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Status and Breeding Ecology of the Common Coot Fulica atra in Tiffech Lake North-East Algeria

N. Boukrouma


An investigation was conducted on the breeding Fulica atra population in Tiffech Lake, situated in Northeast Algeria. Nest site selection and breeding parameters were studied for the first time in this freshwater Lake subject to anthropogenic influence, during the breeding season 2016. Most nests (80%) were located in dense stands of Common club-rush Scirpus lacustris, whereas a few were found on lower stands of Scirpus maritimus.

Two aspects make this population distinct from most other Common coot populations studied to date .It is characterized by an earlier onset of egg-laying, and long egg-laying period. Nevertheless, the present study shows that the mean clutch size, egg volume and incubation period were comparable to those known for other Mediterranean populations.


Breeding, Fulica atra, Northeast Algeria, Anthropogenic influence, egg-laying, Tiffech Lake.

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