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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (2 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691159106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691159102
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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""Birds of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area" by Adam Scott Kennedy may be the best birding book available covering the general safari region for northwestern Tanzania and southern Kenya. Filled with firsthand accounts, excellent photographs, and broken down into chapters by habitats, "Birds of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area" is the guidebook for the broader non-scientific community."--Gabriel Thoumi, "MongaBay.com"

"The bird you see in the field is often exactly what you find in the book, and equally clear is its habitat, such as a thorny acacia branch or a forest floor littered with dead leaves. Kennedy also avoids using intimidating jargon to describe bird species, opting instead to keep the tone of his descriptions light hearted while still being informative. . . . The overwhelming majority of photographs are of exceptionally high quality."--Derek Kverno, Birding in Tanzania

"Essential book if you are heading for the Serengeti. . . . Excellent."--Derek Moore, Derek Bird Brain

"Birds of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area by Adam Scott Kennedy may be the best birding book available covering the general safari region for northwestern Tanzania and southern Kenya. Filled with firsthand accounts, excellent photographs, and broken down into chapters by habitats, Birds of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the guidebook for the broader non-scientific community."--Gabriel Thoumi, MongaBay.com

"The amateur birder will find this a helpful book to have in hand while in Tanzania."--Library Journal

"[A] great companion to existing field guides to the region, so certainly earns its place in my bag."--Martin Sullivan, BTO News

"[A]n attractive and handy layout, and informative and accessible text that discusses interesting behaviors and provides insights into species background. Rich in detail, this indispensable volume uses a habitat-based approach, making it simple for everyone--from the novice to the experienced birdwatcher--to locate diverse birds in this fascinating area of the world."--BASE

"I'd like to praise the overall visual effect of the Birds of the Serengeti. The overwhelming majority of photographs are of exceptionally high quality, undoubtedly shot with the finest equipment, but also indicative of a high level of skill."--Birding Tanzania Blog

"These two guides are keys to prepare you for your journey, whether it is an actual safari or an imaginary one from the comfort of your home."--Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist

"This field guide is 'aimed at all levels of birding ability' and it is definitely suitable for novice birders and for those on a safari primarily for mammals and larger wildlife. The . . . quality of the photographs and text would make it a fine addition to field naturalist's library with an interest in East Africa."--Robert F. Foster, Canadian Field Naturalist

"The result of this innovative approach is superb. It guides the layman on where to look for birds and what to look for. I wish there was such a field guide for every Important Bird Area (IBA) in East Africa!"--Fleur Ng'weno, Scopus

"Superb layout . . . Both books have a thoroughly modern feel about them, thanks to the wizards of the WILDGuides production team . . . Those for whom these books are really intended will find their visits to these bird-rich regions hugely enhanced."--Martin Kelsey, IBIS, Journal of the British Ornithologists' Union

"The friendly text is supported by a superb layout: hundreds of excellent photographs with great use of background tones means that colour leaps out of each page, yet the blocks of text are masterfully visible and easy to read."--Martin Kelsey, IBIS

-The bird you see in the field is often exactly what you find in the book, and equally clear is its habitat, such as a thorny acacia branch or a forest floor littered with dead leaves. Kennedy also avoids using intimidating jargon to describe bird species, opting instead to keep the tone of his descriptions light hearted while still being informative. . . . The overwhelming majority of photographs are of exceptionally high quality.---Derek Kverno, Birding in Tanzania

-Essential book if you are heading for the Serengeti. . . . Excellent.---Derek Moore, Derek Bird Brain

-Birds of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area by Adam Scott Kennedy may be the best birding book available covering the general safari region for northwestern Tanzania and southern Kenya. Filled with firsthand accounts, excellent photographs, and broken down into chapters by habitats, Birds of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area is the guidebook for the broader non-scientific community.---Gabriel Thoumi, MongaBay.com

-The amateur birder will find this a helpful book to have in hand while in Tanzania.---Library Journal

-[A] great companion to existing field guides to the region, so certainly earns its place in my bag.---Martin Sullivan, BTO News

-[A]n attractive and handy layout, and informative and accessible text that discusses interesting behaviors and provides insights into species background. Rich in detail, this indispensable volume uses a habitat-based approach, making it simple for everyone--from the novice to the experienced birdwatcher--to locate diverse birds in this fascinating area of the world.---BASE

-I'd like to praise the overall visual effect of the Birds of the Serengeti. The overwhelming majority of photographs are of exceptionally high quality, undoubtedly shot with the finest equipment, but also indicative of a high level of skill.---Birding Tanzania Blog

-These two guides are keys to prepare you for your journey, whether it is an actual safari or an imaginary one from the comfort of your home.---Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist

-This field guide is 'aimed at all levels of birding ability' and it is definitely suitable for novice birders and for those on a safari primarily for mammals and larger wildlife. The . . . quality of the photographs and text would make it a fine addition to field naturalist's library with an interest in East Africa.---Robert F. Foster, Canadian Field Naturalist

-The result of this innovative approach is superb. It guides the layman on where to look for birds and what to look for. I wish there was such a field guide for every Important Bird Area (IBA) in East Africa!---Fleur Ng'weno, Scopus

