Birds of Eastern Africa

Birds of Eastern Africa

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This is the only pocket guide to all the known birds of eastern Africa, an area nearly half the size of the contiguous United States and including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, and Yemen's Socotra Island. Drawing on almost two decades of visits to the region, Ber van Perlo offers a concise reference whose 96 color plates and accompanying text describe all 1,487 species birders might see, including some of the most colorful anywhere on earth - from ostriches to albatrosses, boobies and cormorants to vultures, lovebirds, parrots, parakeets, cuckoos, kingfishers, bee-eaters, starlings, waxbills, weavers, and many more. Each plate illustrates similar species and subspecies while the facing pages feature precise, pithy entries summing up physical traits, behavior, habitat, and voice. Distribution maps show the range and frequency of each species. This is an indispensable guide for all birders, amateur and professional alike, who have given thought to exploring the ornithological wealth of this part of Africa.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 127 x 191 x 19.05mm | 482g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 501 Maps
  • 0691090335
  • 9780691090337

Table of contents

Introduction 7 Parts of a bird 12 Plate 1 Large walking birds (Ostrich and Secretary Bird) 2 Seabirds (Albatrosses, Prions and Petrels) 3 Seabirds (Petrels and Shearwaters) 4 Smallseabirds(Storm-petrels),TropicbirdsandGrebes 5 Gannet, Boobies and Cormorants 6 Frigatehirds, Pelicans and Darter 7 Egrets, small Herons, Bitterns and Night Herons 8 Large Herons, Storks, Hamerkop and Marabou 9 Ibises, Flamingos and Spoonbills 10 Ducks and Geese 11 Ducks 12 Raptors (Osprey, Cuckoo-hawk, Honey-buzzard, Bat-hawk and Kites) 13 Raptors (Fish-eagle, Vultures, Serpent-eagle and Harrier-hawk) 14 Raptors (Bateleur and Snake-eagles) 15 Raptors (Vultures and Griffons) 16 Raptors (Harriers and Goshawks) 17 Raptors (True Goshawks and Sparrowhawks) 18 Raptors(Buzzards) 19 Raptors (True Eagles) 20 Raptors (True Eagles) 21 Raptors (Eagles and Hawk-eagles) 22 Raptors (Falcons and Kestrels) 23 Raptors (Falcons) 24 Fowl (Francolins and Spurfowl) 25 Rails (Flufftails), Button-quails and Fowl (Partridges, Quails and Guineafowl) 26 Rails (Rails, Crakes, Moorhens and Coots) and Finfoot 27 Walkingbirds(CranesandBustards) 28 Shorebirds (Jacanas, Painted-snipe, Pied Shorebirds and Thicknees) 29 Shorebirds (Egyptian-plover, Coursers, and Pratincoles) 30 Shorebirds (Plovers) 31 Shorebirds (Lapwings) 32 Shorebirds (Stints, Sandpipers and Ruff) 33 Shorebirds (Godwits, Curlews and Snipes) 34 Shorebirds (Red- and Greenshanks, Sandpipers, Tumstone and Phalaropes) 35 Gulls 36 Skuas, (Chlidonias-) Tems, and Skimmer 37 Tems 38 Pigeons and Sandgrouse 39 Green Pigeons and Doves 40 Parrots and Lovebirds 41 Go-away-birds and Turacos 42 Cuckoos and Coucals 43 Owls 44 Nightjars 45 Spinetails and Swifts 46 Swifts 47 Mousebirds and Kingfishers 48 Trogons and Bee-eaters 49 Rollers and (Wood-) Hoopoes 50 Hornbills 51 Tinkerbirds and Barbets 52 Barbets 53 Honeybirdsand Honeyguides 54 Wrynecksand Woodpeckers 55 Woodpeckers 56 Pittas, Broadbills and Larks 57 Larks 58 Swallows 59 Martins, Swallows and Saw-wings 60 Pipits and Longclaws 61 Wagtails andCuckooshrikes 62 Greenbuls and Bulbul 63 Greenbuls, Bulbuls, Brownbuls, Nicator and Hypocolius 64 Thrushes (Wheatears, Morning-thrushes and Chats) 65 Thrushes (Rock-thrushes, Scrub-robins, Black-and Redstarts, Nightingales, Stonechats, Whinchats and other Chats) 66 Thrushes (Alethes, Akalats, Robins, Ant Thrushes and Robin-chats) 67 Thrushes(TrueThrushesandRobin-chats) 68 Warblers (Reed and other brownish warblers) 69 Warblers (Tiny 'Tree' Warblers, Yellow Warblers and Sylvias) 70 Warblers (Cisticolas) 71 Warblers (Cisticolas, Prinias and other warblers) 72 Warblers (Apalises, Grey-capped Warbler, Bush-warblers and Camaropteras) 73 Warblers (Sylviettas, Eremomelas, Parisomas, Longbills and other warblers) 74 Flycatchers (True Flycatchers) 75 Flycatchers (Pallid and Shrike-Flycatchers, Hyliotas, Batises and Wattle-eyes) 76 Monarchs 77 Timalies (Illadopsises, Babblers and Chatterers) 78 Tits, Creeper and White-eyes 79 Sunbirds 80 Sunbirds 81 Sunbirds 82 Shrikes (Bush-shrike, Puffbacks and Tchagras) and Orioles 83 Shrikes (Bush-shrikes and Boubous) 84 Shrikes (True and Long-tailed Shrikes) 85 Shrikes (Helmet-shrikes) and Crows 86 Starlings(Red-wingedand Glossy Starlings) 87 Starlings (including Oxpeckers) and Drongos 88 Sparrows and allies (Petronias, Social and Sparrow-weavers) 89 Weavers 90 Weavers and Malimbes 91 Weavers (Bishops and Widowbirds) and Queleas 92 Finch-likebirds (Waxbills and Paradise Whydahs) 93 Finch-like birds (Waxbills and Indigobirds) 94 Finch-like birds (Waxbills and Whydahs) 95 Finch-like birds (Waxbills) and Buntings 96 Finches Annotated map of eastern Africa followed by a distribution map for each bird 208 Bibliography and list of further reading 285 Indexes of English and scientific names 286
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... this handy volume is certain to become as essential as binoculars. -- David Tomlinson New Scientist The books are compact, convenient guides for birders and scientists interested in identifying birds while visiting the regions. Their small, lightweight sizes make for easy packing and carrying in the back pocket while trudging around the countryside. They are the perfect alternative to the larger guides that are too large for travelling and often have more information than is necessary for field identification. Condor
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About Ber Van Perlo

Ber van Perlo has been traveling and living in Africa, mainly in Kenya, since his retirement from the Dutch National Forest Service in 1981. He has illustrated three bird guides: Megapodes, by Rene Dekker; Rails: A Guide to the Rails, Crakes, Gallinules and Coots of the World, by Barry Taylor; and A Field Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent, by Krys Kazmierczak.
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