Connectivity between the Algerian population of Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus and those of the Mediterranean basin

  • Abdennour Boucheker
  • Boudjéma Samraoui
  • Roger Prodon
  • Juan A Amat
  • Manuel Rendón-Martos
  • Nicola Baccetti
  • Francesc Vidal i Esquerre
  • Sergio Nissardi
  • Özge Balkız
  • Christophe Germain
  • Mouloud Boulkhssaim
  • Arnaud Béchet

Abstract

In the Mediterranean basin, Greater Flamingos Phoenicopterus roseus constitute a metapopulation with natal and breeding dispersal among colonies. However, the rate of exchange between European and North African colonies remains poorly known. In this paper, we document the wintering and breeding of European flamingos in Algeria and provide the first post-fledging dispersal data for flamingos born in Algeria. At breeding colonies in Algeria, most ringed birds (99.4% of 835 birds) originated from north-western Mediterranean colonies (397 individuals born in France, 369 in Spain, 57 in Sardinia and seven in continental Italy), but there were also four from Turkey (the first evidence of natal dispersal from a north-eastern Mediterranean colony to Algeria) and one from Algeria. Among the 860 fledglings ringed in Algeria in 2006 and 2009, 619 different individuals were resighted from August 2006 to September 2010 in a total of 980 resightings. A large proportion (73%) of these birds was observed at North African sites, while the remaining ones reached both north-western (168 birds) and north-eastern (three birds) Mediterranean wetlands, suggesting extensive interchange between colonies from both sides of the Mediterranean Sea.

OSTRICH 2011, 82(3): 167–174

Author Biographies

Abdennour Boucheker
Centre de recherche de la Tour du Valat, Le Sambuc, 13200 Arles, France; CEFE-CNRS, 1919 Route de Mende, 34293, Montpellier, France; Laboratoire de recherche et de conservation des zones humides, University of Guelma, Algeria, and Center of Excellence for Research in Biodiversity, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Boudjéma Samraoui
Laboratoire de recherche et de conservation des zones humides, University of Guelma, Algeria, and Center of Excellence for Research in Biodiversity, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Roger Prodon
CEFE-CNRS, 1919 Route de Mende, 34293, Montpellier, France
Juan A Amat
Estación Biológica de Doñana, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Apartado 1056, 41080 Sevilla, Spain
Manuel Rendón-Martos
Reserva Naturel Laguna de Fuente de Piedra, Consejeria de Medio Ambiente, Apartado 1, 29520 Fuente de Piedra (Málaga), Spain
Nicola Baccetti
Istituto Superiore Protezione e Ricerca Ambientale, via ca’ Fornacetta, 9 I-40064 Ozzano Emilia BO, Italy
Francesc Vidal i Esquerre
Àrea de Protecció i Recerca, Parc Natural del Delta de l’Ebre, Av. Catalunya, 46 43580 - Deltebre, Spain
Sergio Nissardi
Anthus, s. n. c., via L. Canepa 3, 09129 Cagliari, Italy
Özge Balkız
Doğa Koruma Merkezi, Ortadoğu Sitesi 1589, Sokak no. 4, Yüzüncüyıl, Ankara, Turkey
Christophe Germain
Centre de recherche de la Tour du Valat, Le Sambuc, 13200 Arles, France
Mouloud Boulkhssaim
Institut de Biologie, Université d’Oum El Bouaghi, Algeria
Arnaud Béchet
Centre de recherche de la Tour du Valat, Le Sambuc, 13200 Arles, France
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