Scopus: Journal of East African Ornithology https://www.ajol.info/index.php/scopus <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> en-US Scopus: Journal of East African Ornithology 0250-4162 Copyright belongs to The Bird Committee of the East Africa Natural History Society. Gonadosomatic index infers the breeding season of the House Crow <i>Corvus splendens</i> in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania https://www.ajol.info/index.php/scopus/article/view/192552 <p>The House Crow <em>Corvus splendens</em> is native to the Indian subcontinent but also has a broad invasive range which includes the coast of East Africa. House Crows (HC and HCs throughout this paper) were introduced in Zanzibar in the 1890s from where they later spread to mainland Tanzania. Their negative socioeconomic and ecological impacts have necessitated the instigation of population control programmes using avicides and trapping. Although knowledge on the reproductive biology of HCs, in particular the breeding status, is important for successful control programmes, little is known about it in Dar es Salaam. To establish the HC breeding status, a total of 83 female and 100 male birds were collected from August 2013 to July 2014 from traps operated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism population control programme. All birds were euthanized, dissected, and sex determined by gonad examination. The gonadosomatic index (GSI) was determined as the ratio of gonad weight upon total body weight. The GSI, which is an index of gonad development relative to the bird’s sexual maturation, peaked from October to December suggesting that this period is the main breeding season. The HC population control could be intensified during the onset of gonad development when the demand for resources is high.</p><p><strong>Keywords:</strong> breeding season, gonadosomatic index, House Crow, Dar es Salaam</p> Eligi P. Kimario Jasson R. John Harishchandra B. Pratap Copyright (c) 2020-01-29 2020-01-29 40 1 1 6 Recent survey of birds in Gishwati Forest, Rwanda https://www.ajol.info/index.php/scopus/article/view/192553 <p>We conducted a general avian survey in and around the Gishwati Forest of Rwanda’s Gishwati-Mukura National Park between 6 June and 7 August 2019, using stationary point counts and opportunistic observations along approximately 300 km of transects and trails. Of the 155 bird species recorded, one is Critically Endangered (Hooded Vulture <em>Necrosyrtes monachus</em>), two are Endangered (Gray Crowned-Crane <em>Balearica regulorum</em> and Grauer’s Swamp Warbler <em>Bradypterus graueri</em>), one is Vulnerable (Tawny Eagle <em>Aquila rapax</em>), and two are Near-Threatened (Mountain Buzzard <em>Buteo oreophilus</em> and Lagden’s Bushshrike <em>Malaconotus lagdeni</em>). We recorded three Afrotropical migrants and 20 species endemic to the Albertine Rift (though two of these are only recognized at the subspecies level). Within this avian community, 41 species are forest specialists, 55 are forest generalists, and 25 are forest visitors.</p><p><strong>Keywords:</strong> conservation, Gishwati Forest, Gishawati-Mukura National Park, montane forest birds, Rwanda</p> Seth Inman Claver Ntoyinkama Copyright (c) 2020-01-29 2020-01-29 40 1 7 15 Short Communications: Birds of the college of African wildlife management, Mweka, Tanzania https://www.ajol.info/index.php/scopus/article/view/192554 <p>No Abstract</p> Philip C. Stouffer Copyright (c) 2020-01-29 2020-01-29 40 1 16 25 Short Communications: The breeding of the Woolly-necked Stork <i>Ciconia episcopus</i> in Tanzania https://www.ajol.info/index.php/scopus/article/view/192556 <p>No Abstract</p> N.E. Baker E.M. Baker Copyright (c) 2019-01-29 2019-01-29 40 1 26 27 Short Communications: Breeding of the Giant Kingfisher <i>Megaceryle maxima</i> at Lake Naivasha, Kenya https://www.ajol.info/index.php/scopus/article/view/192557 <p>No Abstract</p> Douglas Gachucha Naomi Nyaboke Moraa Benson Hassan Abdiaziz Gabriel Benson Donald A. Turner Copyright (c) 2020-01-29 2020-01-29 40 1 28 32 Short Communications: Ashy Starling <i>Lamprotornis unicolor</i> a new host for Greater Honeyguide <i>Indicator indicator</i> https://www.ajol.info/index.php/scopus/article/view/192558 <p>No Abstract</p> Melissa Eager Copyright (c) 2020-01-29 2020-01-29 40 1 33 33 Short Communications: Silvery-cheeked Hornbill <i>Bycanistes brevis</i> in Kenya https://www.ajol.info/index.php/scopus/article/view/195409 <p>No Abstract</p> Donald A. Turner Dale A. Zimmerman Copyright (c) 2020-04-30 2020-04-30 40 1 34 34