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.

First record of Penduline Tit for Algeria

The first Eurasian Penduline Tits for Algeria were observed at Jijel last autumn. The Eurasian Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus) has a wide breeding range stretching from the Iberian Peninsula eastwards to Central Asia. The northern population winters mainly in southern Europe and the Middle East. In Northwest Africa, the species remain relatively rare. It was… Read More »

First record of Jacobin Cuckoo for North Africa

Two Jacobin Cuckoos at Tamanrasset in October 2019. It’s the first record for Algeria and North Africa. Jacobin or Pied Cuckoo (Clamator jacobinus) is distributed in Africa south of the Sahara and in India and Sri Lanka (HBW Alive). It’s very rare in the Western Palearctic region (WP). Members of the Association EcoCirta encountered this… Read More »

Black Scrub Robin at Tamanrasset, Algeria

Black Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas podobe) photographed in Tamanrasset region, southern Algeria. 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. A Black Scrub Robin was photographed by Soufyane Bekkouche in the Tamanrasset region on 3 May 2019. 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 »

Le Tarin des aulnes (Spinus spinus) dans le Nord-est du Sahara algérien

This note presents unusual observations of the Eurasian Siskin in the North-East of the Algerian Sahara, specifically in the palm city of Ouargla, where the species is observed in winter 2017/2018. In the Algerian Sahara, the species is rarely observed except the following few records: at El Goléa and Ghardaïa oases palms in winter 1976… Read More »