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Birds of Senegal and The Gambia (Helm Field Guides) Paperback – March 1, 2012

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About the Author

Nik Borrow is a freelance artist and bird tour leader. He is the sole illustrator and co-author of Birds of Western Africa and its spin-off title, Birds of Ghana, both in the Helm Field Guides series. Ron Demey is a freelance ornithologist who wrote the text for both Birds of Western Africa and Birds of Ghana.

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Product Details

  • Series: Helm Field Guides
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Christopher Helm (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408134691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408134696
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Senegal and the Gambia are often visited together and with a wealth of West African birds this is a welcome addition to the field guides produced by these authors. This is a condensed version of the Birds of Western Africa with many of the same plates and artwork but just for this region. The size is also more portable than the larger Birds of Western Africa and will be easier to transport around in the field.

The guide begins with a traditional contents page followed by a nice map of the countries concerned with park locations, geographic features, roads, town and rivers. There is also a small inset map showing the countries place in West Africa. The how to use this book section covers the text and maps and plates. Pages on climate and habitat follow with a map of important bird areas of both countries. Taxonomy, organizations, bird topography, a glossary and abbreviations follow.

The main body of the book is of course the plates. Nik Borrow's excellent work is depicted in large, bright images, many of which are much larger than in previous guides. Plumages for male, female and juveniles are shown where relevant. Many species are also shown in flight like shorebirds, skuas, gulls, terns, raptors, nightjars and swifts. The artwork seems slightly brighter and crisper than in previous guides too. The plates are faced by the text which includes a multicolored map showing distribution in the area. Each species section begins with some notes on the species themselves before each individual species is covered. Descriptions of plumage and id characters are described with the main features to look out for in bold text.
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Bought this for my daughter, who is serving in the Peace Corp in The Gambia. She is seeing beautiful birds and wanted a means to identify them. This guide is well illustrated with good descriptions. A handsome book.
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very good illustrations/ range maps/ descriptions (incl vocals and some habitat & behavior)/ family index in back and French names of all species
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