Birds in Tunisia

Articles about birds and birding in Tunisia.

Western Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia iberiae) photographed in Morocco by Phil Gower.

Split of Western and Eastern Subalpine Warblers confirmed

A new study confirmed that the ‘Subalpine Warbler’ complex is indeed composed of three different species (Moltoni’s Warbler, Western and Eastern Subalpine Warblers). The ‘IOC World Bird List’ accepted the split as proposed by the study. (Note: the main research about the “taxonomy of the Subalpine Warbler species complex” between mid-1990s and 2013 is well …

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Cinereous Vulture

Incredible journeys of 2 Cinereous Vultures tracked from Europe to Africa

Two satellite-tagged Cinereous Vultures (Aegypius monachus) from France and Spain have been tracked to Africa. One has reached as far south as the Niger-Nigeria border, while the other is touring northern Africa after having first spent the winter in the Sahel area. These are the first individuals GPS-tracked in their breeding areas in Europe to …

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Greater Flamingo breeding colony at Sahline saltpans, near Monastir, Tunisia, July 2019 (Hichem Azafzaf / Association « Les Amis des Oiseaux » (AAO/BirdLife in Tunisia)

Nesting of more than 22,000 Flamingos at Sahline saltpans, Tunisia

Remarquable nesting event of Great Flamingo at the salines of Sahline, Tunisia. (En français au dessous de la vidéo). The Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) is a migratory species fairly well studied especially in the Mediterranean basin. The high dispersal capacity of the species, combined with a relatively small number of breeding sites, has allowed great …

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Maghreb Magpie / Pie du Maghreb (Pica mauritanica), north-east Algeria (Mourad Harzallah)

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 …

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Moltoni’s Warbler (Sylvia subalpina), Merzouga, Morocco, 18 Apr. 2019 (Marc Illa).

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

Some recent Moroccan rarities (Moltoni’s Warbler, Franklin’s Gull, Lesser Flamingo and African Dunn’s Lark) and a 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 …

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North African Buzzard / Buse du Maghreb (Buteo buteo cirtensis), Tinejdad, Morocco (Mustapha Houssaini‎)

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 …

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Wahlberg’s Eagle / Aigle de Wahlberg (Hieraaetus wahlbergi), El Haouaria, northern Tunisia, 23 April 2018 (Mohamed El Golli).

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

An adult Wahlberg’s Eagle photographed in spring 2018 at El Haouaria, northern Tunisia. This is the first record for the country and third for the Western Palearctic. Un Aigle de Wahlberg adulte photographié en avril 2018 à El Haouaria dans le nord de la Tunisie. Il s’agit de la première observation pour le pays et …

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Atlas Crossbill / Bec-croisé du Maghreb (Loxia curvirostra poliogyna), north-east Algeria (Mourad Harzallah‎).

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. …

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Eastern Imperial Eagle / Aigle impérial (Aquila heliaca), El Haouaria, northern Tunisia, 29 April 2017 (Mohamed El Golli).

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 …

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