5 thoughts on “Bird conservation in Morocco

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  3. Breeding avifauna of the Jbel Saghro (Anti-Atlas, Morocco), a detached Mediterranean upland bordering the Sahara, 30-31°N / 5-6°W


    Jbel Saghro mountain is located in the Anti-Atlas with an elevation of 2712 m, where we can find large areas of steppe on the slopes and peneplained summits, and numerous cliffs and rocky steepness. The vegetation is limited to a few relict of Juniperus thurifera groves that still survive in the northern summit slopes, riverine vegetation, and orchards. As no systematic ornithological surveys have been undertaken during the nesting season, little was then known about the breeding bird populations in Jbel Saghro. This gap was filled by our field trips carried out during spring 2004 and 2005 in a project aiming the conservation of biodiversity through maintaining the nomadic livestock breeding. The ornithological study revealed a rich and diverse breeding population (88 species, 62 of which are resident and 26 migratory). Among this population we can find Saharan, Mediterranean, and even central European species; although the majority of the species belongs to the steppes, the tree and cliff dwellers are also well represented. Several species of the latter two ecological categories occur in this area at their southern limit of their Western Palearctic range. These populations are often smaller and isolated from the more numerous populations of Northern Morocco which make them particularly vulnerable.



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