Scopus: Journal of East African Ornithology 2023-09-19T08:03:47+00:00 Darcy Ogada Open Journal Systems <p><em><span lang="EN-US">Scopus: Journal of East African Ornithology</span></em><span lang="EN-US"> has been published since 1977 by the Bird Committee of the East Africa Natural History Society. Originally titled <em>Scopus</em>, the addition of <em>Journal of East African Ornithology </em>began with our January 2018 issue. The journal is published Open Access twice a year, typically in January and July. Authors retain copyright and their work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Our copyright and licensing agreement only applies from January 2018 onwards, and does not apply to previously published issues.&nbsp;Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles.</span></p> <p><em><span lang="EN-US">Scopus: Journal of East African Ornithology</span></em><span lang="EN-US"> welcomes original contributions— which have not been published elsewhere— on all aspects of the ornithology of eastern Africa, encompassing the area from Sudan, Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa countries south to Mozambique, and including the Malagasy region.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span lang="EN-US">This journal does not charge Article Processing Charges or submission charges.</span></p> Comments on the type specimen of <i>Falco rupicoloides arthuri</i> (Gurney) in the Natural History Museum, Tring, United Kingdom 2023-09-19T07:01:39+00:00 D.A. Turner <p>No abstract.</p> 2023-09-19T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Observations of a new colony of Ruvu Weavers <i>Ploceus holoxanthus</i> near Morogoro, Tanzania 2023-09-19T07:07:37+00:00 Joshua C. Brown Amicie Lavault <p>No abstract.</p> 2023-09-19T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Pink-backed Pelicans <i>Pelecanus rufescens</i> show a remarkable advance in the onset of breeding in Uganda 2023-09-19T07:12:54+00:00 Derek Pomeroy Micheal Kibuule <p>No abstract.</p> 2023-09-19T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 East African Rarities Committee Report for 2022 2023-09-19T07:17:58+00:00 Nigel Hunter <p>No abstract.</p> 2023-09-19T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Survey of birds in Mdando Forest in the Southern Highlands, Tanzania 2023-09-19T06:55:58+00:00 Flemming P. Jensen Chacha Werema Morten Christensen Elia A. Mulungu <p>We conducted an avian survey of Mdando Forest in Tanzania´s Southern Highlands in September and November 2022, and May 2023, using mist nets and opportunistic observations from camps inside the forest at 1750 m, 1950 m and 2050 m elevation. We recorded 61 species which included nine species that previously have not been reported from Mdando, including Black-headed Apalis <em>Apalis melanocephala </em>and Sharpe’s Akalat <em>Sheppardia sharpei</em>. Conversely, we failed to find three forest species that are recorded from Mdando. Of the total of 64 bird species known from the forest, 36 are classified as forest specialists, 24 are forest generalists and four are forest visitors. The forest avifauna included range-restricted species such as Iringa Akalat <em>Sheppardia lowei </em>and Spot-throat <em>Modulatrix stictigula</em>. The non-forested Makambako highlands (the “Makambako Gap”) have often been seen as a faunal barrier separating the Southern Highlands from the more species-rich East Arc Mountains. However, 36 of the 44 montane forest specialists known from the Udzungwa Mountains, the southernmost and closest area of the East Arc Mountains, have now been recorded from Mdando Forest, which shows that there is a large overlap in the montane avifauna on both sides of the Makambako Gap, suggesting a comparatively recent forest connection.</p> 2023-09-19T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2023