Category Archives: Birds of Tunisia

Articles about birds in Tunisia.

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 Crossbill and Balearic Crossbill are the most divergent of all Western Palearctic crossbills

North African and Balearic crossbills are the most genetically divergent among all Common Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) subspecies in the Western Palearctic according to a new study. Moreover, this divergence is even greater than the divergence between the Common and Parrot crossbills (Loxia pytyopsittacus). Le Bec-croisé du Maghreb (ssp. poliogyna) et des îles Baléares (ssp. balearica)… 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 »