3 January 2019 – The Hoopoe in winter

There are only a few winter records of Hoopoe in Morocco, from late November through early January (since Smith 1965). They are scattered throughout the country and suggest that some birds overwinter, but it is not known whether these are local or from Europe (Thévenot et al. 2003).

This one, photographed by Abdellatif Al Ouardi between Tiddas and Oulmès on 26 december 2018, will not see 2019 (in Facebook).

A few references

  • Bergier, P., Thévenot, M. and Qninba, A. 2017. Oiseaux du Sahara Atlantique Marocain. SEOF, Paris, 359 pp.
  • Cherkaoui, I., Boutaleb, A., Faqihi, Y. and Saddik, M. Quelques observations d’oiseaux rares ou peu communs en hiver 2005-2006 à l’embouchure de la Moulouya et dans la plaine de Triffa (nord-est du Maroc). Go-South Bulletin 3: 43-47.
  • Smith, K.D. 1965. On the birds of Morocco. Ibis 107: 493–526.
  • Thévenot, M., Vernon, R. and Bergier, P. 2003. The Birds of Morocco. British Ornithologists’ Union Check List n°20. Tring, 594 pp.

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