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Sasol Birds of Southern Africa [Paperback]

Ian Sinclair , Phil Hockey , Warwick Tarboton
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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1 Sep 2002
This field guide to the birds of Southern Africa incorporates many features to allow the reader to quickly and easily identify birds and find information about them. Each species account provides the bird's common name in English and Afrikaans, its scientific name, its Roberts number and its length. To help identify species, information is provided on plumage of the male, female and immature bird, typical behaviour, voice, habitat and nests and food. To make the information more accessible, entries are colour coded, reduced bird images make finding bird groups easier and a list of bird families in alphabetical order with their page references appears inside the front cover for quick reference. Recent discoveries and reclassifications are included and the text and maps have been updated.
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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Struik Publishers; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1868727211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1868727216
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful, intuitive 10 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback
Found this really useful in the Kruger park. Quick to get to the pages you want, good images. Have used both Roberts and Newmans in the past and they are both great guides but I found this easier
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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When you turn up a guide's house in Zimbabwe and find a book in his expedition packing list you know it's worth carrying with you. A very well laid out and easy to use field guide with reliable colour plates and distribution charts of the species described next to the colour plate, so no flicking back through the book to find the SBJ you think you're looking at lives in a different part of Africa. The plates also include descriptions of behaviour and habitat that are missing from Colins Illustrated Check List to further aid identification.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well used in Botswana 19 May 2008
Format:Paperback
I think the illustrations are well ahead of "Newman" and I found it easy to use. It is so important to have the distribution maps on the same page as the plates.

There are so many changes to names and locations that I think it is beneficial to have more than one guide to hand. Our party also had the "Collins" and, between the two we could resolve more than we could with one book. I still cannot do Cisticolas/Warblers though!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE bird book to take to South Africa 23 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
I am a keen UK bird watcher but this was my first visit to South Africa. I wanted to bird watch as I travelled about. This book has excellent colour illustrations which are ideal to identify what you have seen. From the moment you get off the plane every bird you see is a new one. In the Kruger park the guide had the same book. No better recommendation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best guide for the region 2 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
Newly updated, this is the best guide for the region in my view. I also have the Newman and Collins guides to this patch, but this one leaves them standing. The pictures are excellent, and the text and maps are on the facing page just as you would want. There's a pictorial index and several different text indices too to find the one you need quickly. In the field, it's a joy to use and the helpful little summaries of habitat and habit are informative without overload. One of our guides was using the previous edition of this book, and we both agreed that this revision makes some excellent improvements. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably good bird guide for South Africa 1 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We are going To SA at Christmas and I needed a decent birdbook to ID species. Pictures are excellent which is a good start. Map range with each bird,is very good, I like the lay out description on 1 side of the page pictures on the other, each picture cleary marked. Good description and referencing with index in back, Due to the number of birds in South Africa the book is kept to a neat size for a pocket guide. It then lacks a bit of descriptive text about the birds.
Overall a good little book for the price and to carry around with you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SA book 27 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is a really useful field guide and could even do well as a coffee table reference book.The illustrations, maps and general information are first rate, and the casual observer and dedicated birder are equally well served by the detail. The inclusion of the Latin, agreed, and Africaans names for the birds is helpful, and overall it is a good investment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I have purchased this field guide prior to a trip to South Africa and only use in the field will determine how good it really is for fast reference. I have used many guides on different continents and this is the first one I have used that actually "pencils" around the various illustrations of plumage. My first reaction was oh! what's all this BUT it works a treat and my eyes are immediately drawn to all the examples for fast recognition and I now wonder why other field guides have not done it before, it really is very practical. The illustrations also look good and the main distinguishing marks are clearly indicated. Distribution maps are opposite the illustrations along with the text which seems very user friendly. The only slightly negative comment I have is the lack of names attached to the illustrations, you have to look at the number on the facing page to identify the bird name. But this may be a space problem in view of the books success in condensing so many birds into a very usable guide.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all ok
Published 2 months ago by Johs Edvardsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, must have for Southern Africa
Every time there is a new edition I buy it! During my two previous visits to South Africa and a visit to Malawi I have used this book extensively and have found it to be excellent... Read more
Published 2 months ago by VAUGHAN ASHBY - BIRDFINDERS
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boog to Have
An excellent book for Birders in Southern Africa. The Third Edition has both the old names and the new names which was useful. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roger
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A must if you are birding in South Africa. Used daily when I was out there and would have missed lots without it.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. M. R. Singleton
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book, but as yet I havenot explored it's full potential.
As I stated it is a good book and I have seen the benefits of owning it from others who have it on their tablets but as yet I have still to use the kinle book.
Published 7 months ago by mr F K Gerrard
4.0 out of 5 stars Sasol Birds of Southern Africa
The Book Sasol Birds of Southern Africa is a very comprehensive reference book on the birds of South Africa. Well worth buying
Published 9 months ago by Janet Hardy
4.0 out of 5 stars Sasol birds of Southern Africa
I have an old copy of this book already and I purchased it purely because the species names of birds in Africa are being standardised. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. G. Gamble
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version of one of the best paperback versions
I own issue 3 in paper version and it is excellent. Trying to reduce weight for my next trip to SA, I thought it might be a good idea to get the Kindle. How wrong could I be! Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. Nielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant ID guide!
Bought for a Uni trip to South Africa, this book helped me to identify 74 species! It's not the lightest book and is pretty thick so not a good pocket guide but covers so much more... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Charlotte Emma Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive
I've bought a number of bird books for different parts of the world and this is certainly up with the best. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Chris
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