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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Struik Publishers; New Ed edition (1 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770073817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770073814
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 1 x 18.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This title focuses on the essentials of bird identification in East Africa by presenting those species that are most likely to be seen in accessible habitats throughout the region. The text for each species highlights the diagnostic feature or combination of features that will enable the birdwatcher to most easily identify the bird. For those species that are sexually dimorphic, have both breeding and non-breeding plumage, or in which the juvenile plumage differs markedly from that of the adult, more than one photograph has been included. Thumbnail silhouettes aid the reader in quickly locating the correct group of birds, and for each species account a map shows the bird's distribution.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura Wallingtonhayes on 5 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
As the author himself says in his preface, how do you pick a sixth of the beautiful & varied birds of this amazing region? He has done a pretty good job with a wide choice illustrated by , in the majority, his own photograghs aided by clear distribution maps. A very helpful pocket book to keep on you whether on safari or just wandering around public parks and gardens.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By doggo on 23 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for a holiday on the NE coast of Kenya, and wanted something I could carry every day, even when the purpose of the day's outing was not birdwatching. I found the book's coverage - number of species - too restricted for the locations I visited. I saw many birds which I could identify only by family, and I don't often need a book to do that. That said, I did find it very portable and when the species was included, easy to use to identify what I was seeing. Given the number of species in the whole of East Africa, some compromise is inevitable.
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We recently travelled to Uganda and did some very casual bird spotting (Kampala, Fort Portal-area) and some slightly more serious bird watching (Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Queen Elizabeth NP---Mweya peninsula and Maramagambo forest). For the first, its good. Very compact (pocketable), well laid out, good photos (above and below where useful e.g. soaring birds of prey), geographical extent per page. For the latter, it is inadequate: very common birds e.g. black-headed gonolek at Mweya simply aren't included and the detail is terse. (We never took the book, but instead compared our notes with it when we got back and bought Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi (Helm Field Guides) which is much heavier and bulkier but excellent if you know something about the general families you are trying to ID.) The foreword is honest about both the poorer coverage of Uganda and the limited species contained within.

Only if you have a casual interest, or want a photographic guide, and are not doing detailed travelling (esp. in U.), or have very limited space, will I'd recommend it but it is handy for these purposes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cooper on 16 Oct. 2009
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Took this book on a recent trip to Kenya. The convenient size allowed me to have it in a pocket. I have come to prefer photos to drawings.
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