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Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa Hardcover – July 24, 1995

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (July 24, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691044694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691044699
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,200,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The 200 colored plates are superb and carefully give attention to the natural variations of plumages with age, sex, and seasons. It is certainly the most comprehensive set of illustrations of South African birds in one volume."--Choice

"Approximately 900 species--roughly 10% percent of the world's avifauna--with 133 being endemic or nearly so . . . This guide is a major contribution to Southern African ornithology and birding. It is essential for everyone interested in Southern African birdlife. Most highly recommended."--Wildlife Activist

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"Presents a comprehensive set of illustrations unmatched not only for the region covered but for any part of Africa."--Dale A. Zimmerman, Western New Mexico University

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tony Dixon on January 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid birder and own all the recognised field guides to birding in the Southern African region. I have used them all extensively and am convinced that the Illustrated Guide To the Birds Of Southern Africa stands head and shoulders above its rivals. I say this for the following reasons:-The combined knowledge of its authors cannot be matched as these are the Guru's of birding in the region with Ian Sinclair undoubtedly the most travelled,most experienced and most knowledgable expert of the lot.His co-authors not being far behind!The quality and accuracy of the distribution maps are, I believe, where the field guide steals a march over other similar guides.The quality of the illustrations which show all the major plumage variations as well as flight patterns makes this an invaluable guide to experienced and novice birders alike.There is currently simply no better book on the market than this one.
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