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Records – Indian Ocean Islands



Skerrett A. 2001. European Bee-eater Merops apiaster and Citrine Wagtail Motacilla citreola: the first records for Seychelles. Bull. ABC 8: 51-53. (Hazeley Brook, Keele Rd, Keele, Staffs ST5 5AL, UK)

Bee-eater on North Island, Cosmoledo in Nov 1998 and wagtail on Fregate in April 1999.




Records – Atlantic Ocean Islands



Robel D. 2000. [Distribution of Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto in Canary Islands.] [German, English summary.] Orn. Jber. Mus. Heineanum 18: 149-157. (Berliner Platz 1, D-03046 Cotbus, Germany)

Reached islands in 1992. Now breeds on Tenerife and Gran Canaria and there are records from most others of group. Notes on S. ‘risoria’ Barbary Dove included.


de Rouck K. 2001. Bates’ Swift in Cape Verde Islands. Dutch Birding 23: 24-25. (Geelhandlaan 14, 2540 Hove, Belgium)

4 possible Apus batesi seen Feb 1999.




Migration – Palearctic



Berthold P. and 7 others. 2001. Detection of a new important staging and wintering area of the White Stork Ciconia ciconia by satellite tracking. Ibis 143: 450-455. (Res. Cent. Orn. of Max Planck Soc., Vogelwarte Radolfzell, 78315 Radolfzell, Germany; berthold@vowa.ornithol.mpg.de)

15 of 26 birds on eastern route south which got as far as Sudan flew on west to western Sudan and Chad and one to Nigeria. Significance of this needs urgent investigation for the species’ conservation.


Clement P. & Holman D. 2001. Passage records of Amur Falcon Falco amurensis from SE Asia to southern Africa including first records for Ethiopia. Bull. Br. Orn. Club 121: 222-230. (69 Harecroft Rd, Wisbech, Cambs PE13 1RL, UK)

Assumed to make landfall along E African coast to wintering area in SE Africa having come from India perhaps flying high. Another group seems to arrive further north.


Hake M., Kjellen N. & Alerstam T. 2001. Satellite tracking of Swedish Ospreys Pandion haliaetus: autumn migration routes and orientation. J. Avian Biol. 32: 47-56. (Grimso Wildl. Res. St., Dept. Conserv. Biol., SLU, SE-73091 Riddarhyttan, Sweden; mikael.hake@nvb.slu.se)

13 followed all way to Africa: 1 juvenile to Cameroon, 1 female to Mozambique and 5 females, 5 males and 1 juvenile to West Africa. Notes on stopovers and routes taken.


Kjellen N., Hake M. & Alerstam T. 2001. Timing and speed of migration in male, female and juvenile Ospreys Pandion haliaetus between Sweden and Africa as revealed by field observations, radar and satellite tracking. J. Avian Biol. 32: 57-67. (Dept. Anim. Ecol., SE-22362 Lund, Sweden; nils.kjellen@zooekol.lu.se)

Notes on how the birds migrate between breeding and wintering. No difference between sexes.


Meyburg B.-U., Ellis D.H., Meyburg C., Mendelsohn J.M. & Scheller W. 2001. Satellite tracking of two Lesser Spotted Eagles, Aquila pomarina, migrating from Namibia. Ostrich 72: 35-40. (World Working Group on Birds of Prey, Wangenheimstr. 32, 14193 Berlin, Germany)

Immature and subadult tracked for 6 and 8 months and 10000 and nearly 17000 km respectively to Hungary and Ukraine. Subadult bird used more westerly route than other and previous records.


Ottoson U., Hjort C. & Hall P. 2001. The Lake Chad Bird Migration Project: Malamfotori revisited. Bull. ABC 8: 125. (18A rue de Mamer, L-8280 Kehlen, Luxemburg; ottoson@village.uunet.lu)

A multinational project caught nearly 6000 birds (nearly 4000 Palearctic migrants) in Feb-Mar and Aug-Nov 2000. 300 species seen of which 8 were new for Nigeria.


