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Southern African Birds: A Photographic Guide Hardcover – 1 Sep 1995

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Struik Publishers (1 Sept. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1868257851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1868257850
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 23.5 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,092,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This field guide contains excellent photographs to aid identification. Altogether a very useful little book that is easy to carry around for immediate identification in the field. It was easy to use. We saw many of the species illustrated, as well as some that weren't.
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Took this book to Zimbabwe and it was missing a lot of birds. Nice illustrations of the one it did have though!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9798a6f0) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9799a75c) out of 5 stars Excellent large book for library use. 16 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The photographs in this book are excellent. All the birds are in good light with plumage variations evident. Where needed, colored drawings supplement the photos. A map of the distribution is on the facing page, and the text describes habitat, behavior, and plumage characteristics of the species. Size is given in centimeters.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x979f7bac) out of 5 stars Large guide with excellent photos 27 Jun. 2008
By Jack Holloway - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Basics: 1995, 1st edition; hardcover; 304 pages, 142 plates containing 1,000+ color photos; additional 262 color paintings show identification points; 700+ species; range map for each bird; US$50-200

Two Cautionary Notes
1. There are two books with the same title by the same author and by the same publisher. The similarities end there. This confusion has caused some online booksellers to list the tiny 144-page book (normally US$15) at the US$100+ price of this larger book. So, be careful of what you are purchasing. This review covers the large 11 x 9-inch hardcover book (ISBN 1868257851) and not the small, totally dissimilar paperback.

2. Amazon automatically but incorrectly applies this review to the incorrect, but same-named book that is only 144 pages, which is the book mentioned above in caution note #1.

This is a very attractive book with its high quality photographs. Nearly all photos are up close, sharp, and printed in good color. These photos are the highlight of the book. Of the 900+ species found in southern Africa, over 700 are illustrated here. Each plate contains 5-9 photos. Only a small percentage of the birds are represented by more than one photo. Those that have two photos are typically species with notable sexual dimorphism.

On most of the text pages, there are 1-2 small color paintings in the margin. These are used to point out detail relevant to age, sex, season, or similar species. The illustrations are good quality.

The one-paragraph text on the adjacent page offers the typical physical description of the bird along with a very brief outline of its habitat and vocalizations. The 3 x 3cm range maps found next to the text are adequate for showing where the bird may be found. Only one color is used in the range map; thus, no seasonal information can be inferred.

My only negative comment is the minor difficulty in matching the photo on the right page to the species name and map on the left page. To match them, you must look at the little numbered box diagram that corresponds with the photo layout. The number in each little box is then used to compare against a numbered list of names. This method is not unique and can be found in several other photo format books; however, it is still cumbersome.

I've listed several related books below...
1) Complete Book of Southern African Birds by Ginn/McIlleron/Milstein
2) Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa by Arlott
3) Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa by Sinclair
4) Roberts Bird Guide: A Comprehensive Field Guide Southern Africa by Chittenden
5) Newman's Birds of Southern Africa by Newman
6) Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa by Sinclair/Hockey/Tarboton
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x979f81ec) out of 5 stars Large guide with excellent photos 27 Jun. 2008
By Jack Holloway - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Basics: 1995, 1st edition; hardcover; 304 pages, 142 plates containing 1,000+ color photos; additional 262 color paintings show identification points; 700+ species; range map for each bird; US$50-200

Two Cautionary Notes
1. There are two books with the same title by the same author and by the same publisher. The similarities end there. This confusion has caused some online booksellers to list the tiny 144-page book (normally US$15) at the US$100+ price of this larger book. So, be careful of what you are purchasing. This review covers the large 11 x 9-inch hardcover book (ISBN 1868257851) and not the small, totally dissimilar paperback.

2. Amazon automatically but incorrectly applies this review to the incorrect, but same-named book that is only 144 pages, which is the book mentioned above in caution note #1.

This is a very attractive book with its high quality photographs. Nearly all photos are up close, sharp, and printed in good color. These photos are the highlight of the book. Of the 900+ species found in southern Africa, over 700 are illustrated here. Each plate contains 5-9 photos. Only a small percentage of the birds are represented by more than one photo. Those that have two photos are typically species with notable sexual dimorphism.

On most of the text pages, there are 1-2 small color paintings in the margin. These are used to point out detail relevant to age, sex, season, or similar species. The illustrations are good quality.

The one-paragraph text on the adjacent page offers the typical physical description of the bird along with a very brief outline of its habitat and vocalizations. The 3 x 3cm range maps found next to the text are adequate for showing where the bird may be found. Only one color is used in the range map; thus, no seasonal information can be inferred.

My only negative comment is the minor difficulty in matching the photo on the right page to the species name and map on the left page. To match them, you must look at the little numbered box diagram that corresponds with the photo layout. The number in each little box is then used to compare against a numbered list of names. This method is not unique and can be found in several other photo format books; however, it is still cumbersome.

I've listed several related books below...
1) Complete Book of Southern African Birds by Ginn/McIlleron/Milstein
2) Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa by Arlott
3) Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa by Sinclair
4) Roberts Bird Guide: A Comprehensive Field Guide Southern Africa by Chittenden
5) Newman's Birds of Southern Africa by Newman
6) Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa by Sinclair/Hockey/Tarboton
HASH(0x979f85ac) out of 5 stars very helpful. 18 Sept. 2013
By Bet10 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Had many bird photos aftter trip to Africa and used this guide to identify most of them. Pictures are very clear and make
identifying easy.
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