=A guide with illustrations or photographs for identification
Birds of Southern Africa continues to be the best and most authoritative guide to the bird species of this remarkable region. This fully revised edition covers all birds found in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and southern Mozambique. The 200 dazzling color plates depict more than 950 species and are accompanied by more than 950 color maps and detailed facing text. This edition includes new identification information on behavior and habitat, updated taxonomy, additional artwork, improved raptor and wader plates with flight images for each species, up-to-date distribution maps reflecting resident and migrant species, and calendar bars indicating occurrence throughout the year and breeding months.
- Fully updated and revised
- 200 color plates featuring more than 950 species
- 950+ color maps and over 380 new improved illustrations
- Up-to-date distribution maps show the relative abundance of a species in the region and indicate resident or migrant status
- New identification information on behavior and habitat
- Taxonomy includes relevant species lumps and splits
- Raptor and wader plates with flight images for each species
- Calendar bars indicate occurrence throughout the year and breeding months.
Our Opinion: This edition has added a few bells and whistles, cramming a lot of information in one spread, yet somehow the design is open, readable, and quite beautiful. Flight images, head, tail, and other detail images are included on the plates when appropriate; Sonagrams are often included in the text, and seasonality calendar bars are included for every species. The plates themselves have only a minor design change: the thick curving line that separated species in previous editions is here replaced by sleek, thin straight lines. And the artwork remains superb, of course.
Color plates opposite text, range maps, reasonably sized.
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Year of Publication: 2011
Page Count: 464
Shipping Weight: 2.50 lb