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Heatherlea: Tour of Morocco

  • Morocco has specialities and near-endemics only found in the south of the Western Palearctic, and could have been designed for birding! In late March the beautiful landscape explodes into bloom, helping birds such as Nightingale, warblers and buntings on northward migration, adding an extra dimension to our tour. A mouth-watering hitlist of species.

Camel crossing the Moroccan Desert
Photo: Lutz Lücker

Bird Photos from Morocco

Boletas Birdwatching Centre:

  • Boletas Birdwatching Centre, offers you two tours in Morocco visiting the most important habitats of this attractive country : Our 11-day from the Atlas mountains through the magic Sahara desert to the Atlantic coast. Our 10-day tour combining birdwatching in the Atlas mountains and Atlantic coast with visits to three cultural cities, Marrakesh, Essaouira and Ouarzazate. Our deep knowledge of the best birding areas  gives you the opportunity to see most of the Moroccan bird specialties such as  Bald Ibis, Desert Eagle Owl, Levaillant's Woodpecker, Desert Sparrow, Crimson-winged Finch or Hubara Bustard

Morocco 1st November 2014 – 8th November 2014 - a report in .pdf format (2Mb) - Tom Barker

Morocco January 15th - 22nd 2013

  • This illustrates that even without trying very hard a visit to Morocco in winter is a rewarding experience for the northern birder. It is an underwatched country, and the thing that struck me most was just how many things we saw that aren't 'supposed' to be there in winter....John Knight reports.

Morocco, April 28th-May 6th 2012

  • A male Tristram’s Warbler was showing very well on the Tizi Pass and a juvenile Dupont’s Lark was observed on the Zaida Plains. In the evening, we arrived in Azrou. A small colony of Lesser Kestrels was present at the mosque in front of our hotel...Peter Collaerts reports.

Morocco, 19th-26th March 2012

  • We awoke the next morning to the sound of a Common Bulbul warbling outside our window, and from the balcony added House Bunting, Blackbird, White Stork, and a flight of Cattle Egrets...Ray Thorneycroft reports.

Morocco Trip: April 8th 2012-April 15th 2012

  • A flock of Pallid Swifts and a White Stork flew overhead as we exited the plane and a House Bunting sang from the airport building....Ken Musgrove reports.

Morocco – High Atlas to the Sahara Desert 28th March – 2nd April 2011 a report in .pdf format (0.35Mb) by Mick Bell

Morocco and the Western Sahara 3-14th July 2010 a report in .pdf format (0.5Mb) by Richard Bonser

Morocco November 2006

  • Then came an even more breathtaking mountain circuit to Tafronte which gave us our first looks at more desert birds - Trumpeter Finch, Thick-billed and Hoopoe Larks, White-crowned Black Wheatear, and Desert Lark - and also Red-billed Chough and Barbary Falcon....Steve Rooke reports for Sunbird

Southern Morocco 1 - 4 May 2010

  • Dawn saw me back at the Tagdilt Track, this time starting on the old track, and I quickly found a superb Thick-billed Lark alongside the car on the plateau area beyond the main wadi.  A Hoopoe Lark was seen in flight a little further along..Gruff Dodd reports.

Moroccan Spice 23rd February - 5th March 2010

  • Another warm sunny day for ‘Operation Bald Ibis’, as we headed north to Tamri in search of one of the rarest birds in the Western Palaearctic..Chris Hall reports.

Southern Morocco 6-23rd Feb 2009 - Detailed report in pdf format (2Mb) - Sander Bot

Morocco, Agadir and surrounds 5th to 19th November 2008

  • A wonderful fortnight enjoying the sights and sounds of Morocco with the highlight being 80 Bald Ibis feeding not 10 yards from the car...Alan Miller reports.
Atlas Flycatcher

Ifrane area, Middle Atlas - Morocco May 10 to 23, 2008-06-28

  • The avifauna of the region of Ifrane looks like that of the center of France. Most of the species are the same but are represented to it by different subspecies, sometimes even very different (Chaffinch, Wheatear, Jay). Some species are different : North African Tit Parus (teneriffae) ultramarinus, Atlas Flycatcher Ficedula (hypoleuca) speculigera, Levaillant’s Woodpecker Picus vaillantii and Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus or Crested Coot Fulica cristata...Georges Olioso reports

MOROCCO From Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert: March 21st to 31st 2007

  • Next up is another lovely bird – a perfect male Moussier’s Redstart really close to us! This is a key find, and although Peter R misses out due to being in the minibus, there is no need to worry; it is common and as Josele promised, we get good views many times...Kevin Shaw reports for a Boletas/Heathlea tour

D.I.Y. Birding Morocco 3rd December to 10th December 2007

  • On our arrival at Oued Sous we were greeted by a few more lifers, namely the beautiful Moussier’s Redstart and Sardinian Warbler accompanied by the plentiful European Stonechat...Brian & Isabel Eady report.

Southern Morocco 12-21st March 2007

  • The target bird here was Crimson-winged Finch and trip reports suggested that these were not always guaranteed if the conditions weren’t right. We drove about 100m past the ski lift to where the snow came down to the edge of the track. Within a few minutes of arriving we had 5 birds close-up feeding along the snowline at the edge of the track...Ray Thornycroft reports
House Bunting

A family holiday to Marrakech 20th to 27th January 2007

Every building you seem to visit has a House Bunting and a Common Bulbul, so you really cannot fail seeing these two....Garry Bagnell reports.

