|Red-eyed dove - Streptopelia semitorquata - Inumah|
Agahozo-Shalom is rich in birds, and now its students can learn about them with a new poster illustrating more than 30 of the most common species.
|Meet the artist: Rossi, a 9th grade student at ASYV, drew most the birds.|
He was president of the student art club and spent his free time on
Saturdays and Sundays illustrating our feathered friends.
|Cinnamon-chested bee-eater - Merops oreobates - Imisamanzuki|
I used my field notes from over 100 bird walks at ASYV over the past year to determine which birds to include. All of the birds here are fairly easy to find and observe, although some of the visitors like African harrier hawk and black-headed heron are not always present. A few common birds such as tawny-flanked prinia, red-faced cisticola, and red-rumped swallow were excluded due to space constraints and/or difficulty of observation without binoculars. However, Michele and I donated a copy of Birds of East Africa (Stevenson and Fanshawe) to the library and several pairs of binoculars for anyone who wants to find out more information.
|Speckled mousebird - Colius striatus - Umusure|
|Southern red bishop - Euplectes orix - Isawdi|
The poster is in the science center and on an information sign at the nature park here at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. Other groups who may see birds regularly (security and kitchen staff) have been given posters as well. The poster will hopefully be printed for display in other spots in Agahozo to help even more people learn about and enjoy the birds of Rwanda.