Raptor 'super roost' in Senegal

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Subject: Raptor 'super roost' in Senegal
From: Robert Gosford <>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 06:59:38 +0930
From LPO, the African Birding weblist & Birdlife International

Surveys reveal raptor ‘super-roost’

Surveys in Senegal by LPO (BirdLife in France) have revealed a single roost containing 
over 28,600 Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni and 16,000 African Swallow-tailed Kite 
Chelictinia riocourii – one of the largest bird of prey roosts ever found.

“One evening, I saw the passage of some 300 birds flying over,” said Philippe Pilard of LPO, 
who discovered the site in January 2007. “The next evening I saw 1,300 falcons fly over. I therefore 
decided to follow them, which was only possible on foot.”

“I first walked 10 kilometres -even crossing rivers by canoe- and finally found the 
Lesser Kestrel roost, along with the African Swallow-tailed Kites.”

The existence of communal roosts during the non-breeding season -sometimes 
involving several thousand individuals- has been observed in a number of 
different countries including Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. However 
conservationists have described this enormous roost -altogether some 45,000 
insectivorous raptors- as exceptional.

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