Into an Uncertain Future

10,000 Birds

The crucial factor limiting the maximum baggage is the transport of the entire German population to their new home in the central Saharan desert regions of southern Algeria, Mali and Niger by camel. Thankfully, financial aspects were not an issue as the selling of Heligoland to the British birder scene alone allowed us to purchase much of southern Algeria.

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Africa’s endangered species

10,000 Birds

Northern Bald Ibis also occurred in North Africa and many colonies survived in Morocco and Algeria but this tragic pattern continued with the last colony in Algeria vanishing in the 1980’s. Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, experts have determined that the current rate of bird extinction is somewhere between 1,000 and 10,000 times the background rate.

The Bee-eaters of Africa

10,000 Birds

Morocco and Algeria) and migrates to tropical West Africa. The wonderful family Meropidae contains 27 dazzling species, of which Africa is endowed with no less than 20 species, the balance occurring across Asia and with one as far afield as Australia. These charismatic, colorful and finely formed birds are favorites amongst birders from experts to novices, and lie within the group of birds whose beauty even non-birders really appreciate.