Birds of Southern Africa

Birds of Southern Africa

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"Birds of Southern Africa" fills the blanks most others leave in their coverage of this region by describing all 1,250 bird species one might see not only in South Africa but in Zambia and Malawi (both long neglected elsewhere), Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. And, this is the only guide to illustrate the birds of Angola (including Cabinda), home of the striking White-headed Robin Chat of river basins and the Angolan Cave Chat, a dweller of rocky hillsides. The 84 color plates depict vagrants, ocean wanderers, and many other birds that occur across a huge region characterized by widely varying habitats from woodlands and forests of various types to deserts to swamps. The text opposite the plates concisely describes similar species and subspecies by physical traits, habitat, and voice. All the larks are shown in flight as well as perched, and every swallow is pictured in flight from below. The most distinctive immature and non-breeding plumages are included. This book will be an invaluable resource to any birder contemplating a trip to southern Africa.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 127 x 191 x 19.05mm | 510g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 1 Maps
  • 0691090343
  • 9780691090344
  • 2,768,259

Table of contents

Introduction 7 Parts of a bird 17 The Plates 19 Plates 1 Seabirds (Albatrosses and Giant Petrels) 2 Seabirds (Petrels and Shearwaters) 3 Seabirds (Petrels and Fulmar) 4 Seabirds (Prions and Storm-petrels) 5 Seabirds (Frigatebirds, Gannets and Boobies) 6 Waterbirds (Grebes, Sheathbill and Penguins) 7 Tropicbirds, Cormorants and Darter 8 Flamingos, large Herons, Shoebill and Pelicans 9 Small Herons, Night Herons, Bitterns and Egrets 10 Storks, Ibises and Hamerkop 11 Geese and Ducks 12 Ducks 13 Raptors (Goshawks and Sparrowhawks) 14 Raptors (Harriers, Kites and Gymnogene) 15 Raptors (Cuckoo Hawk and Buzzards) 16 Raptors (Fish Eagle, Osprey, Long-crested Eagle and Hawk Eagles) 17 Raptors (Bateleur, Serpent Eagle and Snake Eagles) 18 Raptors (True Eagles) 19 Raptors (Vultures, Martial Eagle and Crowned Eagle) 20 Raptors (Vultures) 21 Raptors (Bat Hawk and Falcons) 22 Raptors (Falcons and Kestrels) 23 Francolins, Spurfowl and Chukar 24 Rails (Rail, Gallinules, Moorhens, Coot, Crakes) and Guineafowl 25 Rails (Flufftails), Quails, Button-quails and Jacanas 26 Secretary bird, Cranes and Bustards 27 Shorebirds ('Pied' Shorebirds, Godwits, Curlews, Thick-knees and Turnstone) 28 Shorebirds (Plovers) 29 Shorebirds (Sandpipers and Stints) 30 Shorebirds (Lapwings, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Ruff and Golden Plovers) 31 Shorebirds (Tringa-sandpipers, Common Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper and Snipes) 32 Shorebirds (Pratincoles, Coursers and Phalaropes) 33 Skuas and large Gulls 34 Gulls 35 Terns and Skimmer 36 Tems and Noddies 37 Pigeons and Doves 38 Mousebirds, Sandgrouse, Lovebirds, Parrots and Hoopoe 39 Turacos, Go-away Birds, Rollers and Wood Hoopoes 40 Cuckoos 41 Nightjars 42 Owls and Coucals 43 Swifts and Spinetails 44 Bee-eaters and Hornbills 45 Crows and large Hornbills 46 Kingfishers and Trogons 47 Barbers 48 Honeyguides, Honeybirds, Broadbill, Tinkerbirds and Pitta 49 Woodpeckers and Wryneck 50 Larks 51 Larks 52 Swallows 53 Swallows, Saw-wings and Martins 54 Orioles, Babblers and Illadopsises 55 Greenbuls, Brownbuls and Bulbuls 56 Greenbuls, Drongos, Cuckooshrikes and Nicators 57 Thrushes (Wheatears, Chats and Scrub Robins) 58 Thrushes (Chats, Rock Thrushes, Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Robins and Thrush Nightingale) 59 Thrushes (Cave Chat, Akalats, Anteater Chats, Alethes, Ant Thrushes) and Rockjumpers 60 Thrushes and Robin Chats 61 Warblers (Reed and other brownish Warblers) 62 Warblers (Eremomelas, Crombecs, Bleating and other small Warblers) 63 Warblers (Prinias, Yellow Warblers, Hylia, Grass and Moustached Warblers, Rockrunnc and Fairy Flycatcher 64 Warblers (Cisticolas) 65 Warblers (Cisticolas, Apalises and Tailorbirds) 66 Warblers (Longbills, Sylvias) and Monarch Flycatchers (Paradise, Crested and Blue Flycatchers) 67 Flycatchers 68 Hyliotas, Batises, Wattle-eyes and other Flycatchers 69 Sugarbirds, Creeper, Tits, and Sunbirds 70 Sunbirds 71 Sunbirds and White-eyes 72 Bush Shrikes and Tchagras 73 Puffbacks, Helmet Shrikes and Shrikes 74 Starlings 75 Pipits and Oxpeckers 76 Wagtails, Longclaws and Sparrow Larks 77 Sparrows, Petronia, Chaffinch, Buffalo & Sparrow Weavers and Buntings 78 Whydas, Bishops, Queleas and Malimbes 79 Weavers 80 Weavers and Estrild Finches 81 Eserild Finches 82 Estrild Finches 83 Finches (Canaries, Seedeaters and Siskins) 84 Birds of Cabinda Distribution maps 202 Appendix of Portuguese and Afrikaans names 267 Bibliography and list of further reading 302 Indexes of English and scientific names 304
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If you are headed to southern Africa for the first time, you can put this in your pocket and take it into the field, and it will give you an excellent overview. -- Stuart Keith Birding
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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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