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Ethiopian (Etc) Bird Guide,
This review is from: Birds of The Horn of Africa - Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Socotra (Paperback)
The birds of this region have been rather neglected in the guides that concentrate, inevitably, on the popular tourist areas of East Africa. However, bird tourism to Ethiopia, in particular, has increased considerably in the last couple of decades. It seems, and is, a long time since the bulky two-volume Mackworth-Praed & Grant was the essential reference here.
This is a very impressive field guide, with excellent, large, new, and abundant illustrations. There is a wealth of views of raptors in flight, for instance. I was impressed with the layout of sunbirds, always a confusing group in the field, which are broken down into plates of similar-looking species. The value of the larger size of these illustrations (compared with the existing guides) and their depiction of numerous variants (male and female, obviously, but non-breeding and other variants too) is very evident. The region is blessed with a number of endemics, and these, the main attraction of this region for many naturalists, are well signalled, and highlighted in an appendix table.
It is unfortunate that Somalia and Eritrea still suffer from the political insecurity that inhibits any sort of tourism, and hindered its development in Ethiopia, espeially the north, for so long. It is to be hoped that this guide will encourage interest in their faunas, over time, and lead to similar tourist developments.