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Birds of Eastern Africa (Illustrated Checklist) (Collins Illustrated Checklist)
Birds of Eastern Africa (Illustrated Checklist) (Collins Illustrated Checklist)
by Ber van Perlo
Edition: Paperback

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very adequate, considering its size.Carried it everywhere., 13 April 2002
I visited Ethiopia for two months and covered a lot of ground on foot. The size of the guide made it possible to take everywhere when weight was at a premium. The book was designed to be compact for this, i think , so in many respects was lacking in information such as views of birds in flight, and eclipse plumages of whydahs and widowbirds. Some information on calls was missing for some Ethiopian endemics but I assume that this was due to them not being known to the author. Some pictures were also misleading such as in the eye colour of abbysinian slaty flycatcher ,which is pale, and the honeyguides are difficult also. But overall made it possible for a novice african birder to enjoy the trip immensely. I still look at the book to see what I missed and plan a return trip.
Because of the extra concise nature of this book, i would recommend that its use is supplemented by the larger 'Birds of east Africa' which, in the case of Ethiopia, contains more information on most of the birds found here but would be very difficult to carry when trekking. The book still enabled identification of over 300 species in 2 months of travelling, and is essential to a birder to this country of incredible diversity such as 12 nightjars, 20 starlings, as many doves , 6 endemic serins and 6 hornbills to name but a few!


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