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 the Maghreb, it’s generally considered an irregular migratory species in spring and an accidental during winter. In Algeria, there are two previous records (both males): the first at Réghaïa on 20 March 1978, and the second at Tamanrasset between 1 and 3 March 1990. There are no known records neither in Morocco nor in Tunisia. The species is a regular migrant in Libya.
In late 2018, the ‘AquaCirta Environmental Association’ organised a 13-days ornithological expedition to southeastern Algeria. During this trip, a male Rüppell’s Warbler was observed and photographed by the birding duo, Karim Haddad and Larbi Afoutni, in Djanet on 8 December 2018. This is the first documented observation for Algeria and the Maghreb (excluding Libya).
The two birdwatchers, both members of Constantine-based ‘AquaCirta Association’, are active in the field since a few years.
This record is published in the latest issue of Alauda:
Haddad, K. & Afoutni, L. 2019. Première observation documentée d’une Fauvette de Rüppell Sylvia ruppeli en Algérie. Alauda 87 (2): 165.
Addresses of the observers:
Dr. Karim Haddad, Cité Boussouf 154 lgts CNEP, Bt 07 Appt. 71, Constantine, Algeria (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Larbi Afoutni, 9 rue K cité Emir Abdelkader, Constantine, Algeria (email@example.com)