Rallus aquaticus
Common Moorhen           Waterhoen                                 Co  Gallinula chloropus
Eurasian Coot            Meerkoet                         Me Ou    Co  Fulica atra

Houbara Bustard          Westelijke Kraagtrap             Me           Chlamydotis undulata             *
Eurasian Oystercatcher   Scholekster                               Co  Haematopus ostralegus
Black-winged Stilt       Steltkluut                       Me Ou    Co  Himantopus himantopus
Pied Avocet              Kluut                                     Co  Recurvirostra avosetta
Eurasian Thick-knee      Griel                                     Co  Burhinus oedicnemus

Cream-coloured Courser   Renvogel                      Bo Me           Cursorius cursor
Collared Pratincole      Vorkstaartplevier                Me Ou        Glareola pratincola
Black-bellied Plover     Zilverplevier                             Co  Pluvialis squatarola
Common Ringed Plover     Bontbekplevier                            Co  Charadrius hiaticula
Little Ringed Plover     Kleine Plevier             At             Co  Charadrius dubius

Kentish Plover           Strandplevier                    Me       Co  Charadrius alexandrinus
Common Snipe             Watersnip                                 Co# Gallinago gallinago
Eurasian Whimbrel        Regenwulp                                 Co  Numenius phaeopus
Eurasian Curlew          Wulp                                      Co  Numenius arquata
Common Sandpiper         Oeverloper                          Ou    Co  Actitis hypoleucos

Common Greenshank        Groenpootruiter                           Co  Tringa nebularia
Green Sandpiper          Witgat                              Ou#       Tringa ochropus
Wood Sandpiper           Bosruiter                           Ouh       Tringa glareola
Common Redshank          Tureluur                                  Co  Tringa totanus
Red Knot                 Kanoet                                    Co# Calidris canutus

Sanderling               Drieteenstrandloper                       Co  Calidris alba
Little Stint             Kleine Strandloper                        Co  Calidris minuta
Curlew Sandpiper         Krombekstrandloper                        Co  Calidris ferruginea
Dunlin                   Bonte Strandloper                         Co  Calidris alpina
Audouin's Gull           Audouins Meeuw                            Co  Larus audouinii

Lesser Black-backed Gull Kleine Mantelmeeuw               Me       Co  Larus fuscus
Yellow-legged Gull       Geelpootmeeuw                             Co  Larus michahellis
Slender-billed Gull      Dunbekmeeuw                               Co  Larus genei
Little Tern              Dwergstern                                Co  Sternula albifrons
Gull-billed Tern         Lachstern                        Me Ou    Co  Gelochelidon nilotica

Black Tern               Zwarte Stern                        Ou        Chlidonias niger
Whiskered Tern           Witwangstern                     Me Ou    Co  Chlidonias hybrida
Sandwich Tern            Grote Stern                               Co  Sterna sandvicensis
Lesser Crested Tern      Bengaalse Stern                           Co  Sterna bengalensis               *
Common Tern              Visdief                                   Co  Sterna hirundo

Spotted Sandgrouse       Sahelzandhoen                    Me           Pterocles senegallus
Black-bellied Sandgrouse Zwartbuikzandhoen             Bo              Pterocles orientalis
Crowned Sandgrouse       Kroonzandhoen                 Bo              Pterocles coronatus
Rock Pigeon              Rotsduif                   At Bo Me Ou TT Co  Columba livia
Common Wood Pigeon       Houtduif                   At Bo    Ou TT Co  Columba palumbus

European Turtle Dove     Zomertortel                   Bo Me Ou TT Co  Streptopelia turtur
Eurasian Collared Dove   Turkse Tortel              At Bo Me Ou TT Co  Streptopelia decaocto
Laughing Dove            Palmtortel                    Bo          Co  Streptopelia senegalensis
Common Cuckoo            Koekoek                    At                 Cuculus canorus
Eurasian Scops Owl       Dwergooruil                   Bo#Meh          Otus scops

