Working for birds in Africa

Another probable record of South Polar Skua in West Africa, the first from Togo

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Une donnée supplémentaire du Labbe de McCormick Stercorarius maccormicki en Afrique occidentale, la première pour le Togo.

Un Labbe de McCormick Stercorarius maccormicki bagué à l’île King George, South Shetlands, Antarctique, a été repris au Togo ; cette observation et d’autres dans la région suggèrent que l’Afrique occidentale peut être une zone importante pour l’hivernage de cette espèce, même que la possibilité de Labbe antarctique S. antarcticus n’est pas entièrement exclue.

Recent examination of ringing data concerning Togo and Benin held in the EURING Data Bank has produced details of a recovery made on 26 July 1988 near Lomé (06°08’N 01°13’E), Togo, concerning a South Polar Skua Stercorarius maccormicki ringed as a nestling on 20 January 1988 at King George Island, South Shetlands, Antarctica (62°12’S 58°58’W). This is the first record of this species for Togo, and there appear to be just two other reports from West Africa north of the equator: (1) a recovery of a bird from the same area in Antarctica, ringed as a fledgling in February 1991 and found in July 1991 near Dakar (14°36’N 17°30’W), Senegal (Bourne & Curtis 1994); and (2) at least two birds photographed at sea off Ghana on 12 May 2013 and 25 April 2014 (de Boer & Saulino 2015).

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