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Kemp A. 2001. Owls of southern Africa. Africa: Birds & Birding 6(1): 27-32. (No address given)

General biology notes on 12 species of Tytonidae and Strigidae with illustrations by Chris van Rooyen.

Osborne T. & Osborne L. 2001. What sex is that Ruppell’s Korhaan? Africa: Birds & Birding 6(1): 16-17. (No address given)

Notes on sex differences in plumage in Eupodotis rueppellii.

Svensson L. 2001. The correct name of the Iberian Chiffchaff Phylloscopus ibericus Ticehurst 1937, its identification and new evidence of its wintering grounds. Bull. Br. Orn. Club 122: 281-296. (Sturegatan 60, S-11436 Stockholm, Sweden;

P. brehmi should be P. ibericus now thought to be a separate species. Detailed notes on identification and winters primarily if not entirely in tropical Africa.


Bergmann H.-H. & Schottler B.H. 2001. Trends in systematics. Tenerife Robin – a species on its own? Dutch Birding 23: 140-146. (Abt. Eth., Fac. Biol., Univ. Osnabruck, Barbarastr. 11, 49069 Osnabruck, Germany;

Promotes the case for the subspecies of European Robin Erithacus rubecula superbus to be a species based on plumage and vocalizations.

Cheke R.A. 2001. Confirmation of the position of the likely type-locality of Chalcomitra rubescens stangerii. Bull. Br. Orn. Club 121: 52-53. (Nat. Res. Inst., Univ. Greenwich, Central Ave., Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TB, UK)

Confirms site for this subspecies of Green-throated Sunbird as on Bioko.

Cibois A., Slikas B., Schulenberg T.S. & Pasquet E. 2001. An endemic radiation of Malagasy songbirds is revealed by mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Evolution 55: 1198-1206. (Lab. Zool., Mus. Nat. d’Hist. Nat., 55 rue Buffon, F-75005 Paris, France;

13 species of passerines studied. 9 form a clade although currently in 3 different families. This clade resembles radiation shown by vangas in Madagascar or finches in Galapagos.

Cleere N. 2001. The validity of the genus Veles Bangs, 1918 (Caprimulgidae). Bull. Br. Orn. Club 122: 278-279. (2 Hawthorn House, Roundfield, Upper Bucklebury, Berks RG7 6RQ, UK;

Seems to be valid for Brown Nightjar Caprimulgus binotatus on morphological and behavioural grounds.

Collinson M. 2001. Evolution of the Atlantic-island Chaffinches. Brit. Birds 91: 121-124. (22 Tippet Knowes Park, Winchburgh, Edinburgh EH52 6UJ, UK;

Reviews status of Fringilla coelebs in North Africa (2 races), Canary Islands (3 races), 1 race on Madeira and another on Azores. Also Blue Chaffinch F. teydea in respect of mtDNA. F.c. spodiogenys (Algeria and east) is much different from others.

Conzemius T. 2001. [The superspecies Lanius [excubitor] in the western Palearctic.] [German] Limicola 15: 185-227. (38 Kiischtewee, L-6113 Junglinster, Luxemburg)

Includes information on the North African forms: koenigi, algeriensis, aucheri, elegans and ‘dodsoni’, which Birds of Africa consider as races of L. meridionalis.

Cooper M.I., Cunningham M. & Cherry M.I. 2001. Taxonomic status of the Namibian Violet Woodhoopoe Phoeniculus damarensis as determined by mitochondrial DNA. Ibis 143: 572-579. (Dept. Zool., Univ. Stellenbosch, P Bag X1, Matieland 7602, South Africa;

Sequences from these are phylogenetically nested within Green Woodhoopoe P. purpureus. Is different from Scimitarbill P. cyanomelas. Consider therefore that P. purpureus and P. damarensis should be conspecific.

Kemp A.C. 2001. The role of species limits and biology in the conservation of African hornbills. Ostrich Supp. 15: 200-204. (Dept. Birds, Transvaal Mus., PO Box 413, Pretoria 0001, South Africa)

Genetic studies show that African hornbills should be divided into more than the present 23 species in 3 genera. Some of new taxa are range restricted with conservation implications. Further studies are needed.

Louette M. 2001. Redescription of African Goshawks, Accipiter tachiro, from Bioko and the adjacent mainland. Ostrich 72: 24-27. (Dept. Zool., Roy. Mus. Cent. Afr., Leuvensesteenweg 13, B-3080 Tervuren, Belgium;

Accipiter tachiro lopezi is similar to adjacent forms on mainland. A. t. macroscelides is the ancestor of lopezi, and macroscelides and toussenelii are best considered as one species.
Pegoraro K., Foger M. & Parson W. 2001. Mitochondrial DNA sequence evidence for close relationship of Bald Ibis, Geronticus calvus, and Waldrapp Ibis, G. eremita. Ostrich 72: 215-216. (BLU, Defreggerstr. 20, A-6020, Innsbruck, Austria;

They two are close and further from Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus.

Pegoraro K., Foger M. & Parson W. 2001. First evidence of mtDNA sequence differences between Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) of Moroccan and Turkish origin. J. f. Orn. 142: 425-428. (BLU, Defreggerstr. 20, A-6020, Innsbruck, Austria;

One point mutation in cytochrome b gene was population specific.

Ryan P. 2001. Morphological heritability in a hybrid bunting complex: Nesospiza at Inaccessible Island. Condor 103: 429-439. (Percy Fitzpatrick Inst. of Afr. Orn., Univ. Cape Town, Rondebosch 7700, South Africa;

6 characters had significant heritability among Tristan Buntings N. acunhae and hybrids with Wilkins’ N. wilkinsi. Also positive with colour morphs. Controlled breeding experiments needed to find relative genetic and environmental components but cross fostering should be avoided.

Ryan P. & Sinclair I. 2001. The great skua debate. Africa: Birds & Birding 6(4): 16-17. (No address given)

A brief look at the skuas Catharacta antarctica/ C. lonnbergi debate over taxonomy and what are seen in South African waters.

Saetre G.-P., Borge T. & Moum T. 2001. A new bird species: the taxonomic status of ‘the Atlas Flycatcher’ assessed from DNA sequence analysis. Ibis 143: 494-497. (Dept. Evol. Biol., Uppsala Univ., Norbyvagen 18d, SE-75236 Uppsala, Sweden;

Suggests that the Ficedula in the Atlas mountains should be ‘F. speculigera’ and different to Pied Flycatcher F. hypoleucos, Collared F. albicollis and Semi-collared F. semitorquata.

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