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Birds of Southern Africa (Collins Field Guide) [Paperback]

Ber van Perlo
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5 Jan 2009 Collins Field Guide

Southern Africa is becoming an increasingly popular destination for people who want to see first-hand the abundant widlife of this vast continent.

‘Birds of Southern Africa’ is the only field guide to illustrate and describe all species commonly found in South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Angola (including Cabinda).

Featuring over 1,250 species, the text details the kind of habitat the birds are found in, key identification features and notes on the songs and calls of each species.

The 84 colour plates appear opposite their relevant text for quick and easy reference. Distribution maps are also included for each species.

Comprehensive and easy-to-use, this book is a must for all those visiting the region.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (5 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007285140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007285143
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ber van Perlo has written and illustrated numerous books, including the highly successful Birds of Southern Africa. He studied garden and landscape architecture at the Agricultural University of Wageningen in the Netherlands before working as a geographer and physical planner with the National Forestry Service of the Netherlands. During a holiday in Kenya in 1982 he discovered that no field guide existed which depicted all bird species of the area. He began to produce field guides for various regions of Africa, eventually extending to the Indian Subcontinent and Middle and Southern America.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment 16 May 2010
Format:Paperback
I purchased this book because it was the most up to date one available, however upon receipt I realised that I had made an awful mistake, this book tries to cover too much ground in too little space.
The plates depict too many species and in some instances the colours are very garish!!, the descriptions are very limited, and the distribution maps are a waste of time at the back of the book, in my view it is essential that they are with the description and plates of the bird.
Fortunately I have been lent the Sasol guide to the Birds of Southern Africa which is streets better and therefore I don't have to go through the pain of buying another book.
Collins I'm really suprised at this book when you consider your European Guides.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical field guide 9 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
I ordered this book after some on-line searching in preparation for a business trip to South Africa, luckily with some time to do a bit of birdwatching. My key requirements were that it should be up to date, complete and not too heavy. I'm happy to say that this book met all those requirements. A very practical size, and therefore easy to take along. A huge number of birds is covered, also for other Southern African countries.

On the downside, the colours were sometimes a bit off, and not always are both perched and flying images included. Maps are to the back, which is not ideal, but easy enough to get used to.

I was very happy with this book, and will gladly take it along again, if I get another chance to visit a Southern African country!
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5.0 out of 5 stars South African Birds 13 Jun 2014
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I think this book is colourful, informative and easy to use. I would recommend it to anyone going to South Africa.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This was my first birdwatching trip to South Africa, so I used this field guide as a novice in the country.

I liked the layout of the plates. It is easy to compare similar birds and the location maps at the back are very handy. Several times I thought I had identified a bird, only to find that its normal location was several hundred miles away.

I would have liked more information about the behaviour and nesting habits of the birds to aid ID.

This edition of the book is fairly new and I don't know how it compares with other field guides. I would recommend it to other novices in South Africa
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