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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive but heavy, 9 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi (Helm Field Guides) (Paperback)
I bought this book for a safari holiday in Tanzania. At first I wasn't sure I had made the right choice. There were a daunting number of species included, and it was a bit big and heavy. I couldn't fit it into a jacket/waistcoat pocket like my usual European guides. But as the holiday developed it became a friend - something to flick through as you sat back after a drive, as well an occasional reference during the drive. Anyway since most of the time we were in a vehicle, the weight didn't matter that much. It had exactly the right balance of detail, and its comprehensiveness was a real asset. The identification notes are brief but very to the point and helpful. One of our drivers - and the keenest on bird identification - used a copy as his main reference..and the book became a resource for our whole group (well those interested in the birds!).

Apart from the size (too many species from rainforest, etc, cluttering things up), I had only minor niggles. Sometimes names don't match other usage (it has no "masked weaver" mentioned anywhere, though this bird turns up on bird lists - I think this is an alternative to "lesser masked weaver" in the book). Maps sometimes give too broad a distribution, (eg marking all of Tanzania red, when clearly this could not be the case because of habitat restrictions). Overall very pleased with the purchase.
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Initial post: 11 Feb 2011 18:20:44 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Feb 2011 18:21:01 GMT
"too many species from rainforest, etc, cluttering things up"

You are actually criticising a field guide for bird identification for being complete and including all species in the covered area? What a bizarre comment!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2011 22:10:26 GMT
M. Green says:
I think many readers will be like me, wanting a book to take with them on a safari trip in the Eastern part of the zone. This comment reflects one problem they might have if they choose this book. I don't think my review suggested that the book was not comprehensive within its nominal objective. But it might still be the wrong book for some people exactly because its scope is too broad. People may not be aware just how many species are unique to the west of the zone.
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