Salewski V., Bairlein F. & Leisler B. 2000. Site fidelity of Palearctic passerine migrants in the Northern Guinea savanna zone, West Africa. Die Vogelwarte 40: 298-301. (An der Vogelwarte 21, D-26386 Wilhelmshaven, Germany; volker.salewski@ifv.terramare.de)

329 birds of 16 species ringed in Comoe Nat. Park, Ivory Coast. Only Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca showed any site fidelity indicating that this was their final wintering area. Observations suggest that Whinchat Saxicola rubetra could also do this.


Schmidt D. & Roepke D. 2001. [Migration routes and wintering areas of Ospreys Pandion haliaetus ringed in Germany.] [German, English summary] Die Vogelwelt 122: 141-146. (VSZ Mossingen, Ziegelhutte 21, D-72116 Mossingen, Germany; vogelschutzzentrum@t-online.de)

140 long distance recoveries analysed 1928-2000. Most go SSW on broad front to winter in West Africa south of Sahara but some stay around Mediterranean.


Serra L., Whitelaw D.A., Tree A.J. & Underhill L.G. 2001. Biometrics, possible breeding origins and migration routes of South African Grey Plovers, Pluvialis squatarola. Ostrich 72: 140-144. (Ist. Naz. per la Fauna Selv., via Ca’ Fornacetta 9, 40064 Ozzano Emilia BO, Italy; infsmuse@iperbole.bologna.it)

Data on 355 birds ringed in South Africa 1971-1977. Biometric data given but these could not identify breeding area with certainty although suggested east of Gydan peninsular in Siberia.




Migration – Afrotropical



Anciaux M.-R. 2000. Approche de la phenologie de la migration des migrateurs intra-Africains de l’interieur des terres du sud-Benin (Plateau d’Allada et sud de la Depression de la Lama). 1. Les non-passeriformes et les non-coraciiformes. Alauda 68: 311-320. (Rue du Busson 28/c, B-5580 Buissonville, Belgium)

General introduction and detailed data for 14 species.


Herholdt J. 2001. Observations on the nocturnal migration of Kurrichane Buttonquail in northern South Africa. Bull. Br. Orn. Club 121: 231-233. (PO Box 4321, Lydenburg 1120, South Africa)

Turnix sylvatica found flying north in Dec at night in Mpumalanga Province.
McCann K.I., Shaw K., Anderson M.D. & Morrison K. 2001. Techniques for determining movement patterns of Blue and Wattled Cranes in South Africa - colour-ringing versus satellite telemetry. Ostrich Supp. 15: 104-108. (Endang. Wildl. Trust, PO Box 1047, Mooi River 3300 KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)

Colour ringing and satellite telemetry used for Anthropoides paradisea and Bugeranus carunculatus. Colour ringing good for Wattled but less use for Blue Crane.


Ryan P. 2001. Do Wandering Albatrosses really wander? Africa: Birds & Birding 5(6): 13. (No address given)

Experiments on Diomedea exulans with remote sensing indicates they stay in one general area and not circle the globe between breeding attempts.


de Swardt D.H. 2001. Preliminary observations on Malachite Sunbird movements in the Free State. Ostrich 72: 203-206. (Dept. Orn., Nat. Mus., PO Box 266, Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa)

Ten year study of 531 Nectarinia famosa in several areas.


Tree A.J. 2001. Kittlitz’s Plover as an intra-African migrant. Honeyguide 47: 10-16. (PO Box 211, Bathurst 6166, South Africa; tony.tree@pixie.co.za)

Gives evidence for movements of Charadrius pecuarius in eastern and southern Africa. Movements often masked by sedentary populations which occur too.


Whittington-Jones C.A., Hulley P.E. & Craig A.J.F.K. 2001. Red-billed Queleas Quelea quelea in the Eastern Cape, South Africa: are they settling down? Ostrich Supp. 15: 89-91. (Dept. Zool. Entom., Rhodes Univ., Grahamstown 6140, South Africa)

Eastern Cape population seems to be less mobile than other southern African populations. Postulate that changes in agricultural practices could enable less nomadic life style of bird.




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