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Short note on status of Pel's Fishing Owl in the Togo-Bénin Gap

p 135-136

Cheke & Walsh state that Pel's Fishing Owl Scotopelia peli is probably extinct in Togo, noting a lack of records, despite the authors' extensive helicopter flights throughout the Togolese river systems during 1979-1990. The only known record of the species in Togo dates from 1902.

The species has, however, been observed in the Pendjari and Arli National Parks, in neighbouring Bénin and Burkina Faso, where it is described as rare in riparian habitat, presumably along the Pendjari River. It is resident on several river systems in Park W, Niger, which also encompasses part of northern Bénin, and a pair was regularly noted along the Mekrou River, which forms the border between Niger and Bénin.

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