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A Field Guide to the Birds of West Africa [Hardcover]

William Searle , Gerard J. Morel , Wolfgang Hartwig
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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1st Edition edition (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002192047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002192040
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 812,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A complete bird guide for Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, the Gambia and the whole West African region from the Atlantic to Chad and the Central African Republic in the east, and northwards from the Congo River to the Sahara at 18ºN - 20ºN - the border between the Ethiopian and Palaearctic faunal regions. Over 500 species are illustrated and fully described, with notes on identifying characters, measurements, details of voice, distribution, habitat, nests and eggs. A further 200 allied species are dealt with more briefly and the 371 local or uncommon species are included in the Checklist on pages 263-94. The illustrations by Wolfgang Hartwig were painted specially for this book and are arranged on the Peterson pattern with facing caption pages. A special feature is the list on pages 295-336 which gives the scientific and English, Spanish, French and German vernacular names. And there are indexes to scientific names - by family, genus and species - and to English names.

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1.0 out of 5 stars not happy 4 Dec 2011
I bought this book for my husband as we are going to The Gambia next February. We already have the equivalent one for East Africa as we went to Kenya.
I was very disappointed when it arrived. The picture illustrating the book was not on the front of my book. I got an old green book with no dust jacket!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only book to get 19 Sep 2013
By FarTraveler - Published on Amazon.com
I used this book--in both the English and French versions for over seven years while I lived in Ghana and Niger. With practice--and any bird book requires becoming accustomed to how it organizes the birds--I could find anything I could see, including, in a few cases, the varients that were not pictured. Unfortunately, I never saw a nightjar--it's just too well camoflaged, even when I saw exactly where it flew...

For full disclosure, I used this primarily from 1989 to 1997, and there might be better books on the market, but I feel no need to change.

As I understand, the book was orginally published in German, and has been translated into several languages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars bird book 27 Nov 2012
By Helen Keller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
purchased for a trip to west Africa and was used on hikes, was a little outdated since I bought a used older book but worked well
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