Pharaoh Eagle-Owl        Woestijnoehoe                    Me           Bubo ascalaphus                  *
Maghreb Tawny Owl        Maghrebbosuil                          TT     Strix aluco mauritanica           ^
Lilith's Owl             Woestijnsteenuil                    Ou    Co  Athene glaux                    
Red-necked Nightjar      Moorse Nachtzwaluw                        Co  Caprimulgus ruficollis           *
Egyptian Nightjar        Egyptische Nachtzwaluw           Me           Caprimulgus aegyptius            *

Alpine Swift             Alpengierzwaluw                        TT     Apus melba
Common Swift             Gierzwaluw                 At#         TT     Apus apus
Pallid Swift             Vale Gierzwaluw            At          TT Co  Apus pallidus
Little Swift             Huisgierzwaluw             At          TT Co  Apus affinis
Common Kingfisher        IJsvogel                                  Co  Alcedo atthis

Saharan Blue-cheeked B-e Saharaanse Groene Bijeneter      Me Ou        Merops persicus chrysocercus
European Bee-eater       Bijeneter                  At Bo Me Ou TT Co  Merops apiaster
Eurasian Hoopoe          Hop                        At Bo Me Ou TT Co  Upupa epops
Great Spotted Woodpecker Grote Bonte Specht         At                 Dendrocopos major
Levaillant's Woodpecker  Levaillants Specht         At                 Picus vaillantii                 *

Greater Hoopoe-Lark      Witbandleeuwerik              Bo Me           Alaemon alaudipes
Bar-tailed Lark          Rosse Woestijnleeuwerik       Bo              Ammomanes cinctura
Desert Lark              Woestijnleeuwerik             Bo Me    TT     Ammomanes deserti
Thick-billed Lark        Diksnavelleeuwerik            Bo              Ramphocoris clotbey              *
Greater Short-toed Lark  Kortteenleeuwerik             Bo Me    TT     Calandrella brachydactyla

Lesser Short-toed Lark   Kleine Kortteenleeuwerik      Bo              Calandrella rufescens
Atlas Horned Lark        Atlasstrandleeuwerik       At                 Eremophila alpestris atlas        ^
Temminck's Lark          Temmincks Strandleeuwerik     Bo       TT     Eremophila bilopha
Long-billed Crested Lark Langsnavelkuifleeuwerik          Me Ou        Galerida macrorhyncha            *
Common Crested Lark      Kuifleeuwerik                       Ou    Co  Galerida cristata

Thekla Lark              Theklaleeuwerik            At Bo    Ou TT Co  Galerida theklae
Brown-throated Martin    Vale Oeverzwaluw                          Co  Riparia paludicola
Sand Martin              Oeverzwaluw                   Bo    Ou        Riparia riparia
Barn Swallow             Boerenzwaluw               At Bo Me Ou TT Co  Hirundo rustica
Eurasian Crag Martin     Rotszwaluw                    Bo       TT     Ptyonoprogne rupestris theresae

House Martin             Huiszwaluw                             TT     Delichon urbicum
Red-rumped Swallow       Roodstuitzwaluw            At          TT Co  Cecropis daurica
Tawny Pipit              Duinpieper                    Bo       TTh    Anthus campestris
Tree Pipit               Boompieper                       Me           Anthus trivialis
Red-throated Pipit       Roodkeelpieper                      Ou        Anthus cervinus

Moroccan Wagtail         Marokkaanse Kwikstaart              Ou    Co  Motacilla subpersonata           *
White Wagtail            Witte Kwikstaart                    Ou        Motacilla alba
Spanish Wagtail          Iberische Kwikstaart                Ou        Motacilla iberiae
Ashy-headed Wagtail      Italiaanse Kwikstaart                     Co  Motacilla cinereocapilla
Blue-headed Wagtail      Gele Kwikstaart                  Me    TT Co# Motacilla flava

Gray Wagtail             Grote Gele Kwikstaart      At Bo              Motacilla cinerea
Common Bulbul            Grauwe Buulbuul            At Bo Me Ou TT Co  Pycnonotus barbatus
White-throated Dipper    Waterspreeuw               At                 Cinclus cinclus minor
Winter Wren              Winterkoning               At                 Troglodytes troglodytes
Blue Rock Thrush         Blauwe Rotslijster         At Bo              Monticola solitarius

