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Newman's Birds of Southern Africa (Collins Pocket Guide) [Paperback]

Kenneth Newman
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10 Sep 1992 Collins Pocket Guide
This field guide to birds includes all recorded birds from the Antarctic to the Zambezi covering South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Mozambique. 900 species are illustrated and described, with diagnostic features described in the text.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Revised edition edition (10 Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002199505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002199506
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 12.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 620,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Newmans Birds of South Africa 24 July 2011
By Doris C
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A super brilliant book i would recomend this book to anybody who loves birds and birding in Soth Africa. thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 1 July 2014
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Lovely book with clear pictures of the birds and excellent maps of where to find them, will come in very handy on our trip to Botswana.
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Hello fellow birders.

This is another great book by Newman, I have the shorter version in paperback Newman's Birds of Southern Africawhich is with me in the field on all my birding trips in South Africa and in particular in the Phalaborwa area of South Africa.

This expanded version is a hardback and is used as my clean copy at home in South Africa. There is much more info in the expanded version with a total of 511 pages. The colour and black and white plates are beautifuly illustrated and bird types are easily found by using the small colour tabs to the bottom corners of the page-this enables quick identification whilst on the move, and with constant use you start to assocaite bird type with the colour code enabling you to open the book within a couple of pages of the species you are trying to identify.

There is of course a complete index of the English names and the Afrikaans names to assist you in finding any species where you might not be sure of its "type" that maybe you are asked about by a guest, friend or fellow birder. The illustrations (by Kenneth Newman himself) are as usual, stunning, anyone with passion enough to paint over 400 species of birds know his stuff! There is a section on recent rare vargrants and migrants, info on habitat types, bird topography and the book covers pretty much all of Southern Africa including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique.

There is also an Afrikaans version of this book if you would prefer that version to the English.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most comprehensive birding guide available. 16 Nov 1998
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This book not only enables the amateur to identify birds from common to "lesser spotted" but shares interesting info too. More habitual birders will agree that this is truly the "birding bible". No one can argue with Ken Newman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treat for bird lovers due to the top-quality artistry alone 26 May 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Now in a fully revised eighth edition, Newman's Birds Of Southern Africa is a field guide to over 900 species of Southern African birds illustrated throughout with realistic full-color artwork. Each species has an entry with a map indicating their distribution, their common and scientific name, a brief paragraph with a basic physical description and notes on distinguishing characteristics, and a gorgeous, realistic color illustration. A revised introduction teaches the reader step-by-step how to use the guide to quickly identify avian species, and a glossary, index and birdwatching checklist round out this first-class resource. A treat for bird lovers due to the top-quality artistry alone, as well as being a quintessential identification guide, Newman's Birds Of Southern Africa is enthusiastically recommended for amateur birdwatchers and professional biologists alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive. 26 Dec 2007
By R. Adams - Published on
I've been using this guide in Southern Africa for the last 6 years, and it's never let me down. Great book for those traveling to the region, but keep in mind that most guides at the wildlife parks will already have a copy, so you could save the weight and space in your luggage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate source for birders on safari 3 Dec 2010
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We were recently in Zambia visiting relatives who live there and had the amazing opportunity to go on safari at Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa. Our guide was a consummate professional, fluent in all the English, Latin and African names for the animals and birds, but even he kept a copy of this guide in his console. The birds were brilliantly colored and so varied, and we had fun thumbing through his very worn copy to learn more. As a hospitality gift, we ordered this for my sister. When it arrived, I was very pleased, as the revised format makes it even easier to locate a bird by its attributes. This guide is a really great choice for the serious birder as well as for anyone with even a remote interest heading to Southern Africa, as you will no doubt be mesmerized by the avian diversity there.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent field guide for southern Africa 12 Nov 2007
By Marilyn D. Duerst - Published on
Have not actually been to southern Africa yet, but plan to do so next summer. I have been an avid birder for 3 decades, and it looks like the format of this book will be very useful for my trip.
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