Category Archives: Birds of Algeria

Rare birds in Algeria, birding news, ornithological studies and reports,…etc. In short, everything about birds and birding in Algeria is filed under this category.

Black Scrub Robin at Tamanrasset, Algeria

Black Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas podobe) photographed in Tamanrasset region, southern Algeria, on 3 May 2019. Un Agrobate podobé photographié dans la région de Tamanrasset au sud de l’Algérie le 3 mai 2019. C’est la deuxième ou troisième observation pour le pays. The Black Scrub Robin was photographed by Soufyane Bekkouche in the Tamanrasset region. This… Read More »

Spanish Marbled Ducks migrate to Africa to escape hunters’ guns

Of 27 Marbled Ducks satellite-tracked in Spain, only three birds that migrated to Algeria have survived. The most threatened duck in Europe With a decreasing population, the Marbled Duck (Marmaronetta angustirostris) is classed globally as ‘Vulnerable’ in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In Spain, where the population is very small, the species is… Read More »

White-rumped Seedeater: first for Algeria and Western Palearctic

White-rumped Seedeater observed at Tamanrasset, southern Algeria. This is the first record of the species for the country and the Western Palearctic. En décembre 2019, un groupe d’ornithologues de terrain algérien a découvert le Serin à croupion blanc à Tamanrasset (les noms cités ci-dessous). Plus important encore, l’équipe a observé un adulte nourrissant un jeune… Read More »

New records of Moltoni’s Warbler in Algeria

The recent split of the Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina) as a full species is widely adopted by different taxonomic authorities. However, until the end of the 20th century, the Moltoni’s Warbler wasn’t even considered as a valid subspecies of the Subalpine Warbler. For some details, read: “the evolution of Moltoni’s Warbler from an invalid ‘subspecies’… Read More »

Great Spotted Cuckoo breeds in Algeria for the first time

Breeding of Great Spotted Cuckoo (Clamator Glandarius) in Algeria is confirmed. The species is a rare and occasional breeder in Northwest Africa. Last July, naturalist Mourad Harzallah confirmed the breeding of the species in Algeria for the first time. He photographed a group of young Great Spotted Cuckoos being fed by their host parents, the… Read More »

Birding Algeria trip report: from Algerian Nuthatch to African Silverbill

In March 2019, three birders – Peter Stronach, Bob Swann and Sam Viles – visited northern Algeria and the region of Tamanrraset in the south. The aim was to see the three most wanted species from the Western Palearctic birders’ perspective. Below is a summary of the main visited sites and key species. The full… Read More »