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.

 

Algerian Nuthatch status and breeding biology at the Guerrouch forest

Algerian Nuthatch / Sittelle kabyle (Sitta ledanti), Guerrouch forest, Taza National Park (Jijel, Algeria)

The Algerian Nuthatch population has declined at one of its main breeding areas according to a study published recently. In this guest-blog, the lead author, Riadh Moulaï, shares with us the main results of the study. En français, voir au dessus de la vidéo. The Algerian Nuthatch (Sitta ledanti) is endemic to Algeria, and it’s …

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First records of Pectoral Sandpiper for Algeria

Pectoral Sandpiper / Bécasseau tacheté (Calidris melanotos), Constantine, Algeria, 1 May 2017 (Aissa Djamel Filali)

The Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) breeds in northern North America (Canada and Alaska) and northern Siberia, and winters in southern South America, southeastern Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. It’s one of the most observed Nearctic species in Western Europe and also in parts of the west coast of Africa. For example, the species was removed …

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Expansion of Red-billed Firefinch in Algeria

Red-billed Firefinch / Amarante du Sénégal (Lagonosticta senegala), Djanet, Algeria, 29 Oct. 2016 (Khaled Ayyach)

The Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala) was introduced at Tamanrasset around 1940. It’s also present at El-Goléa, northern Sahara, since at least 1972 (Isenmann & Moali 2000). Currently, the species still present at the known sites cited above. Tamanrasset, Tamanrasset Province: The species is still present in the town and it’s easily seen there in good …

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Premières observations de la ‘Bergeronnette du Maroc’ en Algérie

Moroccan Wagtail (Motacilla alba subpersonata), Béchar, western Algeria, September 2016 (Ali Mehadji)

La Bergeronnette du Maroc (Motacilla alba supersonata) est un taxon endémique à l’Afrique du Nord-Ouest. Avant les années 1960, ses zones de reproduction principales sont situées dans la partie ouest du Maroc entre le Haut Atlas et la côte atlantique, ainsi que dans le nord-est du pays. Depuis les années 1960, elle a commencée à …

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Bearded Vulture in Algeria

Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco (Juan José Ramos and colleagues).

Recent sightings of Bearded Vulture in a National Park in Algeria give new hope that the species may still survive in the country. This is definitely good news for the species in Algeria and the whole of Northwest Africa. The news was released by the staff of the Theniet El Had National Park (Lahouari Djardini …

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Leucistic birds found in Northwest Africa

Leucistic Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius), Essaouira (Leander Khil).

Leucism in birds is a partial or total lack of pigments (melanin) in the feathers resulting in these becoming white. It’s genetically inherited and can vary from only some white feathers (partial leucism) to totally white individuals (total leucism). The eye colour is always normal in leucistic animals (unlike in albinos). However, “not every white …

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Vultures of Northwest Africa: a complete list

Rüppell’s Vulture (Gyps rueppelli), Tétouan, Morocco, May 2014 (Rachid El Khamlichi)

Historically, five vulture species had existed in Northwest Africa (the Maghreb), namely: Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Bearded Vulture, Cinereous Vulture and Lappet-faced Vulture. Of these, only the first three species still breeding in the region, while the last two species are already extirpated (although the Cinereous Vulture is a regular wintering and migrant in Morocco). …

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