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Birds of Western and Central Africa (Collins Illustrated Checklist) Paperback – June 5, 2002
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Winner of the 2003 Best Bird Book - Africa, Worldtwitch --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Ber van Perlo is the author and illustrator of the highly successful Illustrated Checklist Birds of Eastern Africa and Illustrated Checklist Birds of Southern Africa.
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Drawings are significantly inferior compared to the other two books. Being a checklist information is extremely limited compared to the other books which are genuine field guides. Only possible advantage is size.
Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of books on birds of this region to choose from. There are many birds here that are not found in the book but at least I am able to categorize the birds into distinguishable species. But the illustrations are beautiful and descriptions are well defining.
For the price, this book is well worth the money if you wish to observe birds in Africa.
In contrast to a previous reviewer, I find the illustrations to be very good and consistent for a small guide. The plates are reasonably well spaced out given the size of the guide and the range maps are easy to read and show boundaries of various countries.
Having used and enjoyed Van Perlo's checklist of Birds of Mexico and Central America, I find this West African guide to be even better- sharper pictures and easier to use layout.