Category Archives: Birds of Algeria / Oiseaux d’Algérie

First record of Rustic Bunting for Algeria and Northwest Africa

The Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) breeds from Scandinavia eastwards across Eurasia. It winters in eastern China and Japan. The species is in great trouble as its global population size has declined by a 75–87% over a period of 30 years (see: Edenius et al. 2017. The next common and widespread bunting to go? Global population… Read More »

Crossbills in North Africa and the Balearics are the most divergent of all Western Palearctic crossbills

Le Bec-croisé du Maghreb (ssp. poliogyna) et des îles Baléares (ssp. balearica) sont les plus différenciés génétiquement de toutes les sous-espèces du Bec-croisé des sapins du Paléarctique occidental. A new study showed that North African and Balearic crossbills are the most genetically divergent among all Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) subspecies in the Western Palearctic. Moreover,… Read More »

Blue-naped Mousebird at Tamanrasset: first record for Algeria

A Blue-naped Mousebird (Urocolius macrourus) was photographed three days ago in the Tamanrasset region, southern Algeria (Soufyane Bekkouche). This is the first (known) record of the species for Algeria. The bird was photographed at a village in the Tin-Zaouten district, located in the south of Tamanghasset province. The village location (20° 23’N) is slightly outside… Read More »

Big flock of Sudan Golden Sparrow at Tamanrasset, Algeria

A big flock of Sudan Golden Sparrow (Passer luteus) was photographed a few days ago in the Tamanrasset region, southern Algeria (Soufyane Bekkouche). A Blue-naped Mousebird (Urocolius macrourus) was also photographed in the same area. The birds were photographed at a village in the Tin-Zaouten district, located in the south of Tamanghasset province. The village… Read More »

Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax) in north-east Algeria

This large eagle was photographed this week in north-east Algeria by Mourad Harzallah (a very good naturalist and a local ecotourism guide). The photographer said the eagle was much bigger than the Bonelli’s Eagle (Aquila fasciata), and some of the photos below also attest this. Several people in a FB group suggested that it’s a… Read More »

Algerian Nuthatch: status and breeding biology at the Guerrouch forest

A new study showed a significant decline in the Algerian Nuthatch population at one of its main breeding areas. In this guest-blog, the lead author Riadh Moulaï from the University of Bejaia shares with us the main results of the study. (English summary below). La Sittelle kabyle (Sitta ledanti) est endémique de l’Algérie, et elle… Read More »

Premières observations du Bécasseau tacheté en Algérie

Le Bécasseau tacheté (Calidris melanotos) se reproduit au nord de l’Amérique du Nord (Canada et Alaska) et au nord de la Sibérie, et hiverne dans la partie sud de l’Amérique du Sud, sud-est de l’Australie, la Tasmanie et la Nouvelle Zélande. C’est l’une des espèces néarctiques les plus observées dans l’Europe occidental et aussi dans certaines… Read More »

Expansion of Red-billed Firefinch 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 »