Morocco - Agadir and Bald Ibis 3rd to 17th November 2006

  • A fortnight in the sun enjoying the sights and sounds of Agadir including a hire car for three days to search for Bald Ibis...Alan Miller reports.

Pharaoh Eagle-owl

Morocco Mar - 2006, 188 Bird Species recorded

  • It didn’t take long to reach our first planned stop and no sooner had we left the vehicles than a pair of Levaillant’s Woodpeckers showed nearby.. Everyone had superb views of this very special bird, and shortly after a Long-legged Buzzard was seen flying over the hills above us.....Nick Bray reports for Birdseekers

Morocco 2nd - 10th April 2005

  • After gaining inspiration from several trip reports backed with a long harboured ambition to visit, we decided to journey to Morocco....the simple aim of this trip was to see as much as we could in a little over a week and really aim to locate and appreciate several ‘target’ species that can be found in this extremely diverse country...Richard Bonser reports.

South Morocco 12th - 25th March 2005 

  • We visited several parts of the Sous-Valley in Morocco by bike, and visited the Tagdilt track area by car. There are many birding reports about these areas, therefore only the highlights are described....Jord Prangsma reports

Black-crowned Tchagra

Southern Morocco 11 to 18 February 2005

  • When we stopped the car a big colourful bird flew up: our first Black-crowned Tchagra.  The bird had caught a small lizard and started to eat it just a few metres from us. When he was finished he climbed in a tree, looked around a bit and started to sing!...Marnix Jonker reports

Ouarzazate, Morocco Spring 2005

  • This report from Helen Graham may be of interest to those bird watchers who wish to combine some relaxation in a lovely hotel and great birds on the doorstep.

Southern Morocco 22 – 29 December 2004

  • Our aim was to reach Auberge Kasbah Said today, so we moved on. White-tailed Wheatear and Red-rumped Wheatear were numerous along the road.  A short stop 8 km west of Touroug produced 8 Fulvous Chatterers and a Hoopoe Lark on the south side of the road. In the village of Touroug we saw our first Common Bulbuls...Bart Bos reports

Southern Morocco November 2004

  • The area was being ploughed by local farmers at the time of the visit and I quickly picked up 14 Cream-coloured Coursers, 6 Hoopoe Lark, Lanner Falcon, 2 Black-bellied Sandgrouse, c50 Greater Short-toed Larks and up to 1000 Lesser Short-toed Larks....Shaun Robson reports

Morocco 9th-18th April, 2004

  • Since we had less than 10 days for a 3400 km trip, we spent a lot of time driving and observing, very little on photography. Weather was mostly dry, just a few drops at night in Merzouga  and rain in Zeida on the evening/night of  the 15th. We managed approx.160 species..Lutz Lücker reports.

Taroudant, Morocco 4/4/2004 - 11/04/2004

  • Taroudant is in the centre of the Sous Valley between the High Atlas and Anti Atlas. Definitely worth visiting in Spring.The surrounding countryside is alive with birds and easily accessed from the town...M. A. Graham reports

Morocco 25th January to 1st February 2004

  • We got up early as there was a lot of singing outside from the mosques. And still dark outside we sat ourselves down for a small breakfast at the hotel. When light appeared the songs of Common Bulbuls could be heard....Justin Jansen reports

South Morocco 7-13 July

  • This one week-trip was quite exhausting as we drove 2300 kms. Also, the aim was not to see a maximum of species but the southern « specialities »...Olivier Fontaine reports.

Morocco October 2003

  • We went for birdwatching in Morocco in 1995, so we had some target species that we missed the previous trip, and most of the "possible" species that we expected to see, we could see them. We saw 182 species...Arnau Bonan reports


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Some Useful bird books for Morocco:
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Collins Bird Guide
Lars Svensson et al: Buy from or

  • Described by some as the best field guide in the world, and 15 years in the making. Has it been Worth the Wait?...Yes definately! If you buy just 1 book a year then make sure that its this one. Stunning drawings by the worlds finest bird illustrators..and it shows..check out the plates on tern, Skuas, and the Ducks...not forgetting the Finches and Crossbills.

A Field Guide to the Raptors of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa
William S. Clark: Buy from or

  • The birds of prey must rank among the most imposing birds to be found anywhere in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. In this guide, the author presents the latest information on tried and tested field marks for identifying the diurnal raptors, both perched and in flight. Forty-eight colour plates, especially painted for this volume by artist N. John Schmitt, depict all the plumages for every raptor found in the Western Palearctic region,

Travel Information for Morocco

Lonely Planet Morocco (Travel Guides)
Geoff Crowther, Bradley Mayhew, et al: Buy from or

  • This guide to Morocco offers insider advice on where to sleep, eat and play and understand Moroccan Arabic, French and Berber. Detailed maps cover medieval medinas, the rugged Atlas Mountains and everywhere between, and where to experience the country's best trekking, bird-watching and surf.

Insight Guide Morocco (Insight Guides Morocco, 6th Ed)
Dorothy Stannard (Editor):Buy from or

  • This book immediately grabbed my attention, when I saw it for sale in Marrakesh. It has the best pictures of any guidebook that exists on Morocco, and it has lots of pictures. It also has the best history section I have seen in any of the Moroccan guide books...
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