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Newman's Birds of Southern Africa Paperback – September, 2002
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the bible if birding South Africa, it is the standard upon which all other SA birding books are based on.Published on February 4, 2014 by salmo_clarki
No better book about Southern African birds, they'll all in this book, you can practically hear their calls! Great value!Published on September 2, 2013 by Suma
It is a great book for anyone planning to go birding in South Africa. I was traveling withy a friend who hadf a copy and I wanted one for my owm library.Published on August 1, 2010 by Esther Rousso
Excellent book with very good graphics and organization. Just what is needed to confirm your observations or identify your sightings.Published on November 21, 2007 by W. Morris
Have not actually been to southern Africa yet, but plan to do so next summer. I have been an avid birder for 3 decades, and it looks like the format of this book will be very... Read morePublished on November 11, 2007 by Marilyn D. Duerst