Working for birds in Africa

First breeding record of Ahanta Francolin for Nigeria

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Première donnée de nidification du Francolin d’Ahanta Pternistis ahantensis pour le Nigeria.

Le 11 janvier 2017, un nid du Francolin d’Ahanta Pternistis ahantensis contenant quatre œufs a été découvert sur le campus de l’Institut international d’Agriculture tropicale (IITA) à Ibadan, Nigeria. Il s’agit de la première donnée de nidification de l’espèce pour le pays.

Ahanta Francolin Pternistis ahantensis is restricted to the Guinea-Congo Forest Biome (Ezealor 2001). Although listed as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, it is perhaps declining locally due to conversion of habitat for agriculture, and overhunting (BirdLife International 2017, McGowan & Kirwan 2017). In Nigeria, the species is considered an uncommon to rare resident, and no breeding records exist (Urban et al. 1993, Elgood et al. 1994, Dowsett et al. 2017). The c.1,000-ha campus of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) at Ibadan supports a high diversity of habitats and birds, and qualifies as an Important Bird Area (Ezealor 2001). Although expanding urbanisation is a major concern, reforestation, bird monitoring and awareness creation are improving conservation in the area. One of these conservation activities, funded by the A. P. Leventis Foundation, is the restoration of the derelict IITA Arboretum as a Tree Heritage Park (THP). The project aims to replace exotic trees with native species that are already Red Listed or known to be threatened

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