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New breeding sites for Bald Ibis discovered in northern Africa

Date posted: 
Friday, November 24, 2017

This Critically Endangered bird is bouncing back with record breeding success in Morocco in 2017.

The Critically Endangered Northern Bald Ibis

© Vincent Legrand / Agami

As the day drew to a close, the orange light reflecting from the Atlantic seemed to soften the texture of the sun-baked Moroccan cliffs. The Northern Bald Ibis were perched on a couple of sloping, sandstone ledges, an entire colony of about 20 settling in for the night, low squawks and rustles heard above the scouring waves only a few metres below. Birds often nest in precarious places, and despite the cliffs in Tamri, southwest Morocco, actually being pretty strong, by knowing this species’ Critically Endangered status, you cannot help but feel a little worried for these large, iridescent-black creatures. During the 2017 reproductive season, two new breeding sites were discovered. Read aabout this success here.

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