Category Archives: Birds of Tunisia

Articles about birds in Tunisia.

Répartition et évaluation de la vulnérabilité de la Pie du Maghreb (Pica mauritanica)

Lancement du projet (en français, veuillez voir aprés l’illustration). Until very recently, the Maghreb Magpie (Pica mauritanica) was considered as conspecific with the Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica). However, a new study by Song and his co-authors published in 2018 found that Maghreb Magpie is actually the most ancient (the first to be isolated) of all… Read More »

Moltoni’s Warbler in Morocco, Terek Sandpiper in Tunisia and other rarities

Moltoni’s Warbler, Franklin’s Gull, Lesser Flamingo and African Dunn’s Lark in Morocco, plus Terek Sandpiper in Tunisia. Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina) A bird was captured and ringed at Merzouga Ringing Station, Morocco, on 18 April 2019 (Marc Illa and his co-workers). Only four records have been accepted by the Moroccan Rare Birds Committee, so this… Read More »

North African Buzzard is not a Long-legged but an allospecies of Common Buzzard

The Atlas Long-legged Buzzard is more closely related to Common Buzzard than to Long-legged Buzzard according to a new study. The taxon cirtensis should be treated therefore as an allospecies of the Common Buzzard superspecies. Background The Old World buzzards of the genus Buteo are relatively a young radiation and poorly differentiated genetically. However, they… Read More »

First Wahlberg’s Eagle for Tunisia and 3rd for the Western Palearctic

An adult Wahlberg’s Eagle (Hieraaetus wahlbergi) photographed in spring 2018 at El Haouaria, Cap Bon, northern Tunisia (Mohamed El Golli). This is the first record for Tunisia and the third for the Western Palearctic. Not only that, it’s the first adult and the most northern record for the Western Palearctic (WP). The first for the… Read More »

Atlas and Balearic crossbills are the most divergent of all West Palearctic crossbills

North African and Balearic crossbills are the most genetically divergent among all Common Crossbill subspecies in the Western Palearctic according to a new study. This divergence is even greater than between the Common and Parrot crossbills. Parmi toutes les sous-espèces du Bec-croisé des sapins (Loxia curvirostra) dans le Paléarctique occidental, le Bec-croisé du Maghreb (ssp.… Read More »

Hooded Crows at Ichkeul National Park, Tunisia

Two Hooded Crows (Corvus cornix) photographed at Ichkeul National Park, northern Tunisia on 28 December 2013 (Mohamed El Golli). Mohamed took the photo against the light, and from a distance the birds appeared dark like Common Ravens. The photo was then ignored until discovered in his archive last month. The species is a rarity in… Read More »

First record of Eastern Imperial Eagle for Tunisia and Northwest Africa

An Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) was photographed in spring 2017 at El Haouaria, northern Tunisia (Mohamed El Golli). El Haouaria, located at the extreme north-east of the Cap Bon peninsula, is known as a major point for migratory raptors following the Central Mediterranean Flyway (continental Italy-Sicily-Tunisia). In our opinion, this is the first record… Read More »

Vultures of Northwest Africa: a complete list

Historically, five vulture species had existed in Northwest Africa (the Maghreb), namely: Egyptian Vulture, Griffon Vulture, Bearded Vulture, Cinereous Vulture and Lappet-faced Vulture. Of these, only the first three species still breeding in the region, while the last two species are already extirpated (although the Cinereous Vulture is a regular wintering and migrant in Morocco).… Read More »