Roberts Bird Guide Paperback – 26 Oct 2007
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"The Roberts Guide" comprises some 185 individual plates, all annotated to highlight key identifying characters and all accompanied by field texts drawn from the most up-to-date information known about the birds of Southern Africa. In addition to the texts, each species account will have a colour map showing distribution and relative abundance. Also included will be breeding bars below the maps which indicate the prime breeding times for relevant species. "The Roberts Guide" will enjoy a considerable price advantage over the other field guides on the market. Another distinctive feature will be the plasticized cover (silkscreened in full colour) to give all-weather durability.
Top Customer Reviews
What is immediately apparent is the sheer attractiveness of the Roberts guide compared to the other two. The drawings are of a very high standard with annotations pointing out diagnostic features. The descriptions on the facing page are detailed and give useful information on status - ie how common and widespread it is and if not a resident the months during which it might be seen. Differences between similar species are commented on and full descriptions are given for male and female adult, and immature. Adjacent distribution maps use three colours, green for resident, blue for non-breeding migrant and orange for breeding migrant. A breeding bar below indicates peak and full breeding months.
At the back of the book are indices in Scientific, English, Afrikaans, French, German, Portugeuse, many African tribal languages etc!! Perhaps more interesting for many people will be a section that is ordered by Plate number explaining the derivation of the scientific name eg genus Campethera (woodpecker) meaning caterpillar hunter. The checklist at the back doubles up as a common name index, slightly irritating as the order is a little confusing eg Reed Warbler is under 'R' whereas other Warblers are under 'W'.
I had been lent a 1997 edition of Sasol and was intending to take both, but what with other guides and reading material I was becoming to look like a travelling library. I therefore only took Roberts using it repeatedly during the trip and finding it informative and easy to use.Read more ›