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On the occurrence of the Alpine Swift Apus melba in Nigeria.

West African Ornithological Society
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Short Notes — Notes Courtes 2008 Notes Courtes 167 MOREAU, R.E. (1972) The Palaearctic-African Bird Migration Systems. Academic Press, London. MOREL, G.J. & MOREL, M.-Y. (1988) Liste des oiseaux de Guineé. Malimbus 10: 143–176. MOREL, G.J. & MOREL, M.-Y. (1990) Les Oiseaux de Sénégambie. ORSTOM, Paris. RIEGERT, J., SEDLÁČEK, O. & HUTTERER, R. (in press) Diet of sympatric African Grass Owl (Tyto capensis) and Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus) in the Bamenda Highlands, NW Cameroon. Afr. J. Ecol. RODWELL, S.P., SAUVAGE, A., RUMSEY, S.J.R. & BRÄULICH, A. (1996) An annotated checklist of birds occuring at the Parc National des Oiseaux du Djoudj in Senegal, 1984–1994. Malimbus 18: 74–111. SAUVAGE, A. & RODWELL, S.P. (1998) Notable observations of birds in Senegal (ex- cluding Parc National des Oiseaux du Djoudj), 1984–1994. Malimbus 20: 75–122. SMALLEY, M.E. (1983) The Marsh Owl Tyto capensis: a wet season migrant to the Gambia. Malimbus 5: 31–33. VELMALA, W. & GUSTAFSSON, R. (2003) Two new raptors for Nigeria and other raptor observations at Lake Chad. Malimbus 25: 52–55. Received 23 February 2008 Revised 6 May 2008 Jan Riegert1, Marcin Antczak2 & Drahomíra Fainová1 1Univ. of South Bohemia, Faculty of Science, Dept of Zoology, Branišovská 31, 370 05 České Budějovice, Czech Republic 2Adam Mickiewicz Univ., Dept of Behavioural Ecology, Umultowska 89, PL-61 614 Poznań, Poland On the occurrence of the Alpine Swift Apus melba in Nigeria The Alpine Swift Apus melba is a not uncommon to rare Palaearctic winter visitor to W Africa (Keith et al. 1988), whose winter distribution is not adequately known in the region (Borrow & Demey 2001). For Nigeria, the known distribution extends only to about 7º N. However, there are two records from Cameroon, at 4–5º N, close to the Nigerian border (Borrow & Demey 2001). Here, we add four observations of large flocks of Alpine Swifts from the Cross River National Park, in SE Nigeria, suggesting t

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