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Africa, Tunisia


In northern Tunisia just inland from the coastal resort of Tabarka is Ain Draham on the P17, Tabarka-Djendouba road. This village is surrounded by cork oak forest which forms one of the largest stretches of deciduous woodland in Tunisia and many of the birds here are difficult to see elsewhere in the country.


Notable Species

Breeding birds include Levaillant's, Great Spotted and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Common Jay, Blackbird, Common Crossbill and Hawfinch.

The recently separated African Blue Tit and Atlas Flycatcher can also be seen here and there are also distinctive subspecies of Coal and Great Tits.

Raptors present in summer include Black Kite, Long-legged Buzzard and Short-toed, Bonelli's and Booted Eagles as well as the distinctive North African punicus race of Eurasian Sparrowhawk.


Birds you can see here include:

Black Kite, Short-toed Eagle, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Long-legged Buzzard, Bonelli's Eagle, Booted Eagle, Common Woodpigeon, Common Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Levaillant's Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Common Bulbul, Eurasian Robin, Moussier's Redstart, Blue Rock Thrush, Eurasian Blackbird, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Sardinian Warbler, Blackcap, Western Bonelli's Warbler, Coal Tit, African Blue Tit, Great Tit, Short-toed Treecreeper, Common Jay, Chaffinch, Common Crossbill, Hawfinch, Cirl Bunting

Other Wildlife

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Areas of Interest

One particularly good spot is the highest point of the area, Col des Ruines, 1.5km from Ain Draham

Access and Facilities

Tabarka has plentiful hotel accommodation and can be reached by car or bus from Tunis, or, by a more tortuous route inland via Beja and Djendouba. Ain Draham itself also has hotels but these are considerably more expensive than those in Tabarka.

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Content and images originally posted by Steve