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 »