Tunisia: 2003 Parks
Detail of Swallows Farhat Hached Park
Farhat Hached Park
Detail of Francolin
Red-breasted Nuthatch Nuthatch Detail of Passerine Detail of Passerine
Parks in Tunisia

A correspondent in Tunisia kindly sent me this set of 4 stamps and also included the publicity leaflet. I noticed that two of the tiny images of birds on the 200m stamp were shown in more detail. Unfortunately for my collection, the nuthatch seems to be a Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis), a North American species. There are no nuthatches listed as occurring in Tunisia. I cannot immediately identify the passerine. If anybody would like to suggest what this mystery bird is or express any views about the other birds, please let me know.

I think the swallows are probably Barn Swallows (Hirudo rustica), but the identity of the francolin is less certain.

I shall update my site to show this stamp next month.

Update 15 July 2004: Gaétan Duquette of Canada has identified the passerine as White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) with the note that "All the characteristics are present, but with too much black on the wings, the back and the tail". Even the yellow spot between the eye and bill is present.

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