Birds in Algeria

Index of articles about “Algerian birds”: ornithological studies and reports, rare birds sightings, general birding news,…etc. In short, everything about birds and birding in Algeria is filed under this category.

 

New records of Moltoni’s Warbler in Algeria

Moltoni’s Warbler / Fauvette de Moltoni (Sylvia subalpina), El Borma, Ouargla, Algerian Sahara, 7 April 2019 (Alex Viechec)

The recent split of the Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina) as a full species is widely adopted by different taxonomic authorities. However, until the end of the 20th century, the Moltoni’s Warbler wasn’t even considered as a valid subspecies of the “Subalpine Warbler”. For some details, read: “Moltoni’s Warbler: from an invalid ‘subspecies’ to a full …

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House Bunting reached Algeria’s Mediterranean coast

House Bunting (Emberiza sahari), Tissemsilt, northern Algeria (Mohamed Maïrif).

House Bunting found breeding at the Casbah of Algiers. It’s the first observation of this ‘southern’ species on the Mediterranean coast of the country. The House Bunting (Emberiza sahari) is a widely distributed species across North Africa from Morocco to western Libya. And it’s also patchily distributed in the Sahara from Mauritania to Chad. Although …

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Andalusian Buttonquail observed in Algeria

Andalusian Buttonquail / Turnix d’Andalousie (Turnix sylvaticus sylvaticus), north-east Algeria, 29 Nov. 2019 (Moussa Houache).

The Andalusian Buttonquail observed in Algeria for the first time after almost three decades without confirmed sightings. Le Turnix d’Andalousie observé en Algérie pour la première fois après une absence d’observations vérifiées pendant près de trois décennies. The Andalusian Buttonquail – affectionately known in Europe as Andalusian Hemipode – is the Mediterranean endemic subspecies of …

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Le Tarin des aulnes (Spinus spinus) dans le Nord-est du Sahara algérien

Répartition spatio-temporelle du Tarin des aulnes en Algérie / Spatio-temporal distribution of Eurasian Siskin in Algeria.

This note presents unusual observations of the Eurasian Siskin in the North-East of the Algerian Sahara, specifically in the palm city of Ouargla, where the species is observed in winter 2017/2018. In the Algerian Sahara, the species is rarely observed except the following few records: at El Goléa and Ghardaïa oases palms in winter 1976 …

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Great Spotted Cuckoo breeds in Algeria for the first time

Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator glandarius) begging for food from its adoptive parent, the Maghreb Magpie (Pica mauritanica), north-east Algeria, July 2019 (Mourad Harzallah)

Breeding of Great Spotted Cuckoo in Algeria is confirmed probably for the first time ever. The breeding of Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator Glandarius) is Algeria was suspected based on old records, but probably never confirmed (see under the next photo). Last July, naturalist Mourad Harzallah confirmed the breeding of the species in Algeria beyond any …

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First photographed Rüppell’s Warbler in Algeria

Rüppell's Warbler / Fauvette de Rüppell (Sylvia ruppeli), Djanet, south-east Algeria, 8 Dec. 2018 (K. Haddad & L. Afoutni)

The Rüppell’s Warbler (Sylvia ruppeli) breeds in northeastern Mediterranean (Greece, Turkey and small area in northwestern Syria), and winters mainly in the eastern part of the Sahel (Chad, Sudan). In Northwest Africa, the species is rare except in Libya where it’s a regular migrant. In Algeria, Isenmann & Moali (2000) cited only two previous records …

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Birding Northern and Southern Algeria (trip report)

Red-billed Firefinches (Lagonosticta senegala), Tamanrasset, southern Algeria (Sam Viles)

In March 2019, three birders – Peter Stronach, Bob Swann and Sam Viles – visited northern Algeria and the region of Tamanrraset in the south. The aim was to see the three most wanted species from the Western Palearctic birders’ perspective. Below is a summary of the main visited sites and key species. The full …

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North African Buzzard is not a Long-legged but an allospecies of Common Buzzard

North African Buzzard / Buse du Maghreb (Buteo buteo cirtensis), Tinejdad, Morocco (Mustapha Houssaini‎)

The Atlas Long-legged Buzzard is more closely related to Common Buzzard than to Long-legged Buzzard according to a new study. The taxon cirtensis should be treated therefore as an allospecies of the Common Buzzard superspecies. La Buse du Maghreb est une alloespèce de la Buse variable: Selon cette étude, la Buse du Maghreb (cirtensis) est …

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Commensalism between a gecko and White-crowned Wheatear in Algeria

Common wall gecko (Tarentola mauritanica), Ghardaïa Province, Algeria (Abdelwahab Chedad).

A new example of commensalism between geckos and birds reported from Algeria. A Common Wall Gecko laid eggs on White-crowned Wheatear’ nest. The White-crowned Wheatear (Oenanthe leucopyga) is a very good representative of desert birds. In North Africa, you know you are almost in the desert if you start seeing this species near the roads. …

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Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) in north-west Algeria

Tawny Eagle / Aigle ravisseur (Aquila rapax), north-west Algeria (Mayssara El Bouhissi)

There were no documented breeding of the Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) anywhere in Northwest Africa since many years. In Morocco and Algeria for example, the last known breeding pairs date back to the early 1990s. Despite this lack of observations, the species may still breeds in some isolated places. And the recent observations in Algeria …

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