Malimbus 25 (2) November/novembre 2003

Abstracts prepared for Ornithological Worldwide Literature (OWL)

Codjia, J. T. C., M. R. M. Ékué, & G. A. Mensah. 2003. [Ecology of the Double-spurred Francolin Francolinus bicalcaratus in the south-east of Benin.] Malimbus 25: 77-84. (Fac, Sci. Agronomiques, Univ. d'Abomey-Calavi, 01 BP 526 Cotonou, Bénin; <ccodjia"at">.)—45 breeding sites were studied during July-November 1999 and 10 nests found. Describes habitat, nest, and egg characteristics. (French, Engl. Summ.)

Demey, R., F. Dowsett-Lemaire, & R. J. Dowsett. 2003. Notable bird observations from Nigeria, including the first records of Spot-breasted Ibis Bostrychia rara and Yellow Longbill Macrosphenus flavicans. Malimbus 25: 85-94. (Van der Heimstraat 52, 2582 SB Den Haag, The Netherlands; <rondemey"at">.)—Based on fieldwork in 1988 and 1997 in SE Nigeria, documentation on 2 species new to the country and 68 species rarely, if ever, reported from the area.)

Wilson, J. M., & P. Sallinen. 2003. First records of Didric Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius parasitizing Cricket Warbler Spiloptila clamans.  Malimbus 25: 95-96. (Sch. Biol., Bute Bldg., Univ. St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, UK; <jared.wilson"at">.)—Nov 2002, Borno State, Nigeria.

Ottoson, U., et al. 2003. On the occurrence of the Black Stork Ciconia nigra in Nigeria. Malimbus 25: 96-97. (Ottenby Bird Obs., Pl 1500, SE-38065 Degerhamn, Sweden; <ottosson"at">.)—Records in the last decade show it to be a regular but scarce winter visitor.

Welie, L. van. 2003. Franklin's Gull Larus pipixcan in The Gambia. Malimbus 25: 97-99. (Grevingaheerd 245, 9737 Groningen, Holland; <lieuwevanwelie"at">.)—One, 17 Jan 2002.

McGregor, R. & J. M. Wilson. 2003. A major range extension of Locust Finch Ortygospiza locustella in West Africa. Malimbus 25: 99-101. (Univ. St Andrews, Bute Bldg., St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9TS, UK.)—First records for Nigeria, Oct-Dec 2002.

Dallimer, M., T. King, & R. Atkinson. 2003. A high altitude sighting of the São Tomé Short-tail Amaurocichla bocagei. Malimbus 25: 101-103. (Dept Ecol. & Evol. Biol., 310 Dinwiddie Hall, Tulane Univ., New Orleans, LA 70118, USA; <dallimer"at">.)—At 1100m, 27 Dec 2001.

Salewski, V., et al. 2003. New records of Moussier's Redstart Phoenicurus moussieri and Lesser Striped Swallow Hirundo abyssinica from Mauritania. Malimbus 25: 103-104. (Swiss Ornithol. Inst., 6204 Sempach, Switzerland.)—In the south of the country, September 2001.

Mills, M., R. Hoff, & D. Myers. 2003. First breeding record of Ovampo Sparrowhawk Accipiter ovampensis in West Africa. Malimbus 25: 104-106. (Priv. Bag X402, Kruger Nat. Pk., Skukuza, 1350, South Africa; <michael"at">.)—In Cameroon, 21 Mar 2003.

Demey, R., F. Dowsett-Lemaire, & R. J. Dowsett. 2003. Comments on Kizungu et al. (2002): the birds of Idjwi, Democratic Republic of Congo. Malimbus 25: 106-107. (Van der Heimstraat 52, 2582 SB Den Haag, The Netherlands; <rondemey"at">.)—Several errors claimed in the paper published in Malimbus 24: 15-22.

Maisels, F. 2003. Ectoparasite gleaning of Sitatunga Tragelaphus spekeii by Fire-crested Alethe Alethe diademata and a bulbul. Malimbus 25: 107-110. (Wildl.Conserv. Soc., Nouabalé-Ndoki Proj., BP 14537, Brazzaville, Congo; <fmaisels"at">.)—Behaviour, rarely observed in forest, in the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in northern Republic of Congo, March 2001 and March 2003.

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