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Newman's Birds of Southern Africa Paperback – September, 2002


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Classic field guide features hundreds of large color plates, a comprehensive checklist -- and revised information on habitats and distribution. -- Longitude Books

About the Author

KENNETH NEWMAN (1924 –2006), renowned bird painter and ornithologist, contributed significantly to the growing interest in, and awareness of, birds in southern Africa. His numerous books have a million copies worldwide. He served as president of the South African Ornithological Society and of BirdLife South Africa, and was a recipient of the SAOS Gill Memorial Award and the Zoological Society's Stevenson-Hamilton Award.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Struik Publishers; 8th edition (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1868727351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1868727353
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book not only enables the amateur to identify birds from common to "lesser spotted" but shares interesting info too. More habitual birders will agree that this is truly the "birding bible". No one can argue with Ken Newman.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
Now in a fully revised eighth edition, Newman's Birds Of Southern Africa is a field guide to over 900 species of Southern African birds illustrated throughout with realistic full-color artwork. Each species has an entry with a map indicating their distribution, their common and scientific name, a brief paragraph with a basic physical description and notes on distinguishing characteristics, and a gorgeous, realistic color illustration. A revised introduction teaches the reader step-by-step how to use the guide to quickly identify avian species, and a glossary, index and birdwatching checklist round out this first-class resource. A treat for bird lovers due to the top-quality artistry alone, as well as being a quintessential identification guide, Newman's Birds Of Southern Africa is enthusiastically recommended for amateur birdwatchers and professional biologists alike.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Adams on December 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've been using this guide in Southern Africa for the last 6 years, and it's never let me down. Great book for those traveling to the region, but keep in mind that most guides at the wildlife parks will already have a copy, so you could save the weight and space in your luggage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Writerly on December 3, 2010
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We were recently in Zambia visiting relatives who live there and had the amazing opportunity to go on safari at Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa. Our guide was a consummate professional, fluent in all the English, Latin and African names for the animals and birds, but even he kept a copy of this guide in his console. The birds were brilliantly colored and so varied, and we had fun thumbing through his very worn copy to learn more. As a hospitality gift, we ordered this for my sister. When it arrived, I was very pleased, as the revised format makes it even easier to locate a bird by its attributes. This guide is a really great choice for the serious birder as well as for anyone with even a remote interest heading to Southern Africa, as you will no doubt be mesmerized by the avian diversity there.
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This book has MANY different birds, over 900, I believe. I was able to identify all the birds I saw while in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

As far as bird guides go, I'd say it's average quality. The illustrations are not excellent (and there's no photographs), but good enough. I wasn't overly impressed with the amount of info for each bird, but it was adequate.

If you're an avid birder, you'd probably need something with newer (and more thorough) information, as there are new findings every couple years and this edition was last revised in 2000. For the average person on holiday, I think it would be just fine.

I think this book's strong suit is the number of species it covers, not it's quality of information, the illustration plates or visual presentation. I'd consider it to be a good additional book to have on South African birds, but not the only one I'd want to own.
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Great reference book for a beginning birder. This book was recently purchased for an upcoming African safari. It will be a huge help in identifying birds we will be seeing. I like the succinct descriptions of the birds. It is well written and organized and will be easy to use. The illustrations are good and will help identify the exact bird we are seeing.
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By KCGrammie on April 29, 2009
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I watch daily game drives that are live from South Africa. ([...]) I need the bird book to help with bird IDs, and it's a wonderful resource. If anyone should have the good fortune of traveling to South Africa, this book is an absolute must as a traveling companion for safaris and birding trips!
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