- Feb 24, 2002
- 6.5 x 9.5 in.
- 147 color plates. Over 1,100 color maps.
- Not for sale in the Commonwealth (except Canada) and the European Union
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This is a major new guide covering the birds of all western African countries, from Senegal and southern Mauritania east to Chad and the Central African Republic and south to Congo. No other field guide covers this region exclusively and in such comprehensive depth.
A Guide to the Birds of Western Africa describes 1,285 species, representing the entire avifauna of the region. There are 147 original color plates, all painted by the same leading illustrator, comprising over 3,000 figures and depicting almost all the species described. The detailed species accounts cover all identification criteria, including differences between similar species, voice, habits, habitat, breeding, distribution, and status. The text also features color distribution maps for over 1,100 species, and numerous line drawings illustrate particular aspects of behavior and identification.
Both authors have gained extensive field experience over many years in western Africa. Their knowledge and expertise shines through in this outstanding guide to one of the world’s most exciting birding regions.
- Comprehensive coverage of all 1,285 species found in the region
- 23 separate countries and territories covered
- Clear and authoritative text detailing differences between similar species, voice, habits, habitat, breeding, distribution, and status
- Over 3,000 original color illustrations, depicting all key plumages
- Concise plate captions summarizing key identification pointers
- Numerous line drawings illustrating specific aspects of identification and behavior
- More than 1,100 color distribution maps
Awards and Recognition
- Winner of the 2002 Best Bird Book - Africa, Worldtwitch