Significant population of Egyptian Vulture found in Morocco

Recent observations of the globally endangered Egyptian Vulture in Morocco become so rare that some authors considered the species on the verge of local extinction as a breeding species. In this context, the observation of 4 birds in May 2014 and a successful breeding later that year were received with excitement among the Moroccan ornithological community and beyond.


Egyptian Vulture courtesy of Zdenek Tunka, Czech Republic

So in June 2014, we set up an expedition to the Middle Atlas Mountains to search the Egyptian Vultures in the region. During the six-days survey we found new occupied breeding territories and a communal roosting site, the first of its kind in Northwest Africa, that hosted 40 vultures of different ages. The results are summarised in this paper:Amezian, M. & El Khamlichi, R. (2015). Significant population of Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus found in Morocco. Ostrich doi:10.2989/00306525.2015.1089334
(Abstract)A video showing part of the communal roost site is here:

Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus ) at the nest, Middle Atlas, Morocco, June 2014 (Rachid El Khamlichi)
During the Egyptian Vulture expedition we used ‘mobile hotel’ with mini-kitchen and everything, Middle Atlas (Mohamed Amezian) 

This article was first published by Moroccan Birds 10 December 2015

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