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Birds of Botswana
Peter Hancock & Ingrid Weiersbye

Paperback | 2015 | $29.95 | £24.95 | ISBN: 9780691157177
400 pp. | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | 1,200+ color illus. 597 color maps.
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Here is the ultimate field guide to Botswana's stunningly diverse birdlife. Covering all 597 species recorded to date, Birds of Botswana features more than 1,200 superb color illustrations, detailed species accounts, seasonality and breeding bars, and a color distribution map for each species. Drawing on the latest regional and national data, the book highlights the best birding areas in Botswana, provides helpful tips on where and when to see key species, and depicts special races and morphs specific to Botswana. This is the first birding guide written by a Botswana-based ornithologist and the only one dedicated specifically to Botswana.

Portable and easy to use, Birds of Botswana is the essential travel companion for anyone visiting this remarkable country.

  • Covers all 597 species of birds found in Botswana, including subspecies and color variants specific to Botswana
  • Features more than 1,200 color illustrations—with more than one illustration for species where the sexes and ages differ
  • Includes detailed species accounts, seasonality and breeding bars, and color distribution maps
  • Draws on the latest bird data and the expertise of leading birders in Botswana

Peter Hancock is a field biologist whose work as a professional conservationist has taken him to virtually every corner of Botswana over the past twenty-five years. His books include Birds of the Okavango and the Chobe Companion. Ingrid Weiersbye is a freelance wildlife artist based in South Africa. She is the illustrator and coauthor of Roberts Geographic Variation of Southern African Birds.


"[An] excellent guide. . . . With the publication of this field guide, Botswana is likely to become a more popular birding destination for travelers."--Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist

"This is the first-ever field guide to birds of this south African country. Part of the Princeton Field Guides, it is excellent, with 255 well-executed color plates of all 597 Botswana species. . . . A very valuable resource for all academic audiences concerned with Africa's wildlife."--Choice

"This book is definitely an excellent addition to the ornithological literature of southern Africa."--Holger Kolberg, Lanioturdus

"The book will be a welcome addition to any keen southern African birder's library."--Peter Ryan, African Birdlife

"Attractive, readable . . . this field guide will prove indispensable for birdwatchers traveling in Botswana."--Jonathan F. Husband, ARBA

"Splendid. . . . Drawing on the latest data and expertise of the country's top birders, this scholarly guide could not be more authoritative. . . . If you are planning to go [to Botswana] on safari, be sure to put Birds of Botswana alongside your binoculars at the top of your packing list."--Brian Jackman, Birdwatch


"I found this guide to be of the highest quality. The content is well organized and well written, the scholarship is sound, and the illustrations are excellent."--Stephanie J. Tyler, BirdLife Botswana

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Common Ostrich
Common Ostrich
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Map of Botswana
Map of Botswana
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Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah
Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah
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