Twitching the Algerian Nuthatch - 31 May to 2 June 2019

Published by Dick Meijer (dfmeijer AT

Participants: Dick Meijer, Peter van Scheepen and Peter Los


Travelling to Algeria to twitch the endemic and highly range-restricted Algerian Nuthatch is difficult to explain to non-birders. Most ambitious birders will understand though why one would invest so much effort, time and money to see this mythical, that was discovered in 1975, species.

The target species was easily found in the Bouafroun oak forest on a hill near Djimla at an altitude of 1,000 m. Atlas Flycatcher, a recent split from Pied Flycatcher, was also numerous there. It was very delightful to see and hear the arenicola-subspecies of European Turtle-Dove virtually everywhere around Constantine, our base during this trip.

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