First breeding record of Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) for Tunisia

Olioso G., Pons, J.-M. & Touihri, M. 2013. First breeding record of Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea for Tunisia. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 20 (1): 76-77.
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Résumé:

Première donnée de nidification de la Bergeronnette des ruisseaux Motacilla cinerea en Tunisie. Un nid de la Bergeronnette des ruisseaux a été trouvé le 18 mai 2012 au centre de vacances d’Aïn Soltane, Jendouba, Tunisie. Il s’agit de la première preuve de reproduction de l’espèce dans le pays.

Text:

In the Maghreb, Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea is known to breed in Morocco and Algeria (Isenmann & Moali 2000, Thévenot et al. 2003). In Tunisia, proof of breeding was lacking, although the observation of a pair uttering alarm-calls near a stream in the Kroumirie Mountains, in the north-west, in April 2000, suggested the species had a nest there (Isenmann et al. 2005).

During 8–21 May 2012, while staying at the holiday centre of Aïn Soltane, Governorat of Jendouba, north-western Tunisia, we regularly observed a pair of Grey Wagtails uttering alarm-calls and carrying food. We eventually mist-netted the male (see attached photo). On 18 May, we found the pair’s rather voluminous nest under the beams supporting the roof of a house; it contained at least three downy chicks. The staff of the holiday centre subsequently indicated a second nest, placed in the same situation, but in another building, that had held a first clutch earlier in the season.

References:

Isenmann, P., Gaultier, T., El Hili, A. Azafzaf, H., Dlensi, H. & Smart, M. 2005. Oiseaux de Tunisie / Birds of Tunisia. Paris: Société d’Études Ornithologiques de France.

Isenmann, P. & Moali, A. 2000. Oiseaux d’Algérie / Birds of Algeria. Paris: Société d’Études Ornithologiques de France.

Thévenot, M., Vernon, R. & Bergier, P. 2003. The Birds of Morocco: An Annotated Checklist. BOU Checklist No. 20. Tring: British Ornithologists’ Union & British Ornithologists’ Club.

 Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Tunisia

Adult male Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), Aïn Soltane, Tunisia, 16 May 2012 (Georges Olioso / Internet Bird Collection)

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