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Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania Hardcover – 28 Jul 1996


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  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1st Edition edition (28 July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691026580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691026589
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.9 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,502,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Honorable Mention for the 1997 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Biological Science, Association of American Publishers

"More than just the definitive guide to East African Birds, this is a beautiful book--a 'must have' especially if you contemplate a journey to see these birds in the feather."--Audubon Naturalist News

"This book provides us with plates that not only address the most difficult identification problems but also delight us as works of art."--Birding

"This is the best and most authoritative and modern field guide available for the region and clearly should be carried by all residents and visitors alike. The price seems absurdly reasonable."--Choice

"Birds of Kenya is a superior achievement, and the design and artwork set a standard for the guides that cover areas with a large number of species. . .Any bird watcher visiting Kenya must have it."--Bird Watcher¹s Digest

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Dale A. Zimmerman is a retired university academic who has undertaken many years of research into the birds of Kenya. Donald A. Turner has lived in Kenya for the past 30 years and is one of the most active birders in the country. David J. Pearson formerly lived in Kenya and has undertaken long-term ringing studies in the country. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mark R on 16 Jan. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania is a wonderful reference book of East African birds. Its Comprehensive,informative and brilliantly illistrated, but.............I do wonder about its usage as a field guide for two main reasons. Firstly, its not the cheapest publication in its subject area and though the hardback version is undoubtedly robust, if you love your books as I do, then packing it, unpacking it and thumbing through it on safari might cause you to wince a little. Secondly, its a heavy publication and not for the faint hearted on a bird walk, particularly if your going to juggle binoculars, camera and note book as well. I certainly want it on my library shelf but will use it alongside smaller, lighter but less comprehensive publications in the future, Perhaps the paperback version offers a more useful option in the field.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a truly excellent field guide and brought me great pleasure on a recent holiday in Kenya and northern Tanzania.The plates are of superb quality and the text is clear and helpful in highlighting confusion species.The one slight drawback is the weight of this hardback edition.It certainly is not a pocket guide!I understand that a softback edition is now available.This may prove to be a better option for anyone making a one-off visit to the region.It will definitely be cheaper and take up less luggage space.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By dj_kelly@lineone.net on 12 Nov. 1999
Format: Paperback
I used this book on a recent trip to East Africa and it was invaluable. No other field guide to this region is comparable. The authors have cut down the hardback handbook to make an excellent field guide, especially for those LBJs such as larks and cisticolas. For any birder or general naturalist visiting Kenya or the adjacent countries this book is invaluable.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book comes highly recommended by our Tanzanian Guide with whom we went on safari recently in the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. He was extremely knowledgeable about the birds in this area and he could not praise this book enough for its accuracy and detail.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Jones on 18 Feb. 2011
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First things first, it's not a small book and weighs nearly as much as a bag of sugar.

However, coming back from Kenya 3 years ago with around 3000 images of wildlife and a fading memory this book has helped me identify the birds quite easily. The birds are grouped into species/varieties, the images and descriptions are quite clear. Can't believe there is such a variety of birds in the region.

Recommended,
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I am a long-time owner and user of the Helm Guide to the Birds of East Africa (let's call it HGBEA for short), which is a wonderful book, expertly presented with beautiful hand-painted illustrations and comprehensive descriptions. It probably rates as my Desert Island Discs book (though I'd go for the whole Helm Field Guide series if Radio 4 would let me). I bought the Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania as a companion to the HGBEA, and it is certainly a pleasure to use the two guides alongside each other. But it is inferior to its big brother in two respects: (1) the distribution maps are not placed adjacent to the plates, which adds an extra complication to the business of species identification, and (2) while the plates are attractive and charming, they are not as accurate or as beautiful as those in the HGBEA.

So, bottom line: if budget, weight or space considerations limit you to only one guide book to the birds of the region, then let it be the HGBEA - it's a no-brainer in my view. But if you are birding in Kenya and/or Northern Tanzania (e.g. in the Serengeti) and enjoy using two or more guide books at once, then the Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania will be a worthy addition to your (by now pretty heavy) safari bag.
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By gmiester on 23 Jan. 2013
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I recently enjoyed a safari holiday in Kenya. I am a keen birder and birding was one of the main reasons for the trip. Obviously I was going to need a field guide to the birds of Kenya and having read the reviews I ended up buying this one and I have to say I'm so glad I did. To call it a field guide is slightly misleading as it is quite a large book. However, after the days safari back in the comfort of our room I found this book a real joy to leaf through in order to put a name to the birds we had spotted that day. The illustrations are excellent and capture the the birds superbly the text is also very informative complimenting the illustrations perfectly. I was able to successfully identify 280 species of bird using this guide, and I found it to be an invaluable companion on a wonderful and memorable holiday and I would have no hesitation in recommending this guide to anyone planing a trip to Kenya.
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By rahuluhar on 5 May 2012
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this book is thoroughly useful for anybody interested in birds of east africa. i bought this item over 2 years ago and figured it would be good to review it.

it has served many expeditions into the bush and it is still in good condition. the cover is doing its job of protecting the rest of the book.

it is easy to navigate through the book, great images and concise information all readily available. highly recommended for anyone with a general interest in birds.
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