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Birds of Southern Africa: Fourth edition (Princeton Field Guides) Paperback – November 13, 2011
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"Throughout this fourth edition there are many additions and updates, including additional artwork. Each of the authors is a well-known ornithologist and writer, while the two artists are clearly talented and experienced with the birdlife. A great book has been made even better for this fourth edition of Birds of Southern Africa."--Charles Leck, American Reference Books Annual
"Any natural history enthusiast or birder traveling to the region will want this field guide, and many an armchair traveler will appreciate it as well."--Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist
"Birders can quickly become overwhelmed at the scope of avifauna in southern Africa, but Birds of Southern Africa: Fourth Edition is an easy-to-use and convenient field guide for the region. With multiple colorful illustrations for many species, seasonality bars and useful text details, this field guide is the ideal choice for birders traveling from South Africa to southern Mozambique to Namibia and all bird-rich points in between."--Melissa Mayntz, About.com Birding/Wild Birds
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It may just be a printing error with my personal copy, but the plates seem too garish and over-coloured, as if someone has turned up the saturation a few notches too far. Call me fussy but they also have a somewhat unlikeable scaly, scratched effect. I would question wether the very "Robertsy" inclusion of afrikaans names (and sonograms in places) is really necessary. (If so why not include all the main languages of the region?).
The overall arrangement has been improved (no separate pages for in-flight illustrations, they all appear in one place within their species). There is also a helpful seasonality bar for each bird. So despite the relatively minor flaws I have listed, it is still the best and most useful field guide to the region.
The 213 color plates are good to very good. Most are not too cramped but a few more could show multiple plumages where needed but in many cases both female and male are shown. Some of the additional confusing species like some of the nightjars, cisticolas and larks have sonograms with them now as well which is useful is you can read them, a short guide on how to read a sonogram might have helped. The range maps are in color with their resident, migration and winter ranges and two-tone for common and uncommon. There is also a status bar for breeding months and peak breeding times. The text is a little on the small size but does include good ID information as well as hints about voice and status and biology. Each group of birds also gets a little blurb about each which covers behavioral traits for each group.
Overall a good guide for use in the field. Not heavy and seemingly durable and should pack well on a day in the bush but that is subjective as I’ve seen a few people complain about the weight but it seems fine to me.
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I plan to read it and make notes before I leave for my African Safari, but it will be a good reference guide for my photos when I return home. Read morePublished 8 days ago by mpmbirdie
We collect the birding guides for the destinations to which we travel. These guides are superb, and will give you the data you need to enjoy the birding where you're going.Published 12 months ago by Michael G Knox
Wonderful guide, great help in identifying birds from southern African web-cams.Published 13 months ago by c'est ma
Great book with lots of information along with great pictures.Published 14 months ago by William Sugg
Top notch field guide. Very good introductory information on habitats, abundance, local resources. Species accounts have great maps with clear color coding, info on abundance,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bob Davis