Morocco’s superb birdlife, along with its unique blend of culture, landscapes, and geographical positioning makes it a fantastic birding destination
Located in the northwest corner of Africa, Morocco seamlessly blends African and Mediterranean influences, offering a captivating tapestry of landscapes for birding enthusiasts. From stony deserts (hammada) to vast sand dunes, tranquil lakes, winding rivers, estuaries, and the majestic Atlas Mountains, Morocco presents an ideal canvas for birdwatching. Exploring elevations around 2600m in the Atlas Mountains reveals an intriguing avifauna, adding to the allure of Morocco as a captivating destination for birders.
The country’s distinctiveness lies in its specialities and near-endemics exclusive to the southern part of the Western Palearctic, making it a top choice for birdwatchers. Morocco’s thoughtfully varied habitats contribute to its status as a top-tier location, promising a rich and diverse tapestry of birdlife. The allure lies in the rare species like the Bald Ibis, Atlas Flycatcher, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Tawny Eagle, Eleonora’s Falcon, and African Marsh Owl. Other sought-after species include Dupont’s Lark, Moussier’s Redstart, Desert Warbler, Black-crowned Tchagra, and Desert Sparrow.
Morocco’s unique amalgamation of culture, diverse landscapes, rich birdlife, and strategic geographical positioning makes it an exceptional destination for a birding tour, promising an unforgettable and enriching experience for birding enthusiasts.
At Sustainable Birding, we don’t offer ready-made, off-the-shelf birding tours. Our approach is deeply personalised—we meticulously craft each of our tours in Morocco from scratch, ensuring every detail aligns with your unique preferences. From the savannah of the Masai Mara to the lush forests of Kakamega and the coastal beauty of Arabuko Sokoke, our team of seasoned birding experts use our comprehensive knowledge to tailor your birding holiday, guaranteeing an experience perfectly attuned to your specific requirements.
All our birding tours in Morocco are expertly guided by our passionate, knowledgeable and experienced Moroccan tour leaders. They are some of the best guides on the planet! So, give us a call or drop us an email and let’s talk Morocco!
Reasons to go on a Tailor-made Birding Tour
• Select the exact dates that suit your schedule.
• Choose the ideal time of year for your birding adventure.
• Travel alongside your preferred companions—be it family, friends, or fellow birders.
• Set your pace—whether fast or brisk.
• Customise within your personal budget, from luxurious to budget accommodations or a mix.
• Craft a tour that matches your specific interests—whether intense birding, leisurely exploration, photography, culture, music, wine, botany, butterflies, herpetology, geology, diving, hiking, and beyond.
• Our team is here to cater to your interests and ensure a fulfilling birding holiday.
Explore our selection of Scheduled Group Birding Tours in Morocco. These groups tours have been designed to fit different birding preference and time restraints. Typically, our group tours are more affordable, and allow people to meet up and make lifelong memories with fellow birders. All our group tours are small and come with an expert Tour Leader, having groups no bigger than 6 individuals, so you still get that intimate feeling and the full attention of the Tour Leader.
Please refer to our Birding Calendar for tour schedules, dates, and fixed prices.
The optimal time for birding in Morocco is between late April and mid-May. During this period, temperatures are generally ideal for birdwatching, providing a comfortable climate for enthusiasts. Importantly, this timeframe coincides with the presence of all the specialities, including the belated arrival of the Atlas Flycatcher.
Late April to mid-May corresponds with the spring season, a crucial period for birdwatchers seeking a diverse range of species. This is when migratory birds are in abundance, and many resident birds are engaged in breeding activities. The late-arriving Atlas Flycatcher is more likely to be spotted during this window, enhancing the overall birding experience.
Morocco exhibits a diverse climate across its various regions, reflecting its geographical intricacies. Along the coastal northwest, including cities like Tangier and Casablanca, a Mediterranean climate prevails. Winters in these areas are mild, accompanied by moderate rainfall, while summers are warm and dry.
Moving inland to cities like Marrakech and Fes, a subtropical climate dominates. Here, summers can be hot with high temperatures, and winters are generally mild, featuring cooler evenings. Rainfall is limited in these inland areas.
The high mountain ranges, particularly the Atlas Mountains, contribute to a distinctive mountain climate. The climate varies significantly with altitude, and higher elevations experience cooler temperatures. Winter often brings snowfall to these mountainous regions, adding an additional layer of diversity to Morocco’s climatic tapestry.
Throughout the country, the weather and climate play a crucial role in shaping the landscape and influencing local ecosystems. The varied climatic zones offer unique experiences for visitors, from the coastal plains to the mountainous terrains, making Morocco an intriguing destination with a rich array of climates to explore.
When going on one of our birding tours in Morocco, packing essentials ensures a comfortable and rewarding experience. Firstly, lightweight and breathable clothing is crucial due to the diverse climates, ranging from coastal regions to mountainous areas. A hat and sunglasses provide protection from the sun, while sturdy, comfortable footwear is essential for varied terrains during our excursions.
Considering the variability in temperatures, a light jacket or layers can be handy for cooler evenings or higher altitudes. Sunscreen and insect repellent are important additions for sun protection and to ward off insects.
Equipment such as high-quality binoculars tailored for birdwatching is essential and if you have a good working camera and lens, then please bring it with you! A comprehensive field guide specific to the country’s birds, such as Birds of Morocco would be recommended.
*Remember that when you book a Peru birding tour with us over 14 days, we will send you a new complementary field guide!
The Sustainable Birding Company is a subsidiary of Far and Wild Travel, a tailor-made tour company based in Cumbria, UK. Far and Wild Travel offer sustainable, luxury, tailor-made tour itineraries throughout Africa and around the world.