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‘Adufrica’ Extols Eritrea’s Destination for Birdwatchers

Ostrich family near Eritrea's coast

‘Adufrica’ Extols Eritrea’s Destination for Birdwatchers

By Yosief Abraham Z

A two weekly internal memo on various African voices and faces—Adufrica—lists Eritrea as one of the pacific destination for birdwatchers in Africa. Accordingly, the article in Adufrica states ‘despite recent years skewed media coverage that has been running from defamation to absurdities, Eritrea is perhaps one of the only few places to see the ostriches near its clear sea-shore.’

Referred to Jugal Tiwari report ‘Eritrea: A Birders’ Destination,’ the article amplifies that visitors can see ostriches flock in small numbers, including up to 12-15 males in one flock. The Southern Red Sea of Eritrea is also a stable harbor for gazelles, a chosen place for the Dorcas and simmering gazelles roaming freely. ‘Though 566 lists of birds from Eritrea have been archived by James Clements, author of The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World, the country is overly safe to watch the cormorants, darters and varieties of egrets, herons and bitterns in the coastal areas and fresh water bodies,’ articulates the writer.

An ecologist and an enthusiast for watching birds across Eritrea’s territory, Mr. Jugal Tiwari, adds that the hammercop—a typical one species genera with only limited distribution in Africa—is common in Foro, Mai-Wu’ui and Gahtelay areas. After designating the Dahlak archipelago also as ‘the pearl fisheries hub’ and details its chronicles since Roman times, Adufrica asserts over their testimonies of abundances in marine diversity, the Dahlak islands are naturedly blessed with kestrels, goliath herons, white-collared king fishers and other uncommon species.

With natural blesses to surpass coastal cities tourism share in comparison to Aqaba of Jordan, Port Safaga of Egypt and Haql of Saudi Arabia if necessary investment made in Assab, the article elaborate ‘this port city—Assab—welcomes birdwatchers with its diversities that embrace the Egyptian Geese, Black Kites, Ospreys, Kestrels and others. “The Habib Islands are magnetizing for tourists who want to enjoy the lava desert, doum palm groves and the beautiful white sand beaches,” adds the article.

“Despite of the political notoriety by a few individuals to paint Eritrea the brands of violence and endless social crisis, the country is more safe that many countries. The local residents are the most hospitable, generous, self-proud and are built on solid values of respecting guests and visitors. This is an exceptional and monetarily incalculable benefit for tourists, in this case for birdwatchers. Thus, the over 3,000 hectares of the mangrove forests thickets of the Habib Islands are worth to be visited.”

In addition to the lists in Asmara, Semenawi Bahri Forest reserves, Setit and Mereb river banks scenario and the Gash Barka major destinations, Adufrica listed four species of bustards, six species from the sand grouses, sixteen species of the plovers, seventeen species of Columbidae (pigeons and doves) and, among others, seven species of Night-jars that has been attractive to birdwatchers along the azure Eritrea’s coastal areas of the Red-Sea.

Adufrica writer—Julian Claxton—was in Eritrea last month and is producing ‘Abundance of Treasures in Eritrea: Pacific Hub for Birders Destination,’ an ecological documentary for Dailymotion and the Protected Planet.

Yosief Abraham Z is a freelance journalist and Executive Director of HorMid Media and Art Center. You can contact him at

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