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Birds of Southern Africa: Fourth Edition (Princeton Field Guides) [Paperback]

Ian Sinclair , Phil Hockey , Warwick Tarboton , Peter Ryan

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13 Nov 2011 Princeton Field Guides

Birds of Southern Africa continues to be the best and most authoritative guide to the bird species of this remarkable region. This fully revised edition covers all birds found in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and southern Mozambique. The 213 dazzling color plates depict more than 950 species and are accompanied by more than 950 color maps and detailed facing text.

This edition includes new identification information on behavior and habitat, updated taxonomy, additional artwork, improved raptor and wader plates with flight images for each species, up-to-date distribution maps reflecting resident and migrant species, and calendar bars indicating occurrence throughout the year and breeding months.

  • Fully updated and revised
  • 213 color plates featuring more than 950 species
  • 950+ color maps and over 380 new improved illustrations
  • Up-to-date distribution maps show the relative abundance of a species in the region and indicate resident or migrant status
  • New identification information on behavior and habitat
  • Taxonomy includes relevant species lumps and splits
  • Raptor and wader plates with flight images for each species
  • Calendar bars indicate occurrence throughout the year and breeding months.

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"The relatively small size of the book coupled with the beautiful and accurate plates make this field guide an ideal companion for any level of bird watching in southern Africa."--Nate Fronk, Words about Birds

"Throughout this fourth edition there are many additions and updates, including additional artwork. Each of the authors is a well-known ornithologist and writer, while the two artists are clearly talented and experienced with the birdlife. A great book has been made even better for this fourth edition of Birds of Southern Africa."--Charles Leck, American Reference Books Annual

"Any natural history enthusiast or birder traveling to the region will want this field guide, and many an armchair traveler will appreciate it as well."--Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist

"Birders can quickly become overwhelmed at the scope of avifauna in southern Africa, but Birds of Southern Africa: Fourth Edition is an easy-to-use and convenient field guide for the region. With multiple colorful illustrations for many species, seasonality bars and useful text details, this field guide is the ideal choice for birders traveling from South Africa to southern Mozambique to Namibia and all bird-rich points in between."--Melissa Mayntz, About.com Birding/Wild Birds

About the Author

Ian Sinclair has traveled widely to view the world's birds and is the author of many books on bird identification. Phil Hockey is director of the University of Cape Town's Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. Warwick Tarboton is a well-known bird expert, writer, and photographer, and the author of several books. Peter Ryan is associate professor at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, and president of BirdLife South Africa. He has also authored several books.

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars A slight improvement on the previous edition. 21 Mar 2012
By Ferro - Published on Amazon.com
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A slight improvement on the previous edition in terms of maps (which are now colour-coded) and new species (with updated taxonomy). The illustrations are actually produced at a touch larger scale, which is nice, however the pages have begun to look a bit crowded.
It may just be a printing error with my personal copy, but the plates seem too garish and over-coloured, as if someone has turned up the saturation a few notches too far. Call me fussy but they also have a somewhat unlikeable scaly, scratched effect. I would question wether the very "Robertsy" inclusion of afrikaans names (and sonograms in places) is really necessary. (If so why not include all the main languages of the region?).
The overall arrangement has been improved (no separate pages for in-flight illustrations, they all appear in one place within their species). There is also a helpful seasonality bar for each bird. So despite the relatively minor flaws I have listed, it is still the best and most useful field guide to the region.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Birding Book for carrying with you to S.A. 6 Aug 2013
By Clarence E. Forsythe - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has full color plates of nearly every resident and migratory bird found in S.A. Plates are in full color and show juvenile and morph colors so that you can make clean decisions on what that bird "really is." Descriptions show known ranges, migratory occupation areas and timeframes, and even the rare sightings and unusual or unexpected locations where each species has been seen. However, it is the good organization and outstanding color plates showing profile, head feature, upper and lower wing features, and leggings that will keep you paging through this book on your trip. It is the right size to stuff in your day gear or car without getting in the way, so it is easy to keep handy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 14 Jun 2013
By M.J. - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the plates in this field guide, they are truly stunning. It hasn't let me down yet! It also isn't too bulky so carrying it in the field is extremely convenient.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review 13 May 2013
By Jerry Theis - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the book, simply stated. It came quickly in the mail, and it arrived in perfect shape. The pictures are detailed and the text thorough. It is the perfect size to take in the field. I highly recommend this book.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous 4 Oct 2013
By Birdseed - Published on Amazon.com
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The Birds of Southern Africa is a beautiful book with exquisite paintings of each bird, male and female, along with a smaller representations of in-flight. The birds are grouped by genus and physical similarities. On the opposing page is a small map of southern Africa (Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa with Lesotho and Swaziland) with the range of the bird represented by seasonal colors. There is also a quick thumbnail description of the bird, voice, and habitat. At the top of each thumbnail is a calendar bar indicating migration and egg laying periods. This really seems like a smart way to present information in a field guide. The book will be a bit heavy (~ 2lbs/1kg) for lugging along on our excursions but, heck, maybe I'll leave lunch behind. It looks that wonderful. And penguins! I'll try to leave an update after I return from my trip.
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