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Basics; 2009, 142pp, softcover; 133 good color photos of 95 (60%) of Sao Tome & Principe's 155+ birds, 1-4 photos per bird; 15 color photos of habitat; focus is on the resident breeders, all endemics, and some migrants; single paragraph for each bird discusses habitat, nesting, diet, abundance, behavior, taxonomy/genetics; little to no descriptions or identification material presented; written in Portuguese and English
This first photo guide to these islands off the west-central coast of Africa provides some good color photographs of all the islands' endemic species plus several endemic subspecies. In all, 133 good color photos show 95 (60%) of the country's 155+ birds. Besides the endemics, resident breeders are included along with some migrant shorebirds and terns or vagrant herons.
It's nice to see every endemic species shown with a good photo; sometimes with 2-4 photographs. In all, 28 endemic species are included in this book. This higher count of endemics (compared to 21-25 by other sources) takes advantage of recent genetic work that has not been fully completed or published. A couple examples are the splitting of the sunbird and the thrush to be a full, endemic species on each island of Sao Tome and on Principe. A nice touch to the book is the inclusion of endemic subspecies. Depending on future research, these birds could also prove to be valid species.
Nearly all the photographs are of good quality, color, and focus. Improvements would simply consist of more angles of the bird, less obstruction by foliage, or making the individuals larger in the photo. The photos are certainly good enough to help identify the birds seen on the islands.Read more ›
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