BIRDS

Set in the verdant Azzaden Valley, watered by the melting snow of the High Atlas Mountains, Kasbah Africa offers a variety of resident and migratory bird species. 

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Wake up to the chirps of a Moroccan robin. Listen to the songs of the wren that live close to the river. The calls of the warblers can be heard near the bushes around the Kasbah. Flocks of wood and rock pigeons can be seen on tops of oak trees, in the alpine trees in the mountains and in the numerous olive trees of Kasbah Africa. Blackbirds sing at sunrise and sunset, close to guest rooms. Great and blue tits chase insects and drink the nectarine of flowers. The Common swift drinks from the infinity pool mid-flight. Little owls provide a distinctive night sound. 

Guests can observe grey and pied wagtails walking beside the river paths. House and cirl buntings never leave the Kasbah’s bird feeder, often joined by rock buntings. Sering and green finch love the trees around the pool. Chiffchaff are sighted regularly near the pool. A short walk along the Azzaden river valley reveals woodpeckers and spotted woodpeckers feeding on the larvae of wood-boring insects in the highest trees. Deep in the forest look out for hawk finch, a shy bird that only comes down to drink before returning to perch on the top of the highest trees. The rare black and common redstart can also be seen close to the Kasbah. 

Birds of prey such as falcons, kestrel, hawk and sometime buzzards are regularly seen searching for a tasty meal. The Eurasian jay is a shy local bird but can be heard when he is moving down from the mountains in spring. The alpine warbler lives in mountain bushes and is often seen in Spring. Stonechats can also be seen in Spring through to Summer. Towards the end of May, swifts and swallows arrive. During the summer commonly seen visitors include the rock thrush, the European roller, pied flycatcher, and cuckoos. Golden orioles stay throughout the summer, enjoying the ripening fruit of Kasbah Africa’s fruit trees, before departing in October.

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SARDINIAN WARBLER

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SUBALPINE WARBLER

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AFRICAN BLUE TIT

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LEVAILLANT WOODPECKER

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GREEN-FINCH

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CHAFFINCH

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ROCK BUNTING

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WOOD PIGEON

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SPOTTLESS-STARLING

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STONECHAT

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COMMON CUCKOO

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CIRL BUNTING