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Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi Hardcover – October 1, 2001


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  • Series: T & AD Poyser
  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science; 1 edition (October 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856610798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856610790
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,809,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stevenson and Fanshaw's new volume is the fourth guidebook to enter this market and is by far the best. The illustrations are clear, distinct and beautifully illustrated; distribution maps are located alongside each illustration, as is a short and succinct description, so no faffing about between illustration and text. The volume's hard cover makes it an excellent companion on tough birding safaris. I could not recommend this volume more warmly."
--Kim Gehab, an Amazon.co.uk Customer (November 2001)
"For birders with an interest in the region and those planning a trip, look no further. With the publication of this guide we have distilled into one book all the good elements of what has gone before but better...a super-easy guide to utilize. ...The plates are the book's tour de force and are simply outstanding. ...this is by far the best and most exciting guide available for anywhere in Africa..."
--Ken Arber in SURFBIRDS.COM (November 2001)
"The illustrations in this guide are of a very high standard and show the detail needed for field identification whilst remaining of an artistic quality that makes the book an attractive object as well as a useful one. ...The brief descriptions are excellent and the language fresh and punchy... a very fine field-guide indeed and sets a new standard for regional African guides."
--FATBIRDER.COM (2001)
"As soon as you open the book, you'll realise that the standard of artwork is exceptional. The text is also of an unusually high standard. ...If you are planning a trip to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda or Burundi this is now unquestionably the most valuable book you can buy. And if you aren't yet planning a trip there this is the perfect book to get you dreaming."
--BIRDGUIDES.COM (2001)

About the Author

Terry Stevenson, Field Guides Tour Company, Nakuru, Kenya
John Fanshawe, BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

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The first edition of this book was published in 2002.
BirdGrrrl
This book really sets a very high standard and we can only hope other parts of the world's tropics will get similar guides in due time.
Robert K. Furrer
At Last a concise well illustrated easy to manage field guide for bird watchers travelling to East Africa.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By John D. Gerhart on December 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
After years of having one of the world's worst bird books, East Africa now has two of the best. The Zimmerman/Turner book on Kenya and Northern Tanzania, the work of 30 years, set a new standard of scholarship and illustration. This book draws on that one, but is even better for the tourist and field birder. It covers all of Uganda and Tanzania, as well as Rwanda and Burundi. It is smaller and lighter to carry. And the illustrations and their placement in related groups on the same page are simply outstanding. This is one of the best bird books in the world and will dominate the market for years to come.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By James L. Spingarn on November 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I think I have all the guides to the birds of East Africa in the last 30 years, but this most recent by Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe is certainly the most comprehensive, artistically excellent and usable. Ber van Perlo's Collins Illustrated Checklist "Birds of Eastern Africa" is smaller and lighterweight but no comparison, nor intended to be, in description or plate detail. This new volume, with a 2002(!) publication date has amongst the best plates and abbreviated descriptions, in my opinion, ever published in a comparable volume on birds. Artists John Gale and Brian Small are fabulous (Norman Arlott lacks their skills, but does his subjects justice as well). It is a exceedingly worthwhile complement to Dale Zimmerman's larger format "Birds of Kenya and northern Tanzania" and includes all of Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi as well. Don't miss this book!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J.J. Bouwman on March 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I used this field guide during my recent trip to Kenya and Uganda. Although it is by all means an excellent fieldguide I do have some remarks. A number of the plates contained errors, suggesting the artists didn't see these birds in the field. I realise it is virtually impossible for artists to see all species featured in a book such as this in the field, so that a lot of plates are drawn from skins. It is important however to use skins from the region itself, this may make a lot of difference. We came to the conclusion that for a number of species skins from west Africa were used. Especially the greenbuls had some misleading plates. For a number of species the Kenyan Zimmerman-book is probably better, although those plates lack in other respects.
In addition a number of the maps were incorrect, especially for Uganda.
Still, if you go to the region for birding, make sure to get this book, because it is definitely the best field guide around.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brent Beach on November 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
This guide has the best illustrations of the 20+ bird guides I own. If any book can make the problem of learning and distinguishing the roughly 1400 species in the region - Uganda, Kenya, Tanganika, Rwanda, Burundi - possible, this book is the one. A little heavy for the field, but contains only the essential material: species accounts and range maps on the left page, illustrations on the right. Even after some study I will still have to refer to the guide to identify which of the 38 species of Cisticola I am looking at, but with this guide the chances are very good.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rei Raz on January 16, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
everywhere you go in east africa you see birds. if you like them- you better be prepared for the trip! i got the guide a month before, and tried to get as familiar as possible with the birds before arriving to tanzania.

when we went on safari our guide pulled out his worn and faded zimmerman- the descriptions on one part, the illustrations on another and the distribution maps at the end. when i pulled my guide and gave him a try- he was very attached to his zimmerman but had to admit that the stevenson is indeed a worthy companion, with all the info about a species is on the same page...

compared to my european guide it is heavy and big- but the european contains only about 750 spp, while this one has more than 1200!

the illustrations are bright and clear.

i used it during my 30 day trip to tanzania and got more than 200 positive identifications, so i must go again to get the rest...

recommended!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert K. Furrer on January 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book really sets a very high standard and we can only hope other parts of the world's tropics will get similar guides in due time. The plates are just about as superb as one could possibly wish for. When you compare this book with the new field guides that have recently come out for South America, it seems like there are two worlds! Just compare the flamingos, the osprey, or the parrots with the pictures you find in "The Field Guide to the Birds of Peru" and you know what I mean! There is also an excellent lay-out, with helpful concise text and useful range maps all neatly placed together. And the book is still amazingly compact.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BirdGrrrl on May 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
As another reviewer mentioned, there's a problem with the editions Amazon is selling. The first edition of this book was published in 2002. As of 5/5/2010 the ISBN number on this page is for the 2006 edition, although I was sent the 2002 edition. Hopefully after my bringing it to their attention they will correct the error (if you look in the information about the publication it says it was published in 2002, so if that's changed they will likely have corrected the problem).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Reese on December 24, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I used this guide on a birding trip to Uganda. This is an excellent guide. When you order the guide though be sure to order the soft back edition rather than the hard back if you are going to use it as a field guide. The hard back weighs more and if you happen to drop it the back is liable to rip off. If you do order the hard back be sure to reinforce the binding with shipping tape. Unlike some guides this one has a well though out index. The common names are indexed separately from the scientific names. The family name are in bold so they stand out and the font is a large size for we old time birders who have a difficult time reading small print. In the back is a map of the area with all the important bird sites noted and listed. Certain of the drawings are not accurate, the Mountain Greenbul being a prime example. The description says the underparts are yellow and they are in Uganda, but the drawing is not. The descriptions and range maps are opposite the drawings of the birds. This is the 2nd copy of this guide I have owned. I gave the first copy to my Uganda driver when he asked if I would sell it to him. Folks in Uganda have a difficult time getting birding equipment. If you do go there, take a couple of extra laser pointers, and an extra birding guide with you if you have room. They make great gratuity items if you do not wish to sell them instead. Also an extra pair of inexpensive binoculars.
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