Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) in north-west Algeria

By MaghrebOrnitho | 12 January 2019

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 could be an indication of this.

First, there was the observation by Mourad Harzallah and Aimene Boulaouad in the region of Bordj Bou Arréridj, north-east Algeria in July 2018. 

Then there is the following sighting made less than two weeks ago in north-west Algeria by Mayssara El Bouhissi. The photo below is of low quality because it was first shared in FB, where many birders agreed that it’s a Tawny Eagle. I will contact the observer, and hopefully get the original photo.

Thanks to Mayssara for the observation and to Walid‎ Dahmani for sharing the photo.

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

The following are cropped and prepared from the original photos by Łukasz Czajka, who commented:

No signs for translucent window in inner primaries (not imm. Spanish Eagle A. adelberti); non uniform, lightened center of remiges (not Greater Spotted C. clanga ‘fulvescens’) also P4 very thin & long. I think it`s Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax).

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

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