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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd (4 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713666927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713666922
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We have waited some considerable time for a modern and usable
field guide to West African birds. Nik Borrow and Ron Demey clearly have
extensive field experience over many years in the region. Their knowledge
and expertise shines through in this excellent field guide to one of the
world's most exciting birding regions, and both are to be congratulated for
completing the task admirably." -- Bull ABC, January 2007

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The artist and author are both experienced birders who have spent a great deal of time birding in various western African countries. They previously worked together on Birds of Western Africa (Helm).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James on 31 Jan. 2011
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This is an excellent book, very easy to use and a pleasure to own. Its most obvious benefits are the clear illustrations which I have used repeatedly to identify birds quite new to me. Each page of pictures is placed immediately adjacent to an equally simple distribution map, a layout which has repeatedly got me out of trouble and allowed me to differentiate between similar birds with different ranges. At the front there is a nicely written section explaining how the guide works and helping with identification. I am not a bird watcher, but I live in Nigeria and spend a lot of time in the garden with camera, binoculars and the book. Very strongly recommended by me, the amateur, and equally so by my semi-professional mentor.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By V. Gilbert on 17 Feb. 2010
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On a recent visit to the Gambia our Gambian guides enthused about this book - apparently the colours are very true to life, better than any other book. We had a trainee guide with us, and I actually gave him my book as he needed to do more study before he was fully 'fledged', and had hinted that this was the book he would really like! He was obviously very thrilled. I had to order another copy to replace mine, as I wouldn't be without it for future trips.
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Great plates, comprehensive and fairly compact. Range maps aren't always on the same page as the plates, but they're always within a page or two away. Plates are the same as those from Birds of Western Africa (Helm) with some reworked and improved.
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The illustrations are really excellent compared to some of the other guides I've seen, the coverage is very comprehensive, lots of helpful detail in the diagnostic texts - perfect companion to the region.
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amazing field guide purchased for work offshore Western Africa, really clear descriptions and excellent colour plates worth every penny would not travel to Western Africa without it.
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