15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
An excellent synopsis of birds to be seen and their areas,
This review is from: Birds of Eastern Africa (Illustrated Checklist) (Collins Illustrated Checklist) (Paperback)
I took this book with me for a two week family holiday in Kenya where I visited Tsavo game parks, coastal regions and also went on a bush walk near Mombasa. As a beginner to African birds I found the illustrations and brief descriptions very helpful and in some cases it was superior to the larger reference books that I had studied before I went. It is light and compact for carrying in a map pocket or similar and the paper and binding has stood up well to the sweat and constant thumbing through. Although some names of birds may be unfamiliar to seasoned birders the general layout and classifications fit an established pattern and the index of Latin names helped with other identifications. Some juvenile plumages are shown and the call descriptions are very good. My only problem was that some birds are shown bigger than others when in reality they are smaller. Not an easy thing to sort out when bouncing in the back of a safari bus.