Working for birds in Africa

Bird records from Annobon, Equatorial Guinea, October 2016, including the first Squacco Heron

pp 209-212

Observations d’oiseaux à Annobón, Guinée équatoriale, en octobre 2016, dont la première du Crabier chevelu Ardeola ralloides.

Á l’occasion d’une courte visite à Annobón, du 22 au 25 octobre 2016, 13 espèces ont été observées, y compris une nouvelle pour l’île (le Crabier chevelu Ardeola ralloides), trois taxons endémiques (le Petit-duc d’Annobon Otus [senegalensis] feae, le Tchitrec d’Annobon Terpsiphone rufiventer smithii et le Zostérops d’Annobon Zosterops griseovirescens) et trois qui n’ont pas pu être identifiées spécifiquement. La Gallinule poule-d’eau Gallinula chloropus, éteinte sur l’île selon la littérature, était toujours présente sur le lac de cratère

Annobón is the smallest and southernmost of the four islands in the Gulf of Guinea. It is also the most remote, lying 180 km southsouthwest of São Tomé and 340 km from the nearest mainland, in Gabon. Like Bioko, it is now part of Equatorial Guinea. The island was apparently uninhabited at its discovery, in 1471, but is said to have been settled in 1503 (Jones & Tye 2006). It has been little visited by ornithologists, in large part undoubtedly due to its remoteness. The Annobón bird list comprises just 33 species, of which 14 are known to breed on the island and one is considered extinct (Jones & Tye 2006). The most recent published information on the avifauna is limited to a paper describing a single-day visit, on 5 March 1989 (Harrison 1990), whilst a survey sponsored by the ABC Conservation Fund and undertaken in August 2000 yielded only a very succinct ‘preliminary report’ containing few details that appeared in this Bulletin (Pérez del Val 2001). It therefore seems useful to present records from a short visit I made to Annobón on 22–25 October 2016.

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