Birding Tours in Morocco

 

Morocco is the most popular birding destination in Africa north of the Sahara. With 446.550 sq km, this country has a very rich avifauna thanks to the high diversity of habitats: from desert to forested snow-capped mountains.
A large part of Morocco is mountainous. The Rif mountains occupy the region bordering the Mediterranean from the north-west to the north-east. The Atlas Mountains run down the backbone of the country, from the south west to the north east. Most of the south east portion of the country is in the Sahara Desert. Marshes are present on the coast.

  • nearly 500 bird species
  • 1 breeding endemic

12 days bird watching tour: from Atlas to Sahara
16 days bird watching tour: North and deep South

 

 

 

Customized birding tours can be planned for groups or individuals.

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Visited areas and sites (see map)

 

Tamri and Cape Rhir: Atlantic coast, sea cliffs, scrubland.
Northern Gannet, Balearic & Cory’s Shearwaters, Northern Bald Ibis, Audouin’s Gull, Arctic Skua …

Oued Massa and Oued Souss: Atlantic coast, estuaries, mudflats and sand beaches, halophytic vegetation.
Eurasian Spoonbill, Great Flamingo, Marbled Duck, Lanner Falcon, Black-winged Stilt, Slender-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, Plain Martin, Sardinian Warbler, Zitting Cisticola, Black-crowned Tchagra, House Bunting …

Alluvial plain of Souss and Taroundant region: Orchards, extensive cultures, argan forests.
Barbary & Peregrine Falcons, Black-shouldered Kite, North African Buzzard, Short-toed & Booted Eagles, (Dark-chanting Goshawk), Common Hoopoe, Southern Grey Shrike, Black-eared Wheatear, European Serin, Subalpine Warbler…

Merzouga, Erg Chebbi, Erfoud: Sand dunes (Sahara), seasonal lakes, palm groves, oueds.
Gull-billed & Black Terns, Houbara Bustard, Cream-coloured Courser, Spotted Sandgrouse, Egyptian Nightjar, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Bar-tailed & Hoopoe Larks, Common Redstart, White-crowned Wheatear, Sedge, Tristram’s, African Desert & Western Bonelli’s Warblers, Woodchat Shrike, Pied Flycatcher, Desert Sparrow…

Errachidia: Steppic plains and seasonal flowered meadows, oueds.
Montagu’s Harrier, Lesser Short-toed Lark, African Desert, Streaked Scrub & Spectacled Warblers, Fulvous Chatterer …

Tagdilt: Stony plains.
Crowned Sandgrouse, Thick-billed, Temminck’s & Desert Larks, Red-rumped & Mourning Wheatears, Trumpeter Finch …

Dadès & Todra gorges: Gorges, rocky cliffs, crops and orchards.
Bonelli’s Eagle, Common Nightingale, European Goldfinch, Winchat …

Oukaïmeden and the Ourika valley: High mountains, valleys, conifer forests.
Golden Eagle, Alpine Swift, Moussier’s Redstart, Blue & Rufous-tailed Rock-Thrushes, Red-billed & Yellow-billed Choughs, Horned Lark, Crimson-winged Finch …

Imlil: Cedar forests, mountains.
Levaillant’s Woodpecker, Coal & Ultramarine Tits, Mistle Thrush, Firecrest, Short-toed Tree-creeper, Eurasian Nuthatch, Hawfinch …

Merja Zerga: Lakes, lagunes, marshes, scrubland.
Marbled Teal, Ruddy Shelduck, Red-crested Pochard, Osprey, Red-knobbed Coot,  high diversity of shorebirds, Collared Praticole, Little Tern, Marsh Owl …

Zaër: Wooded plateaux, cork-oak woods, scrubland.
Double-spurred Francolin, Barbary Partridge, Little Owl, European Bee-eater, Wood & Thekla Larks, Black-crowned Tchagra, Golden Oriole, Woodchat Shrike, Cirl Bunting…

Lake region (Ifrane): Stony plateaux, cedar forests, lakes (‘dayet’).
Short-toed Eagle, Red-knobbed Coot, Levaillant’s Woodpecker, Seebohm’s Wheatear, Mistle Thrush, Firecrest, Coal & Ultramarine Tits, Atlas Flycatcher, Golden Oriole, Eurasian Jay, Eurasian Nuthatch, Rock Petronia…

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FIELD GUIDES:

 


+ Collins Bird Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe

PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT MOROCCO

 + Documentation: Please check visa with the  consulate concerning current regulations and  requirements.
+ Health: Consult your doctor or the Centers for Disease Control  like
http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx concerning health precautions and any injections that may be necessary to enter the area you will be visiting. + Infrastructure: Good driving conditions.
+ Language: Arabic, Berber, French.
+ Local time: GMT+0
+ Electricity: 220 volts. European sockets.
+ Currency: Moroccan Dirham (Dh).
+ Climate: The climate is Mediterranean, which becomes more extreme towards the interior regions where it is mountainous.In mountainous areas (like the Atlas range) temperatures often drop below zero and mountain peaks remain snow-capped throughout most of the year. Northern Morocco gets very wet and rainy during the winter, whereas in the south, at the edge of the Sahara, it gets bitterly dry and cold.. L. Svensson, K. Mullarney & D. Zetterström. Ed. D&N.
+ Birds of Europe with North Africa and the Middle East. Lars Jonsson. Ed. Nathan.

Amazilia Tours provides an up-to-date check-list to each participant for daily reports.

 All lodging is provided in hotels or comfortable lodges, near to or on-site.
The tour prices include lodging in double rooms (a supplement if 15% is charged for single room accommodation), all meals, transportation within the country, guide and entrance fees for the national parks. These prices do not include: international flight, alcoholic drinks, personal spending, airport departure tax, tips and travel insurance (repatriation, luggage loss and flight cancellation …
(see terms and conditions) .

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