-Superb layout . . . Both books have a thoroughly modern feel about them, thanks to the wizards of the WILDGuides production team . . . Those for whom these books are really intended will find their visits to these bird-rich regions hugely enhanced.---Martin Kelsey, IBIS, Journal of the British Ornithologists' Union

-The friendly text is supported by a superb layout: hundreds of excellent photographs with great use of background tones means that colour leaps out of each page, yet the blocks of text are masterfully visible and easy to read.---Martin Kelsey, IBIS

About the Author

Adam Scott Kennedy has served as principal leader on birding holidays in Africa, South America, Europe, and New Zealand. With his wife, Vicki, he currently operates as a private safari guide, specializing in photographic and wildlife safaris in East Africa. Information on their tours and stock image library can be found at www.rawnaturephoto.com. He is the author of Birds of the Masai Mara (Princeton WILDGuides).


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Excellent guide for Tanzania. Quick and easy. Not comprehensive, but that's not what I was looking for. It's a great quick reference guide and then if required look up a more detailed reference guide.
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I'm looking forward to taking this excellent guidebook to Tanzania later this year. Unlike so many other field reference books, it is very user friendly to enthusiasts who are not familiar with scientific jargon and symbols. I like the use of photographs rather than illustrations because you get an overall, 'in situ' image that is instantly relatable with the bird in front of you.

The book is logically laid out and, as well as being ordered by type (raptors, storks & ibises, sunbirds, etc.), birds are also catagorised according to habitat (plains, marsh & water, woodland, acacia scrub, forest & crater highland, etc) - a helpful device for safari goers travelling through the diverse landscapes of the Tanzanian northern circuit.

Adam Scott Kennedy's writing is clear, accessible and communicates his infectious passion for birds. I like the inclusion of extra little titbits of interesting information relating to some of the birds - for example, the Secretarybird (featured on the cover) is not so-called because its head feathers resemble quill pens, as we all thought, but derived from the arabic 'saqr-et-tair' meaning hunter-bird.

Thoroughly recommended.
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This is the latest pocket photo guide in the new series of Wildlife Explorer Guides from Princeton. It covers the area that includes theSerengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Lake Victoria's Speke Gulf – all of them in northern Tanzania.

The Serengeti is Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park and is a World Heritage Site. In particular it is famous for the annual migration in August of many thousands of Blue Wildebeest as they move in serarch of fresh grazing. It covers an area of 5,700 square miles and is about 200 miles from Arusha, stretching north to Kenya and bordering Lake Victoria to the west. It is a great place for birding at any time, but in order to see the largest variety, a trip in October-January is best because you can see many of the European species that travel there for the winter.
The park has four lodges, six luxury tented camps and camp sites.

The guide is ideal for those with a general wildlife interest rather than hard-core birders, as many species have been left out – it covers just 270 of the 500 plus species that occur in the area. A brief text of up to 100 words per species gives general information on habits and identification tips. The book is divided into seven main habitat types, plus night birds and those found particularly at Lake Victoria. Using very effective photo montages the species grouped together in very life-like situations.

Hard choices have to be made if you are going to exclude half of the birds found in an area, and personally I would have kept a number that did not make the final cut – for example Dark Chanting Goshawk, Northern Red-billed Hornbill, White-headed Barbet, Horus Swift, African Rock Martin, Singing Bush Lark, Flappet Lark and Red-billed Quelea.
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Informative book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent investment for anyone who has visited the region 19 April 2016
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Very helpful book for anyone who has visited Tanzania. May be helpful for experienced birders who are planning a visit. It is helping me a lot as I edit my many pictures from our photo safari. I do wish there were even more pictures. In many cases there are pictures of different types of birds in flight within a type, but no picture of the bird not in flight. It would be helpful to see those birds both in flight and not in flight. This is the book that our tour director used and other guides recommended it too as one of the best. It has been an excellent investment for me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Our guide coveted this book 14 Mar. 2015
By Robert M Lundgren - Published on Amazon.com
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This was an exteremely helpful book during our recent safari in Tanzania. The selection of bird photos is excellent. Unlike a lot of guides the photos actually look like the real birds. Our guide saw the book on our first safari day and coveted it. He had a much more comprehensive book of birds, but often found it too detailed for easy use in the field, despite being a birder himself. Needless to say we gave him the book at the end of our trip and bought another when we go home.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous photos and all the information you need for identification. 1 Sept. 2015
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This is a fantastic reference book for those of us who love birds. The photos are the best I've seen. Just back from the Serengeti and found this book spot on. A true "birder" might want a more detailed and inclusive reference while in the field, but for the average bird lover this book is perfect. However, a true "birder" will want this for their library.
5.0 out of 5 stars It included 95% of the birds we saw and was very easy to use 22 Feb. 2017
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Just finished the trip we bought this book for. It included 95% of the birds we saw and was very easy to use. This is not the book for experienced birders, but for amateurs like us it provided lots of fun and was just what we needed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would buy again. 13 Sept. 2015
By Kerrpe - Published on Amazon.com
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No guide will have every animal / bird in it of course, but we marked off more than 3/4 of this book in 12 days (saw about 100 that weren't in the book!). Great photos, good info to help with ID. Index is handy. Book well organized.
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