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First documented records of Beaudouin’s Snake Eagle Circaetus beaudouini for Ethiopia and Eritrea

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Premières observations documentées du Circaète de Beaudouin Circaetus beaudouini pour l’Éthiopie et l’Érythrée. En 2015–19, le Circaète de Beaudouin Circaetus beaudouini a été observé sept fois et photographié à cinq occasions en Éthiopie et une fois en Érythrée. Il s’agit des premières mentions documentées pour les deux pays, une dizaine d’observations antérieures n’ayant pas été suffisamment documentées pour être acceptées.

Beaudouin’s Snake Eagle Circaetus beaudouini, classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN (2019), ranges from southern Mauritania and Senegambia to south-west Sudan and western South Sudan, with a few records from Kenya (Kemp et al. 2019). Ash & Atkins (2009) mention at least ten records in Ethiopia, one prior to 1971 and the others post-1993, but considered none to be sufficiently well documented to be acceptable; consequently the species was not mapped in their atlas. Redman et al. (2011) note that Beaudouin’s Snake Eagle’s range in West Africa extends east to Sudan in woodland and open plains, with several recent records in west and central Ethiopia at 1,250–4,000 m, ‘but none fully acceptable and species still hypothetical’.

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