Moroccan Blackbird       Marokkaanse Merel          At Bo Me Ou TT Co  Turdus merula mauritanicus        ^
Mistle Thrush            Grote Lijster              At                 Turdus viscivorus deisleri        ^
Zitting Cisticola        Graszanger                 At#            Co  Cisticola juncidis cisticola
Cetti's Warbler          Cetti's Zanger             At             Co  Cettia cetti
Melodious Warbler        Orpheusspotvogel                 Me           Hippolais polyglotta

Maghreb Scrub Warbler    Maghrebmaquiszanger           Bo              Scotocerca inquieta saharae
Rietzanger               Rietzanger                                Co  Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Eurasian Reed Warbler    Kleine Karekiet                           Coh Acrocephalus scirpaceus
Western Olivaceous Warb  Westelijke Vale Spotvogel  At Bo    Ou TT Co  Acrocephalus opacus              *
Eastern Olivaceous Warb  Saharaanse Vale Spotvogel     Bo    Ou#       Acrocephalus pallidus reiseri

Firecrest                Vuurgoudhaan               At                 Regulus ignicapilla balearica
Willow Warbler           Fitis                      At Bo Me    TT     Phylloscopus trochilus
Iberian Chiffchaff       Iberische Tjiftjaf            Bo              Phylloscopus ibericus
Wood Warbler             Fluiter                             Ou#       Phylloscopus sibilatrix
Western Bonelli's Warbl  Westelijke Bergfluiter     At    Me#   TT     Phylloscopus bonelli

Western Orphean warbler  Westelijke Orpheusgrasmus              TT Co  Sylvia hortensis
Eurasian Blackcap        Zwartkop                   At          TT Co# Sylvia atricapilla
Common Whitethroat       Grasmus                                TT     Sylvia communis
African Desert Warbler   Afrikaanse Woestijngrasmus       Me           Sylvia deserti                   *
Spectacled Warbler       Brilgrasmus                   Bo Me           Sylvia conspicillata

Tristram's Warbler       Atlasgrasmus               At                 Sylvia deserticola
Subalpine Warbler        Baardgrasmus              At# Bo       TT     Sylvia cantillans
Sardinian Warbler        Kleine Zwartkop            At Bo          Co  Sylvia melanocephala
European Pied Flycatcher Bonte Vliegenvanger           Bo Me    TT     Ficedula hypoleuca
European Robin           Roodborst                  At                 Erithacus rubecula

Common Nightingale       Nachtegaal                 At Bo Me Ou TT Co  Luscinia megarhynchos
Rufous-tailed ScrubRobin Westel. Rosse Waaierstaart             TT     Cercotrichas g galactotes         ^
Black Redstart           Zwarte Roodstaart          At Bo              Phoenicurus ochruros
Common Redstart          Gekraagde Roodstaart          Bo Me Ou TT     Phoenicurus phoenicurus
Moussier's Redstart      Diadeemroodstaart          At             Co  Phoenicurus moussieri            *

Whinchat                 Paapje                           Me    TT#    Saxicola rubetra
European Stonechat       Roodborsttapuit            At#            Co  Saxicola rubicola
Black Wheatear           Zwarte Tapuit              At Bo       TT     Oenanthe leucura
White-crowned Wheatear   Witkruintapuit                Bo Me Ou TT     Oenanthe leucopyga
Seebohm's  Wheatear      Seebohm's Tapuit           At Bo              Oenanthe seebohmi                *

Northern Wheatear        Tapuit                        Bo Me           Oenanthe oenanthe
Western Mourning Wheat   Westelijke Rouwtapuit         Bo              Oenanthe halophila               *
Red-rumped Wheatear      Roodstuittapuit               Bo              Oenanthe moesta                  *
Western Black-eared W-e  Westelijke Blonde Tapuit   At             Co  Oenanthe hispanica
Desert Wheatear          Woestijntapuit                Bo Me Ou TT     Oenanthe deserti

Fulvous Babbler          Bruingele Babbelaar                 Ou        Turdoides fulva                  *
Coal Tit                 Zwarte Mees                At          TT     Periparus ater atlas
Great Tit                Koolmees                   At          TT Coh Parus major excelsus              ^
Ultramarine Tit          Maghrebpimpelmees          At Bo#             Cyanistes ultramarinus           *
Maghreb Sh-t Treecreeper Maghrebboomkruiper         At                 Certhia brachydactyla mauretanica ^

Desert Grey Shrike       Woestijnklapekster         At Bo Me    TT     Lanius elegans elegans           *
Desert Grey Shrike       Woestijnklapekster                        Co  Lanius elegans algeriensis        ^
Woodchat Shrike          Roodkopklauwier            At Bo Me Ou TT Co  Lanius senator
Black-crowned Tchagra    Zwartkruintsjagra                         Co  Tchagra senegalus cucullatus      ^
Eurasian Jay             Gaai                       At#                Garrulus glandarius minor

Maghreb Magpie           Maghrebekster              At             Co  Pica mauretanica                 *
Red-billed Chough        Alpenkraai                 At                 Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax barbarus  ^
Alpine Chough            Alpenkauw                  At                 Pyrrhocorax graculus
Brown-necked Raven       Bruinnekraaf                     Me           Corvus ruficollis
African Northern Raven   Afrikaanse Raaf                           Co  Corvus corax tingitanus           ^

Spotless Starling        Zwarte Spreeuw             At          TT#Co  Sturnus unicolor
House Sparrow            Huismus                    At Bo Me Ou TT Co  Passer domesticus
Spanish Sparrow          Spaanse Mus                   Bo       TT Co  Passer hispaniolensis
Desert Sparrow           Woestijnmus                      Me           Passer simplex                   *
Rock Sparrow             Rotsmus                    At          TT# ?  Petronia petronia

Atlas Chaffinch          Atlasvink                  At Bo       TT?Co  Fringilla coelebs africana        ^
Atlas Crossbill          Atlaskruisbek              At                 Loxia curvirostra poliogyna       ^
Hawfinch                 Appelvink                  At          TT     Coccothraustes coccothraustes buvryi^
European Greenfinch      Groenling                     Bo       TT Co  Carduelis chloris voousi          ^
European Goldfinch       Putter                     At Bo       TT Co  Carduelis carduelis parva         ^

Eurasian Siskin          Sijs                       At                 Carduelis spinus
Common Linnet            Kneu                       At#            Co  Carduelis cannabina
European Serin           Europese Kanarie           At Bo    Ou TT Co  Serinus serinus
Afr.Crimson-winged Finch Atlasbergvink              At                 Rhodopechys alienus              *
Trumpeter Finch          Woestijnvink                     Me    TT     Bucanetes githagineus zedlidzi    ^

Cirl Bunting             Cirlgors                   At             Co  Emberiza cirlus
Ortolan Bunting          Ortolaan                               TT     Emberiza hortulana
Rock Bunting             Grijze Gors                At                 Emberiza cia
House Bunting            Huisgors                   At Bo Me Ou TT Co  Emberiza sahari                  *
Corn Bunting             Grauwe Gors                At          TT     Emberiza calandra
      
Other animals:

Identified afterwards by Arnoud on the basis of his photos:

Moroccan Rock Lizard 6 april Oukaimeden Scelarcis perspicillata (small lizards high in the mountains, some with tail broken off)

Spanish Terrapin 12 april Taliouine Mauremys leprosa saharae (water turtles met stripes on neck)

Saharan Green Frog 12 april Taliouine Rana saharica

Shaw’s Jird 8 april etc Tagdilt/Boumalne (‘gerbils’) Meriones shawi

Spiny-tailed Agama 8 april Uromastyx acanthinurus

Also, identified in the field:

Fat Sand Rat  Psammomys obesus

Barbary Ground Squirrel Atlantoxerus getulus

Wild Boar Sus scrofa

Egyptian Mongoose Herpestes ichneumon


See also:    Part 1. Birding sites     Part 2. Bird photos