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Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa Hardcover – 13 Aug 1995

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  • Hardcover: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (13 Aug. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691044694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691044699
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 15.8 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,991,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The 200 colored plates are superb and carefully give attention to the natural variations of plumages with age, sex, and seasons. It is certainly the most comprehensive set of illustrations of South African birds in one volume."--Choice

"Approximately 900 species--roughly 10% percent of the world's avifauna--with 133 being endemic or nearly so . . . This guide is a major contribution to Southern African ornithology and birding. It is essential for everyone interested in Southern African birdlife. Most highly recommended."--Wildlife Activist

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"Presents a comprehensive set of illustrations unmatched not only for the region covered but for any part of Africa."--Dale A. Zimmerman, Western New Mexico University

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David J. Kelly VINE VOICE on 1 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
I have visited southern Africa four times, the last time I used this book. It is better than Newmans as the illustrations are sharper and more realsitic with identification pointers for those difficult species. The species texts are brief and seem to have been lifted from Sincliar's photographic guide. The book is good for an African field guide but falls well short of the standrds set by Mullareney et al's Bird Guide.
The taxonomy is a little out of date now, although the paperbaxk Third edition is more up to date but it is still going to show you most of the species you will see on a visit south of the Zambezi.
I have a real affection for this book and it will always have a place on my bookshelf. When I revisit the region covered, however, I will use a more up to date edition.
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Best Field Guide To Birds Of Southern Africa 3 Jan. 2001
By Tony Dixon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid birder and own all the recognised field guides to birding in the Southern African region. I have used them all extensively and am convinced that the Illustrated Guide To the Birds Of Southern Africa stands head and shoulders above its rivals. I say this for the following reasons:-The combined knowledge of its authors cannot be matched as these are the Guru's of birding in the region with Ian Sinclair undoubtedly the most travelled,most experienced and most knowledgable expert of the lot.His co-authors not being far behind!The quality and accuracy of the distribution maps are, I believe, where the field guide steals a march over other similar guides.The quality of the illustrations which show all the major plumage variations as well as flight patterns makes this an invaluable guide to experienced and novice birders alike.There is currently simply no better book on the market than this one.
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