الجزائر | ⵍⵣⵣⴰⵢⴻⵔ | Algérie | Algeria

SUB-REGION
North-West Africa

SIZE
2,381,740 km² (1st largest country in Africa)

BIRDS AND BIRDING

SPECIES
Diversity
Palaearctic avifauna in the north, more Afrotropical in the south
Approximately 360 recorded species

Endemics (E)
Algerian Nuthatch (EN)

Birds occurring in only two territories of the ABC region but not near-endemics (1/2)
African Crimson-winged Finch

Tristram’s Warbler (Adam Riley)
African Crimson-winged Finch
(Augusto Faustino)
Houbara Bustard (John Caddick)

Proposed splits not yet accepted by IOC
North African Blue Tit
Saharan Scrub Warbler
African Chaffinch

Other taxa of interest, including endemic subspecies (ESS)
Barbary Partridge
Houbara Bustard
Balearic Shearwater
Yelkouan Shearwater
European Turtle Dove (hoggara)
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (ESS ledouci)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (numidus)
Levaillant’s Green Woodpecker
Maghreb Owl
Eurasian Jay (minor + cervicalis)
Western Jackdaw (ESS cirtensis)
Coal Tit (ledouci)
Maghreb Lark
Dupont’s Lark
Tristram’s Warbler
Short-toed Treecreeper (mauritanica)
Common Blackbird | Eurasian Blackbird (mauritanicus)
European Robin (witherbyi)
Atlas Flycatcher
Moussier’s Redstart
Atlas Wheatear | Seeböhm’s Wheatear
Black Wheatear (riggenbachi)
Maghreb Wheatear
White-throated Dipper (minor)
House Sparrow (tingitanus)
Hawfinch (buvryi)
European Greenfinch (voousi)

National bird
Barbary Partridge | حجل بربري

Barbary Partridge
(Paul van Giersbergen)
Western Jackdaw (John Caddick)
Great Spotted Woodpecker (John Caddick)
White-throated Dipper (John Caddick)
Eurasian Jay (John Caddick)

MAIN HABITATS
Montane forest, desert

BIRD AREAS
North Algerian mountains Secondary Area
31 Important Bird Areas

BIRDING SITES
Mount Babor and Taza National Park (NP) for Algerian Nuthatch and montane species
Belezma NP for montane species
Tassili n’Ajjer NP and Ahaggar NP for desert species

TIMING (Feb–Apr)
The north is best in spring, after the rains (Mar–May), and the south is best when cooler (Nov–Mar), so Feb–Apr is a good compromise
Passage migrants are numerous Sep–Oct and Feb–Apr
Palaearctic migrants are most numerous Nov–Feb
Avoid Jul–Sep if possible

RESOURCES
Apps
Collins Bird Guide

Field guides
Collins Bird Guide by Lars Svensson (2010)

Sounds
The Bird Songs of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East by Andreas Schulze & Karl-Heinz Dingler
Bird Sounds of Europe & North-west Africa by Jean C Roché & Jérôme Chevereau
Birds of North-west Africa/Oiseaux du Maghreb by Jean C Roché & Jérôme Chevereau
African Bird Sounds/Oiseaux d’Afrique Vol 1: North-west Africa, Canaria and Cap-Verde Islands/Sahara, Maghreb, Madère, Canaries & Iles du Cap-Vert by Claude Chappuis

Site guides
Algeria in The Good Bird Guide: a Species-by-Species Guide to Finding Europe’s Best Birds by Keith Marsh (2005)

Further reading
Oiseaux d’Algérie/Birds of Algeria by Paul Isenmann & Aissa Moali (2000)
Birds of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East: an Annotated Checklist by Dominic Mitchell (2017)
Algeria by N D Coulthard in Important Bird Areas in Africa and Associated Islands: Priority Sites for Conservation edited by Lincoln D C Fishpool & Michael I Evans (2001)
Les Dénombrements Internationaux d’Oiseaux d’Eau: Algérie 2009-2018 by Nadjiba Bendjedda, Mohamed Samir Sayoud, Abdellah Bennamane, Fatiha Bakaria, Said Fritas & Abdelkade Benkheirar (2021)
Les Zones Humides du Nord-Est Algerien en 1984 by B Chalabi, J Harrison & G van Dijk (1985)
Birding Constantine and Djimla Forest, a trip report by David Karr (2018)
Articles in La Revue Ornithologique (RNOOA), Alauda, Bull. ABC, etc.

Websites
Birds in Algeria – MaghrebOrnitho has everything about birds and birding in Algeria
Tassili n’Ajjer – UNESCO World Heritage List

Blogs
Algeria – North African Birds/Oiseaux d’Afrique du Nord

Facebook groups
Algerian Birds
Biodiversité en Algérie – Biodiversity in Algeria

ORGANISATIONS

There is currently no BirdLife Partner in Algeria

Bird or conservation organisations active in Algeria include –
Réseau National des Observateurs Ornithologues Algériens (RNOOA)
Mouvement Écologique Algérien (MEA)
Association ÉcoCirta, formerly Association Environnementale AquaCirta
Association Écologie Sans Frontière
Association Scientifique des Jeunes “Découverte de la Nature” (ASJDN)
Association Echourouk Proté Enviro
Association Verte de Mascara
Association Écologique Marine Barbarous
Association Écologique Tachemlit Ait Bouaddou
Association pour la Protection de l’Environnement de Béni-Isguen (APEB)
Association pour la Préservation de l’Environnement DARNA Saida
Centre Cynégétique de Réghaia
Tour du Valat

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