Birding sites in Algeria

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Djebel Babor
The site is located in the Petite Kabylie mountain range, which runs roughly parallel to the Mediterranean coast, south and east of the coastal town of Bejaïa and north-west of Constantine. The Djebel Babor forms a long crest (running west-south-west to east-north-east) within this mountain range, extending over 4 km and reaching a peak of 1,995 m (one of the highest peaks in the Petite Kabylie). The site lies only c.20 km from the coast at the Gulf of Bejaïa.
Resident Birds include Bonelli's Eagle, Barbary Partridge, Algerian Nuthatch (Sitta ledanti), Moussier’s Redstart (Phoenicurus moussieri), and Levaillant's Woodpecker (Picus vaillantii).
El Kala National Park

El Kala National Park

Enter Algeria! The El Kala State Park is a treasure of Algeria travel that no one should miss! This biosphere covers more than 70 thousand acres. It is on the border between Algeria and Tunisia, where the African continent has a first glimpse of the Mediterranean waters. El Kala has forests, lakes, and mountains all packaged intriguing with its inherent coastal ambience. You will see creatures big and small living happily with a vast array of vegetative life forms. It is easy to get to El Kala, and you are sure to see sights of earth as it once was. Come to El Kala for a whole new vacation experience!
Birds including Long-legged Buzzard, Levaillant's Woodpecker, Purple Swamphen
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Iles Habibas Marine Nature ReserveIles Habibas Marine Nature Reserve
Two rocky islands lying 12 km west of the Algerian coastline just below the headland known as ‘Les Andalouses’ (which itself lies 45 km west of Oran). The larger island is called ‘Gharbia’ and reaches 103 m. The smaller and more easterly island is ‘Charguia’ and reaches no more than 25 m in height. Scrub vegetation includes Ephedra fragilis, Wthania frutescens and Frankenia corymbosa.
Breeding Eleonora's Falcon (Falco eleonorae) (LEFT) painting by Trevor Boyer from Birds of Prey click here for further details of this beautifully illustrated book, Audouin's Gull (Larus audouinii)
la Macta Nature Reserve
The reserve lies about 30 km south-west of the coastal town of Mostaganem (just to the east of Oran) and c.60 km north-west of Dayette Morsli Plaine de Remila. It consists of the flood-plain and marshland system of several oueds that spread across the Plain of Habra before discharging into the Mediterranean Sea to the north (via the River La Macta). Three major oueds flow into the flood-plain from the south and two of these, the Oued Sig and the Oued l’Habra, flow all year-round. The site is roughly triangular in shape and is bounded to the south, west and east by hills. It consists of open water, marsh, humid steppe and ‘sansouires’ (saltmarsh) very similar to those of southern France, but rare in North Africa.Herons, Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus), Marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Coot (Fulica atra), Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta), White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), Ruddy Shelduck (Tadorna ferruginea), Little Bustard (Tetrax tetrax).The site is especially important for wintering waterbirds including Marbled Duck ( Marmaronetta angustirostris, Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna), Wigeon (Anas penelope), Teal (Anas crecca), Pintail (Anas acuta), Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina), Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus), Dunlin (Calidris alpina),Little Stint (Calidris minuta), Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa), (Birdlife International).
Réserve naturelle du Lac de Réghaïa.

Réserve naturelle du Lac de Réghaïa.

842 ha; 36°46'N 003°20'E. Nature Reserve. The lake and marsh of Réghaïa corresponds to the wadi Réghaïa estuary, the mouth of which has been blocked by a sand ridge. Some 600m inland, an artificial barrier retains permanent water in the marshes, composed mainly of reeds and rushes. The coastal marsh of Réghaïa is the last vestige of the old Mitidja (alluvial plain of Algeria, limited by the sahel, the massif of Miliana, the Tellian Atlas and large Kabylie), and currently the only wetland of the "Algerois" geographical area following drainage works during the colonial era. It directly faces the Mediterranean and thus plays a major role for the migratory birds after the crossing of the Mediterranean Sea and from the Sahara desert. A small island, Agueli or Bounettah, one km off the coast, with the surrounding waters, is part of the site and increases its value for migratory birds. In spite of its declining size, the lake has revealed an unsuspected wealth and diversity not only in wintering migratory birds but also of rare nesting bird species - it shelters more than 203 waterbird species, among which four species are classified as rare. The lake provides irrigation for 1,200 ha of arable lands, and its beaches, the most beautiful of the Algiers coast, attract many visitors during summer. The Centre Cynégétique de Réghaïa organizes World Wetlands Day educational expositions for the public.

Complexe de zones humides de la plaine de Guerbes-Sanhadja
Skikda, El Tarf; 42,100 ha; 36º53’N 007º16’E. Planned Regional Nature Park. A large coastal plain between the hills of Skikda and the forested massif of Chetaïbi near Cap de Fer, including the delta of the Wadi El Kébir. Amongst the characteristic dunes can be found a multitude of depressions and valleys forming lakes and "garâas" (marshes) from a few to several dozen hectares in area, on a plain that is described as a "bioclimatic crossroads" including sub-Saharan and European as well as Mediterranean characteristics. In addition to its significant biological diversity, the site is important for migratory birds, especially as a nesting place for White-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala) and Ferruginous Duck (Aythya nyroca)
Complexe de zones humides
The Annotated Ramsar List: Algeria
The Convention on Wetlands came into force for Algeria on 4 March 1984. Algeria presently has 42 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, with a surface area of 2,959,615 hectares.Click here for further information about these sites and bird species.
The Annotated Ramsar List: Algeria

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