First Pygmy Sunbird for Algeria

Pygmy Sunbird / Souimanga pygmée (Hedydipna platura), Wilaya of Bordj Badji Mokhtar, southern Algeria, October 2023 (Karim Haddad).

First record of Pygmy Sunbird (Hedydipna platura) for Algeria. Première mention du Souimanga pygmée pour l’Algérie. During a birding trip in autumn 2023 to southern Algeria, members of Écocirta Association, in coordination with the local Tijem Association*, documented the first Pygmy Sunbird for the country. The group photographed a male and a female Pygmy Sunbirds […]

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First North African Ostrich nest in the wild in Morocco

Nest of the North African Ostrich (Struthio camelus camelus), Mhamid region, south-east Morocco, March 2024 (Mohammed Znari).

North African Ostrich (or Red-necked Ostrich) nests in the wild in Morocco for the first time in decades. In Morocco, the wild population of the North African Ostrich (Struthio camelus camelus) experienced a significant decline in the 19th century, leading to its complete disappearance by the second half of the 20th century. Note that while

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First African Green Bee-eater for Algeria

African Green Bee-eater / Guêpier vert (Merops viridissimus), Tawendert, Tin Zaouatin, southern Algeria, 4 Nov 2023 (Mourad Harzallah).

First record of the African Green Bee-eater (Merops viridissimus) in Algeria.Première observation du Guêpier vert en Algérie. During a birding trip to the Wilaya (Province) of In-Guezzam adjacent to Mali, members of the Algerian Wildlife Watchers Association (AWWA) documented another new species for Algeria. On 4 November 2023, the birding party photographed two African Green Bee-eaters in

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Yellowhammer in Algeria / Bruant jaune en Algérie

Yellowhammer / Bruant jaune (Emberiza citrinella), Bordj Zemoura, Wilaya of Bordj Bouareridj, eastern Algeria (Mourad Harzallah).

A new record of Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella) for Algeria.Une nouvelle mention de Bruant jaune pour l’Algérie (voir le texte au-dessous de la photo). The distribution range of the Yellowhammer extends from the northern parts of the Iberian Peninsula to Northern Asia. It’s generally resident, especially in the western parts of its range. In Northern Africa,

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Lanner Falcons hunt a Fennec Fox (video)

A pair of Lanner Falcons (Falco biarmicus) cooperatively hunt a Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda) in southern Morocco

A pair of Lanner Falcons (Falco biarmicus) cooperatively hunt a Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda) in southern Morocco. The video below showing two Lanner Falcons engaging in cooperative hunting of a fully grown Fennec Fox. The footage was captured by members of the Association Anafis in the Qatari hunting reserve within the Boujdour region, southern Morocco.

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Northern Bald Ibis breeds in Switzerland for the first time in 400 years

Northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita) sitting on its nest built on the windowsill of a Harley-Davidson dealer in an industrial area near Zurich airport, June 2023 (Martin Meier).

First breeding of the Northern Bald Ibis in Switzerland in 400 years. A pair have chosen to nest in a very strange place: a windowsill of a Harley-Davidson dealer. The only remaining wild colonies of the Northern Bald Ibis are located in the Souss-Massa National Park and Tamri cliffs, south-west Morocco. Two reintroduction projects are

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