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Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania: Field Guide Edition (Princeton Field Guides) Hardcover – 21 Jul 1999


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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Field Guide edition (21 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691010218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691010212
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 14.3 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,494,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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 one of the premier birding destinations on the planet, and this guide is indispensable for anyone birding the region. . . . [A]nyone going on a wildlife or birding safari in East Africa should have this beautifully illustrated and meticulously researched Field Guide Edition. . . . Most highly recommended."--Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist

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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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By Tracey on 21 Nov 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the book I was looking for. It has all that I need to pick out the birds I see on my safaris. It's not to heavy and will be travelling Kenya many times.
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The book worked for me on my trip to Kenya. I was able to identify all the birds which were seen. Great book.
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Great book, with really good illustrations, maps and descriptions. My only negative comment is I would have liked the text and illustrations closer together like the Collins Bird Guides so you do not have to refer to two places in the book. The maps are also a little on the small side. That aside a good buy and better than the rest of the books I checked out. 4 and half but not quite a 5
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