Greater Flamingo breeding attempts on the Hauts Plateaux and in the Algerian Sahara, in 2011–13

Mesbah, A., Bouchibi Baaziz, N., Baaziz, N., Boulkhssaim, M., Bouzid, A., Ouldjaoui, A., Boucheker, A., Nedjah, R., Touati, L., Samraoui, F. & Samraoui, B. 2014. Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus breeding attempts on the Hauts Plateaux and in the Algerian Sahara, in 2011–13. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 21(2): 187–192.
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Abstract:

In 2011, Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus successfully bred at two sites in Algeria. At Safioune, in the Sahara, breeding started in early January and involved 1,500 pairs. It was the first time the species bred at this site and 600 chicks fledged, despite an intrusion by jackals, which caused the cessation of breeding; 62 chicks were ringed. At Ezzemoul, on the Hauts Plateaux, breeding started in late May and involved 4,500 pairs; 3,500 chicks fledged, of which 895 were ringed. Nesting was unsuccessful at El Goléa and Bazer Sakra, where decoys of adult flamingos and nest mounds were used to attract nesting pairs. In 2012 and 2013, drought prevented successful breeding of Greater Flamingos at all known nesting sites. A new nesting site at Chott Chergui, on the western Hauts Plateaux, was discovered in 2012.

Résumé:

Tentatives de reproduction du Flamant rose Phoenicopterus roseus sur les Hauts Plateaux et au Sahara algérien en 2011–13. En 2011, le Flamant rose Phoenicopterus roseus s’est reproduit avec succès dans deux sites algériens. A Safioune, au Sahara, la reproduction a commencé au début du mois de janvier et a concerné 1.500 couples. C’est la première fois que l’espèce se reproduit sur ce site, avec l’envol de 600 poussins, malgré une intrusion par des chacals qui provoqua l’interruption de la reproduction. Un total de 62 poussins fut bagué. A Ezzemoul, sur les Hauts Plateaux, la reproduction débuta fin mai et concerna 4.500 couples, avec l’envol de 3.600 poussins dont 895 furent bagués. La reproduction à El Goléa et Bazer Sakra connut un échec, malgré l’utilisation de modèles en bois de flamants roses et de nids en ciment pour attirer des couples nicheurs. En 2012 et 2013, la sécheresse ne permit pas la reproduction dans aucun des sites de nidification connus. Un nouveau site de nidification a été découvert en 2012 à Chott Chergui, sur les Hauts Plateaux de l’ouest algérien.

Views of the Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) colony at Safioune, north-eastern Algerian Sahara

Views of the Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) colony at Safioune, north-eastern Algerian Sahara (Boudjéma Samraoui)

Views of the Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) colony at Ezzemoul, Hauts Plateaux, northeast Algeria

Views of the Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) colony at Ezzemoul, Hauts Plateaux, northeast Algeria (Boudjéma Samraoui)

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) colony at Ezzemoul, Hauts Plateaux, northeast Algeria (Boudjéma Samraoui)

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) colony at Ezzemoul, Hauts Plateaux, northeast Algeria (Boudjéma Samraoui)

Partial view of Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) chicks, Ezzemoul, Hauts Plateaux, northeast Algeria (Boudjéma Samraoui)

Partial view of Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) chicks a dawn, Ezzemoul, Hauts Plateaux, northeast Algeria (Boudjéma Samraoui)

Colour-ringed Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) chick, Safioune, northeastern Algerian Sahara (Boudjéma Samraoui)

Colour-ringed Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) chick, Safioune, northeastern Algerian Sahara (Boudjéma Samraoui)

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One Response to Greater Flamingo breeding attempts on the Hauts Plateaux and in the Algerian Sahara, in 2011–13

  1. Pingback: Le lac Télamine, nouveau site de nidification du Flamant rose en (Phoenicopterus roseus) en Algérie | North African Birds

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