Red-billed Firefinch sites in Algeria

The Red-billed Firefinch (Lagonosticta senegala) was introduced at Tamanrasset in about 1940, and also present at El-Goléa since at least 1972 (Isenmann & Moali 2000). Currently the species still present at the known sites cited above: Tamanrasset: the species still present in the town and easily seen. Observed there as recently as last February (photo… Read More »

Collared Flycatcher caught by a cat

A cat was photographed just after he caught a Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) at Rhourde el-Baguel, Ouargla province, eastern Algeria. The scene was captured by Fethi Saadaoui on 7 April 2017. Cats are known to catch a wide variety of birds, but catching an agile bird like a flycatcher is not easy. The bird must… Read More »

Birding trip summary, Feb-March 2017

Notable records from the recent Rockjumper Birding Tours trip to Morocco included the following (thanks Mark Beevers for the summary): A minimum of 120 African Crimson Winged Finches and 15 Horned Larks at Oukaimeden on 22nd February, An immature Golden Eagle near the Tinmel Mosque in Tizi n’Test with an Alpine Accentor and eight Ring Ouzels… Read More »

Première observation documentée de la Fauvette babillarde (Sylvia curruca) en Algérie

L’aire de reproduction de la Fauvette babillarde (Sylvia curruca) s’étend depuis l’Europe occidental jusqu’à l’Asie centrale, et hiverne en Asie du Sud et en Afrique (principalement à l’est et au centre du continent). Au Maghreb, l’espèce est considérée rare (migrateur irrégulier et hivernant accidentel): En Tunisie: Isenmann et al. (2005) citent seulement deux mentions authentifiées… Read More »

Release of 5 Griffon Vultures at Jbel Moussa: first step for the reintroduction

The High Commission for Water, Forests and Desertification Control (HCEFLCD) in close collaboration with the National Zoological Park and GREPOM/BirdLife Morocco has released five Griffon Vultures into the Nature Reserve of Jbel Moussa on 7 February 2017. This release operation was intended by the Forestry Administration to be the basis for launching in the long-term… Read More »

Breeding of Golden Nightjar at Aousserd and the taxonomic position of the species

Golden Nightjar (Caprimulgus eximius) is an apparently sedentary sub-Saharan species with a breeding range extending from Senegal and Mauritania to Sudan. Although genetic studies of nightjars and related Caprimulgiformes have been published previously, none has included Golden Nightjar. In this study published in the Ostrich journal (Lawrie et al. 2017), mitochondrial and nuclear DNA of… Read More »

Sudan Golden Sparrow at Aousserd and other rarities

At least one male Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) observed yesterday by a group of Dutch birders (Gonny van Dalfsen, Larissa Bakker, Nico Omlo…) at Oued Jenna, Aousserd (photo 1). To my knowledge, last year there was only one observation of Sudan Golden Sparrow in Aousserd: a juvenil bird photographed by Peter Stronach and Bob Swann during the same birding… Read More »

Two new subspecies of Reed Warbler in North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula

Two new subspecies of the Eurasian/African Reed Warbler complex have been added to the avifauna of North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula by two studies published in 2016. The first study by Olsson et al. (2016) analysed the phylogeny of the Eurasian/African reed warbler complex (Acrocephalus scirpaceus – A. baeticatus) and found eight distinct lineages… Read More »