Birds of Africa South of the Sahara provides unrivaled coverage of African birds in a single volume, and is the only book to describe and illustrate all of the birds found in Africa south of the Sahara Desert (the Afrotropic Region), including Socotra, Pemba and islands in the Gulf of Guinea. Despite its exceptional coverage, this guide is compact enough to use in the field, and follows the standard field guide format, with texts and range maps appearing opposite the color plates. Comprehensively revised to reflect changes in taxonomy. Illustrations show most distinctive plumages, diagnostic flight patterns and major geographic variants.
This new edition of Birds of Africa south of the Sahara contains some 500 new images and 400 updated maps, along with fully revised text, capturing the latest information available. It provides unrivalled coverage of African birds in a single volume, and is the only book to describe and illustrate all the birds found in Africa south of the Sahara Desert (the Afrotropic region), including Socotra, Pemba and islands in the Gulf of Guinea.
- Some 2,129 species are covered, with an additional 101 vagrants briefly described, and more than 3,000 images assembled on 363 plates.
- Annotated illustrations portray most distinctive plumages, as well as diagnostic flight patterns and major geographic variants.
- Species descriptions give precise identification features, highlighting differences between similar species, as well as briefly reporting habitat, status and calls.
- Distribution maps for each species are based on the latest atlas surveys
Coverage: The northern parts of Chad, Mauritania, Niger, Sudan, and Mali, as well as all of: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mbabane (administrative) , Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
About The Authors:
IAN SINCLAIR is renowned in African birding circles for his field knowledge and expertise in identifying the region's many bird species. His vast experience has been gained in expeditions to every corner of Africa, as well as to the Himalayas, Antarctica and Marion Island. He has authored or co-authored several successful bird books, including the hugely successful Field Guide to Birds of SA and the equally successful Birds of Southern Africa.
Dr. PETER RYAN is an associate professor at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town, a partner of 'Birding Africa' and a keen birder who has led numerous birding tours in southern Africa. A long-standing member of the SA Rarities Committee, his research interests include the evolutionary ecology of birds and island conservation. He is co-editor of the current revision of Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa.
Working with these two authors were Patrice Christy, Central Africa's top birder, who has researched birds in the Congo Basin for 20 years and Professor Phil Hockey, Director of the University of Cape Town's Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology.