Pheasant by Julian Bhalerao
Finding Birds in Morocco: coast and mountains Sbk

Finding Birds in Morocco: coast and mountains Sbk

Updated version 2017.

Compared to other publications covering the same area, this one:

  • Provides the most useful maps - so you can easily find your way to the best bits of wetland, plain or woodland
  • Includes GPS co-ordinates to help you find the right turnings, parking spaces or viewing points
  • Highlights the best areas only - and summarises the key attraction in the first paragraph so you can easily decide whether to read on or bother to visit the site
  • Has a map on the inside cover which serves as an index so you can easily find any site in the book
  • Is light and portable (and cheap)

"Although most birders visit Morocco to experience the magnificent deserts with their many special birds, there are also a number of other sites in the country that offer great birding and a further selection of highly sought-after species such as Atlas Flycatcher, Double-spurred Francolin, Marsh Owl, Black-crowned Tchagra, Tristram's Warbler, Bald Ibis and Seebohm's Wheatear'. This book describes sites for all those species in much more detail than any other publication, giving you the best possible chance of seeing them if you visit Morocco."

 - Dave Gosney

Sites covered:

Larache marsh - a great site for waterbirds including Purple Swamphen and Moustached Warbler - and Little Swifts breeding nearby.

Merdja Zerga - no more slender-billed Curlews but still great for Marsh Owl.

The Merdjas - how to find merdjas Khaloufa, Barga and Oulad Sgher.

Lac de Sidi Bourhaba - close-up views of Red-knobbed Coot and Marbled Duck and a chance of Marsh Owl and White-headed Duck too.

Sidi Yahya - hints on how to find Double-spurred Francolin at the only known site in the Western Palearctic.

Oualidia to Sidi Moussa - exactly how to find the best wetlands along this stretch of coast including hotspots for waders, crakes, Red-knobbed Coot and Marbled Duck.

Zemamra lakes - four lakes that can all be terrific for passage or wintering waders and waterfowl.

Essaouira and Wadi Ksob - famous for Eleonora's Falcon but with Brown-throated Sand Martin, Black-crowned Tchagra and Western Reef Egret too.

Tamri estuary and Cap Rhir - the best site in the world for Bald Ibis but also an estuary and seawatch point where anything could turn up.

Oued Sous - a terrific wetland close to Agadir including details of exactly where to look for Red-necked Nightjars.

Oued Massa - a wetland where waterbirds have become more difficult to find but cranes, ibis and Marbled Duck still occur and there's a breeding site for Brown-throated Sand Martin.

High Atlas mountains - where to look for species such as Tristram's Warbler, Levaillant's Woodpecker and Bonelli's Eagle.

Oukaimeden - where to look for Crimson-winged Finch and Alpine Accentor, even in spring when the Seebohm's Wheatears have arrived.

Middle Atlas mountains - exactly where to look for the endemic Atlas Flycatcher plus Seebohm's Wheatear, Ruddy Shelduck, Levaillant's Woodpecker, etc.

Dayet Aoua - a delightful site with breeding Red-knobbed Coot including exactly where to look for Levaillant's Woodpecker, Atlas Flycatcher and Roller.

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