Swedish Peregrine Falcon captured and then released at Casablanca

A 3-year old male Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus ) ringed in Sweden was captured in south of Casablanca on 18 December 2015. It was released after negotiations. The information has been transmitted to the Swedish Bird Ringing Centre.

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) Swedish-born male 3 years 12/18/2015 captured the south of Casablanca. Released after negotiations … The information was passed on to the Swedish Bird Ringing Centre.

Karim Rousselon


Karim got the following response from Sweden:

The Peregrine male CX was born in captivity in 2012 and released (by hacking technique) the same summer on a water tower in the town Västerås (100 km west Stockholm) at the age of 35 days.

The following year (2013) he returned and seemed to set up territory in the city. He often perched on the tower of the local cathedral (= the tallest building in town).

Next year -2014 – he attracted a (1 year old) female. They tried to breed in a nest box we put up on another tall building in the harbour area but they failed. Maybe the female was too young.

In 2015, they both returned but a 2nd female appeared and took the place of the young lady. She and the male CX successfully reared 3 young. This was the first breeding of Peregrine falcon in central Sweden for 60 years. The female is spending the winter on the breeding site, I see her most days.

To learn more about the introduction project of the Peregrine Falcons in Västerås, central Sweden, see these articles (in Swedish but easily understood with translation):

Poaching (killing and taking of birds and other protected animals) in Morocco:While the situation is not as bad as in some eastern Mediterranean countries, poaching still exist in Morocco as well. A few example mentioned in this blog before:


Peregrine Falcon CX from Sweden after it was rescued from the poachers, Casablanca, Morocco
Male Swedish Peregrine Falcon CX after it was rescued from the poachers, Casablanca, Morocco
This article was first published by Moroccan Birds 8 January 2016

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