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Newman's Birds of Southern Africa (Collins Pocket Guide) Paperback – 10 Sep 1992


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; Revised edition edition (10 Sept. 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 (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,774,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bwana Foster-Phalaborwa, South Africa. on 4 Feb. 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doris C on 24 July 2011
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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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By Mrs C Silvester on 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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By C. K. Mclaughlin on 31 Mar. 2015
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It was invaluable for my month in SA
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
The most comprehensive birding guide available. 16 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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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A treat for bird lovers due to the top-quality artistry alone 26 May 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive. 26 Dec. 2007
By R. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ultimate source for birders on safari 3 Dec. 2010
By Writerly - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
Lots of birds, but not lots of quality 26 Mar. 2013
By Robin L. Shepard - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has MANY different birds, over 900, I believe. I was able to identify all the birds I saw while in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

As far as bird guides go, I'd say it's average quality. The illustrations are not excellent (and there's no photographs), but good enough. I wasn't overly impressed with the amount of info for each bird, but it was adequate.

If you're an avid birder, you'd probably need something with newer (and more thorough) information, as there are new findings every couple years and this edition was last revised in 2000. For the average person on holiday, I think it would be just fine.

I think this book's strong suit is the number of species it covers, not it's quality of information, the illustration plates or visual presentation. I'd consider it to be a good additional book to have on South African birds, but not the only one I'd want to own.
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