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Diet variability in the White Stork Ciconia ciconia in eastern Algeria

  • Linda Cheriak
  • Christophe Barbraud
  • Salaheddine Doumandji
  • Slim Bouguessa

Abstract

The diet of the White Stork Ciconia ciconia was studied at El Merdja, Algeria, from 1997 to 1999 and in 2007 by analysing 240 regurgitated pellets. A total of 12 234 prey types were identified and classified into six categories. Insects dominated during each month and year of the study. Three orders of insects were mainly consumed. Coleoptera species were the most frequently consumed prey during all months and years, followed by Dermaptera species, except in 1998 when Orthoptera were more frequent. The frequency of families of prey insects varied considerably depending on the year: Carabidae were dominant in 2007, Tenebrionidae in 1999 and Carcinophoridae in 1997.

Keywords: diet, East Algeria, Tebessa, White Stork

OSTRICH 2014, 85(2): 201–204

Author Biographies

Linda Cheriak
Department of Natural and Life Sciences, Faculty of Exact Sciences and Natural and Life Sciences, University of Tebessa, Tebessa, Algeria
Christophe Barbraud
Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé, UMR 7372, CNRS–Université de La Rochelle, Villiers-en-Bois, France
Salaheddine Doumandji
Department of Zoology, National High School of Agronomy – El Harrach, Algiers, Algeria
Slim Bouguessa
Department of Natural and Life Sciences, Faculty of Exact Sciences and Natural and Life Sciences, University of Tebessa, Tebessa, Algeria
Published
2014-11-03
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 1727-947X
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