Malimbus 29 (2) September/septembre 2007

Abstracts prepared for Ornithological Worldwide Literature (OWL)

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & R. J. Dowsett.  2007.  The avifauna of the proposed Kyabobo National Park in eastern Ghana,Malimbus 29: 61-88.   (Le Pouget, 30440 Sumène, France. <dowsett"at"aol.com>.) —Describes the first ever survey, which lasted 22 days in the rainy season (3 days mist-netting) and 6 days in the dry season, 2004 - 2005, and resulted in the identification of 235 species.  Contains short accounts of status of each species including habitats, breeding evidence, comments on biome-restricted and threatened species, an analysis of the biogeographical importance of the park and recommendations on establishing it as an Important Bird Area.

Sedláček, O., et al.  2007.  The birds of a montane forest mosaic in Big Babanki area, Bamenda Highlands, CameroonMalimbus 29: 89-100.   (Dept. Ecol., Fac. Sci., Charles Univ. Prague, Viničná 7, CZ-128 44 Praha, Czech Republic. <zbrd"at"email.cz>.) —Gives the results of 52 days of work by 6 or more observers in the beginning of the dry seasons Nov-Dec 2003 & 2005 in an area of c. 1 km2 at 2200m.  Summarizes information on abundance, habitat use, vocalisation and breeding activity of 109 species.

Petersen, B. S., K. D. Christensen, & F. P. Jensen.  2007.  Bird population densities along two precipitation gradients in Senegal and NigerMalimbus 29: 101-121.  (Orbicon, Ringstedvej 20, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark. <bo"at"orbicon.dk>.) —Analyses data from 276 line transects in Senegal (between 300 and 800 mm isohyets) and 331 in Niger (200-600 mm) during the rainy seasons (June-Sept) in 2003 and 2004.  232 species were identified.  Determines precipitation ranges with maximum densities (birds/km2) for 67 species and densities in three zones in each country for 77 species.  A summarized version of the original data set (Excel file) is on the WAOS website at ../suppindex.htm . It contains: Transect totals worksheet:  8747 records from the 607 transects, each record giving the number of birds of a particular species detected in that transect, plus transect details and date; ESWs worksheet: Effective Strip Widths for each of the 232 species.

Strandberg, R., et al.  2007.  European Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus at Yankari National Park, NigeriaMalimbus 29: 122-123.  (Dept. Anim. Ecol., Lund Univ., SE-22362 Lund, Sweden. <roine.strandberg"at"zooekol.lu.se>.)—Up to 3 in March 2005. 

Strandberg, R., & P. Olofsson.  2007.  Bird observations in MaliMalimbus 29: 123-125.  (Dept. Anim. Ecol., Lund Univ., SE-22362 Lund, Sweden. <roine.strandberg"at"zooekol.lu.se>.)—Reports range extensions of 4 species and unusually large numbers of 2 others, Nov-Dec 2006.

Salewski, V.  2007.  No confirmed record of Black-backed Cisticola Cisticola eximius from Benin.   Malimbus 29:125-126.  (Prinz-Rupprecht-Str. 34, 93053 Regensburg, Germany. <salewski.volker"at"web.de>.)—Previous published record was misidentified.

 Christy, P., & F. Maisels.  2007.  Grey-necked Picathartes Picathartes oreas use man-made structures to breedMalimbus 29: 126-128.  (BP 2240, Libreville, Gabon.)  Describes, with photographs, two nest sites with nests discovered in or before 2002 under concrete bridges in Lopé National Park.  Evidence that these nests were used is not explicitly given.

Strandberg, R., & P. Olofsson.  2007.  Seabird counts at N’Gor, Senegal, in November 2006.  Malimbus 29: 128-130.  (Dept. Anim. Ecol., Lund Univ., SE-22362 Lund, Sweden. <roine.strandberg"at"zooekol.lu.se>.)During 7 days in November 2006, 11 species were observed passing, of which Cory’s Shearwater Calonetris diomedea was by far the most numerous. 

Bobo, K. S., et al.  2007.  Baumann’s Greenbull Phyllastrephus baumanni, new to CameroonMalimbus 29: 130-132.  (Min. Environ. & For., Dept. Wildl. & Protected Areas, Yaounde, Cameroon. <bobokadiri”at”yahoo.fr>.)4 mist-netted in SW Cameroon, Jan-Mar 2006.

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