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From the CAF files recent decisions, 2004-2005 En direct de la CAF Decisions prises par la Commission de lavifaune Francaise en 2004-2005


Ornithos. Juillet-Aout; 134: 244-257
From the CAF files recent decisions, 2004-2005 En direct de la CAF Decisions prises par la Commission de lavifaune Francaise en 2004-2005
This is the 10th report of the French Avifaune Commission which presents its latest decisions concerning the French Bird List. Common Melanitta nigra and Black Scoters M. americans, as well as Velvet M. fusca and White-winged Scoters M. deglandi, are treated as distinct species. All four species are present on the French list, as an old record of White-winged Scoter of the Asian subspecies stejnegeri has recently been accepted by the Rarities Committee and added to Category B of the French list (adult male captured in the Bale de Somme on 4th December 1886, pecimen conserved in the Natural History Museum in Paris. It now becomes the first Western Palearctic record). Additions to Category A of the French list are: Royal Tern Sterna maxima (Banc d'Arguin, Gironde, 9 July2004), Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata (first-summer male caughtnd ringed on Porquerolles island, 17 April 2004), Eastern Common Redstart (or Ehrenberg's Redstart) Phoenicurus p. samamisicus (male caught in the Camargue, 5 April 1959),while the sole French record of Desert Warbler could not be attributed to the Asian or African species, so the pair Sylvia nana/ deserti is now listed in Category A (record on 16 May 1971 in the Camargue). Additions to Category B are White-winged Scoter M. deglandistejnegeri and White-crowned Black Wheatear Oenanthe leucopyga(first-summer male caught in southern France on 21 April 1884, now conserved in the collections of the Yorkshire Museum).A new species added to Category C, as it held self-sustaining breeding populations for more than ten years: Fischer's Lovebird Agapornis fischeri, with c. 100 pairs breeding at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Alpes Maritimes in southern France. Two further congeneric species also breed there, but having smaller population sizes and breeding for fewer years, were added to Category E: Yellow-collared A. personata and Rosy-faced Lovebirds A. roseicollis. The Red-billed Starling Sturnus sericeus, was also added to Category E, following an observation in Paris in May 2002. The adult male Amur Falcon Falco amurensis, ringed in a bird care centre in France in 1984, and later recaptured in the United Kingdom then killed in Scotland, was proven to be of captive origin so the species was dded to Category E. The Ruppell's Griffon Vulture Gyps rueppellii observed from 20 September 2003 to spring 2004 at Remuzat, Drome, constituted the first record of this speciesfor France but is not considered to be of doubtless wild origin, so the species is placed in Category D. The review of many old records (with up to 3 French records only, most being anterior to the creation of the French Rarities Committee) led to many changes in the French list: GreatAlbatross Diomedea exulans moves from Category B to Category D (a bird captured near Dieppe in 1830); Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythrophtalmus (female collected at Nissan, Herault, on 20July 1886) and Barbary Flacon Falco pelegrinoides (adult male collected at Bagneres-de-Luchon, Hautes-Pyrenees, in 1869) are considered to be of doubtful genuine origin, so they are placed now in Category E. Further reviews of old records led to more changes. A frigatebird Fregata sp. found dead at Aytre, Charente-Maritime, in March 1902, previously considered to be a Magnificent Frigatebird F. magnificens, is now not identified to any species. A record of Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala from Frejus, Var 1845, is confirmed as being this species but considered of doubtful origin so removed from the official records (but with 2 birds recorded in the Camargue still, one at the end of the 19th century, and one on 29 November 1971). A record of Gray's Grasshopper Warbler Locustella fasciolata by Meinhertzhagen at Ouessant on 26 September 1913). Further old records of Lappet-faced Vulture Torgos tracheliotus, Crested Coot Fulica cristata, Sora Rail Porzana carolina, Hawk Owl Surnia ulula, Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus, American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla and Northern Waterthrush Seiurus novaeboracensis have been confirmed following the rediscovering of their specimens in museums' collections and acceptance of their identification by the FRC. Other reports of potential new species for France were not considered sufficiently detailed to add the following species to the French list: Black capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata (caught near Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais, 19th century, but specimen lost during the Second World War); White-faced Storm Petrel Pelagodroma marina (two records in the north Atlantic French exclusive economic waters, originally reported by Watson, could not be definitely confirmed), Dwarf Bittern Ixobrychus Sturmi (two birds reported to have been collected in twoconsecutive years along the same river near Bayonne, but specimens could not be found to confirm identification); Yellow-browed Bunting Emberiza chrysophris (a first year male "caught by mist-netting near the city castle", present in the collection of the museum of Lille, was originally thought to have been caught at Lille, but a report of the same species being caught in the same conditions at Koeln, Germany, a few years before, proves that this record is in fact a German one).


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