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Introduction

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Bouhedma_National_Park_Tunisia

Bouhedma National Park, Tunisia

Image Credit: 
Hichem Azafzaf

The variety of ecological zones means that Tunisia, despite its limited area, enjoys a relatively high level of biodiversity. About 393 species of bird have been recorded, 187 of them breeding. Most species are of Palearctic or desert origin. During the migration and wintering period, because of the large number and extent of its wetlands, Tunisia hosts a considerable number of waterbirds, including rare and threatened species such as Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostrisFerruginous Duck Aythya nyroca and White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala. Furthermore, two thirds of the Mediterranean population of Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber winters in Tunisia, in particular in the Gulf of Gabès.

The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of Tunisia and its birds for birders interested in the country and potentially planning a visit. The information has been put together from a number of sources and it is intended to add new information as it becomes available. As such, readers are welcome to submit contributions by e-mail to info@africanbirdclub.org. You should note that the names of birds used in this document are those of the African Bird Club checklist.

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