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Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania Hardcover – July 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Princeton Field Guides
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Field Guide edition (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691010218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691010212
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.6 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,361,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"More than just the definitive guide to East African Birds, this is a beautiful book--a 'must have' especially if you contemplate a journey to see these birds in the feather."--Audubon Naturalist News

"This book provides us with plates that not only address the most difficult identification problems but also delight us as works of art."--Birding

"This is one of the premier birding destinations on the planet, and this guide is indispensable for anyone birding the region. . . . [A]nyone going on a wildlife or birding safari in East Africa should have this beautifully illustrated and meticulously researched Field Guide Edition. . . . Most highly recommended."--Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist

About the Author

Dale A. Zimmerman is Professor Emeritus of Biology, Western New Mexico University. He has visited Kenya annually since 1961. Donald A. Turner has lived in Kenya since 1959 and, since 1977, has served as Secretary of the Ornithological Sub-Committee of the East African Natural History Society. David J. Pearson taught at Nairobi University from 1970 to 1990 and was Chairman of the Ornithological Sub-Committee of the East African Natural History Society during the same period.

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A book to make others jealous by.
J. Denys Bourque
You will find yourself regularly flipping through the pages of this book.
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Great guide to the huge variety of birds on the Safari circuit.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I live and work in East Africa, and this is the book the park rangers all carry in their open Land Rovers. They cover it with canvas so it won't get beat up too fast, and it gets marked with brown circles from the thermos of coffee on the 06:30 game drive. Go to Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya for a long weekend with this book, and you'll come home with 150 species. Don't worry about the weight of the book, I started with the Collins field guide and had to buy my copy of Zimmerman in the middle of my first stay because I outgrew it. Buy Zimmerman to start with, you won't regret it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
A sign of environmental health and richness of biodiversity is the number of birds that a given area supports. Kenya then qualifies as a rich ecosystem with over 1,000 different species of birds.
This book was not around when I was a youngster living in Kenya but thumbing through it as an adult has brought back some fond memories of days out in the bush in Amboseli and Masai Mara or at lakes Nakura, Naivasha, and Victoria. Kenya is a birders paradise whatever your interest. There are fairly familiar Eurasian visiting seabirds and shorebirds and unique and beautiful East African sunbirds, weavers, rollers and bee-eaters. There are multitude birds of prey including the unmistakable tiny-tailed Bateleur Eagle and the most impressive hunting bird i've ever seen - the African Crowned Eagle. I can recall like it was yesterday watching one pluck a male colobus monkey right out of the tree tops. All of the birds are here in splendid color with the most appropriate profile presented to assist in making identification easy. You'll find the underside views of the birds of prey very useful.
While you probably won't see a Crowned Eagle on a casual birding visit to Kenya, any guided trip into the game parks will guarantee you at least 100 different species - probably in a single day! In the right locations, prepare to have your head on a swivel as the variety of birdlife you will behold has to be seen to be believed. You will find yourself regularly flipping through the pages of this book. This book is absolutely essential for your Kenyan trip.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Used by the most knowledgeable safari guides as well as avid birding tourists, this book is large; nonetheless, a copy should be in every safari vehicle harboring serious birders. The more compulsive 'counter' will want his (or her) own copy to mark up. This is a great big-brother companion to Dave Richards' small, inexpensive Photographic Guide to the Birds of East Africa; the latter book should suffice for the less serious birder (and fits in a shirt pocket). Each book is superior to the Audubon Guide to African Wildlife - if interest is limited to East Africa.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By vlawrence5 VINE VOICE on November 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
The greatest field guide advance in my nearly 20 years of organizing East African safaris, this book is to birders what Amazon.com is to shoppers. If illustrations are the backbone of a field guide, this is the "vertebral" archetype. It features better illustrations of more species than do any of its rivals. Although this and its major competitor, "Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi", are somewhat hefty volumes, take both on safari as the latter is better organized with key descriptions and range maps appearing opposite its illustrations. To effectively use "Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania," you must turn to the back half of the book to find range maps as well as much of its key diagnostic text. Keeping your fingers wedged in two different parts of the book while focusing binoculars on a bird in the field requires great concentration and dexterity. I use both books, but consider the Zimmerman team's illustrations unparalleled.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The size and format of this book make it rather unwieldy as a field guide. The text and drawings are, however, comprehensive and beautiful. Immensely helpful and a joy to peruse anywhere.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is actively used by residents of Tanzania who are professional safari guides. The depictions of birds in color and silhouette are accurate and aid the newcomer in speedy identification, which is often necessary for those bird species which have not adapted to the presence of diesel motor cars. I recommend purchase and study before travelling, and as it is a weighty volume, taking up considerable space, prepare to leave that "extra" something at home.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Denys Bourque on July 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I simply had to acquire this one when I saw it in a bookshop in Nairobi. I had another field guide, but wasn't happy with it. Great illustrations. It is now my faviourite souvenir from Kenya. Its only fault is its weight, but I carry it in a shoulder bag. The book also has usefulness outside the target zone: Several birds seen in Cameron are illustrated in it. I always like to compare illustrations and was glad to have it with me when in Yaounde. A book to make others jealous by. You can set it on the coffe table as a conversation piece or to get the children interested without coaxing them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Richmond on December 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have both the big version and this version. Without doubt you need both. One for back at camp reading and the Field Version for, well, the Field. This is quite packable and the layout makes field Identification pretty easy.
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