|Malimbus 31 (2) September/septembre 2009|
Abstracts prepared for Ornithological Worldwide Literature (OWL)
Issiaka Y & Awaïss A. 2009. Avifaune des zones humides du Parc National du W du Niger : importance et répartition dans le temps et dans l'espace [Avifauna of the wetlands of the W National Park, Niger: significance, spatial and temporal distribution]. Malimbus 31: 65--74. (Univ. Abdou Moumouni de Niamey, Fac. d’Agronomie, Dépt. Eaux & Forêts/Génie rural, BP 10960, Niamey, Niger; EM: youssoufa_maiga"à"yahoo.fr.)—Presents results of whole day censuses of water birds (total numbers and number of species) within the W National Park, Niger each year 2001--2004 at 3 sites along the Niger River, at a swamp away from the the river, along a 75 km stretch of the river and a 15 km stretch of the Mékrou River. Also summarises status of each of 55 species with abundance codes. Observations unequally spread throughout the year, most Mar--Jun, none Dec--Jan. Title is misleading as paper does not cover all available knowledge of avifauna in the area, omiting reference to extensive previous work. (French, Engl. summ.).
Dean WRJ, Adams M, Frahnert S & Milton SJ. 2009. William John Ansorge's bird collections in Guinea-Bissau: an annotated list. Malimbus 31: 75--108. (DST/NRF Centre Excellence Percy Inst. African Ornith., Univ. Cape Town, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa; EM: lycium"at"telkomsa.net.)—Lists museum code, museum no., Ansorge field no., age, sex, locality and collection date of c. 800 skins and c. 10 sets of eggs of c. 189 species, that have been located in 14 museums, from 3 expeditions to Guinea-Bissau in 1909, 1910 and 1911. Nearly all are of Afro-tropical species, with only c. 10 skins of Palaearctic breeders. The collections include holotypes of 8 taxa and syntypes of 3 taxa. (French summ.).
Melo M & Dallimer M. 2009. Is there an undiscovered endemic scops owl Otus sp. on Principe Island? Malimbus 31: 109--115. (Percy Inst. African Ornith., DST/NRF Centre Excellence, Univ. Cape Town, Rondebosch 7701, South Africa; EM: melo.martim"at"gmail.com)—Yes, probably, based on sound recordings (sonograms given) made during Nov and Dec 2007 and accounts of sightings by local people dating back to 1928. (Portuguese summ.)
Connor M. 2009. Predation of a Bronze Mannikin Spermestes cucullatus nest by a Pied Crow Corvus albus. Malimbus 31: 116--116. (Dept. Chem. Biomolecular Engineering, Univ. Melbourne, Vic. 3010, Australia; EM: maconnor"at"unimelb.edu.au)—Describes how the crow extracted the eggs from the nest on 8 Sep 2008.
Girard O & Boutin J-M. 2009. Nouvelles données sur la Cigogne noire Ciconia nigra dans le delta intérieur du Niger (Mali) (New data on the Black Stork Ciconia nigra in the inner delta of the Niger in Mali). Malimbus 31: 117--118. (ONCFS, Réserve de Chanteloup, 85340 Ile d'Olonne, France; EM: olivier.girard"à"oncfs.gouv.fr.)—Observations in Jan 2006 and 2008 indicate that this species is becoming more common in winter in Mali. (French).
Salewski V & Becker P. 2009. A Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus in a flock of Senegal Thick-knees B. senegalensis in Senegal. Malimbus 31: 118--120. (Vogelwarte Radolfzell, Max-Planck-Inst. Ornith., Schlossallee 2, 78315 Radolfzell, Germany; EM: salewski"at"orn.mpg.de.)—Observed on 4 Feb 2009. The Stone-curlew may be easily overlooked in such circumstances.
Ajagbe AA, Osinubi TS, Ezealor AU & Ogunsesan A. 2009. Range extension of the Ibadan Malimbe Malimbus ibadensis. Malimbus 31: 121--122. (Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Km 19 Lagos-Epe Expressway, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria; EM: ademola.ajagbe"at"ncfnigeria.org.)—Documents occurrences in 2006 and 2008 of this endangered species 139 km E. of previously known sites.
2009 Errata: Bird observations from Aouk, S Chad, including additions to the avifauna (Malimbus 31: 57--60). Malimbus 31: 123—Yellow-throated Bulbul Chlorocichla flavicollis is not new to the country list and the English name of Hippolais opaca is Western Olivaceous Warbler.
2009 Errata: Les limicoles au Mali, en particulier dans le Delta intériur du Niger (Malimbus 31: 1--19). Malimbus 31: 123—Mali is not the largest country in West Africa.
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