Bird watching Holidays in Morocco

A pair of  the citically endangered Northern Bald Ibis in a coastal habitat amongst clumps of restharrow where food such as beetles and lizards may be found

Why Choose us for Bird Watching holidays in Morocco?

The place is teeming with wildlife and many bird watching enthusiasts have the trip of a lifetime when they choose bird watching holidays in Morocco in the spring or autumn.

Male - Moussier's Redstart
Male – Moussier’s Redstart

Bird Watching
Around 480 species of birds either make their home in Morocco or pass through on their migratory routes, making Morocco the best country in the North Africa, Europe and the Middle East for bird watching .

When to go
The best time to visit is between October and May.

Autumn:  November is particularly good for coastal wetland sites, as the winter migrants have just arrived. Spring: March to May  is the best time to see the greatest range of migrants and residents.

The South West offers a great deal of interest in a small area. We recommend Taroudant as a base: –

  • Our guide, Said, based at La Maison Anglaise in Taroudant, has a wealth of knowledge, a very keen eye, a great love of ornithology, a biology degree and long experience of assisting birdwatchers since 1996.
  • There are 3 Protected Areas in the region: The Argan forest Biosphere reserve, the Tamri National Park, where  the critically endangered Bald Ibis  is often seen, & the Souss Massa National Park, renowned for its wetland  and cactoid euphorbia habitats.
  • We have a specialist library and a range of displays of interest at our guest house in Taroudant.

Some Comments; –

“Staying at Taroudant with our groups each year has been a wonderful experience. The hospitality and the food is first class and Said is a great companion in the field. Being close to the Atlas and right in the bird-rich Souss Valley makes it a superb base for a wildlife tour and Said’s local knowledge has helped us no end”  Ian Green, Greentours

“…a great day with Said and his group walking and birding in the mountains. I enjoyed the outing enormously; Said is a great guide. ”  Lorna Megaw, Oct 2017

The Souss Massa National Park

Blue Rock Thrush male
Blue Rock Thrush – male

Euphorbia steppe (unique to this part of Morocco) and 2 estuaries that are a magnet for migrant birds. Its northern boundary at the Souss estuary, some 8 miles south of Agadir, offers considerable interest including flamingoes, many waders and the Red-necked Nightjar.

FlamingoesTowards its southern edge is the Massa estuary/lagoon, some 40 Miles south of Agadir, famous for its birdlife, migrants, especially waders and gulls. Species of particular interest in the Park include: breeding Marbled Ducks and Northern Bald Ibis. Also of interest are Glossy Ibis. European Spoonbill, Audouin’s Gull, Thick-billed Lark, Tristram’s Warbler, Moussier’s Redstart, Eurasian Coots, Little Grebes, Herons, Redstarts, Sardinian warblers, Blackcaps, Western Marsh Harrier, Ospreys and much more.

The Tamri National Park

Tamri lies on the Atlantic coast north of Agadir and south of Essaouira, roughly midway between the 2 towns. It is undoubtedly the best place to find the critically endangered northern Bald Ibis, since it is not a shy bird and it is easy to observe. En route near promontory of Cap Rhir you will see many sea birds.

Our Trips

We run day trips from Taroudant for those wishing to have a brief introduction to bird watching, and can arrange longer itineraries such as the 6 day programme listed below. This may be offered as a “birdwatchers only” tour or as part of a more general  wildlife tour, or, if you are happy to be in the company of non birders to reduce costs, Said will spot or advise on  birds of interest in passing.

Day 1: The Souss Valley: the Argan forest, Tioute Palmery and the Anti Atlas Mountains. A patchwork of dryland, oases and irrigated land.

Day 2The Souss Massa National Park south of Agadir: resident and migrant birds of the Souss and Massa  estuaries.

Day 3The Atlantic Coast North of Agadir:  Coastal habitats. The Northern Bald Ibis and the Tamri National Park.

Day 4: The Atlas East of Taroudant : Tiz n Test Pass and the Aoulouz Gorge.

Day 5: The Western High Atlas North of Taroudant – terraced irrigated valleys, ancient olive groves, mountain slopes and mountain streams.  

Day 6: Taroudant town: Relaxation and birds in and around the town.