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Birds of Kenya and northern Tanzania
Zimmerman, Dale A. (Dale Allen), 1928-
Field guide edition.
Publication Information:
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
576 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm.
General Note:
"This field guide is an abridged edition of the authors' Birds of Kenya and northern Tanzania, published in 1996"--Pref.

Includes indexes.

Format :


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QL692.K4 Z56 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti Plains, tropical beaches, coral reefs, and such wildlife as elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, and rhinos. With all this, Kenya and northern Tanzania are the ultimate destination for safaris, adventure travel, and ecotourism. They also form one of the world's most spectacular regions for birdwatching, with a variety of species unmatched almost anywhere else--from the tiny Amani Sunbird to the eight-foot-tall Somali Ostrich, from the elegant flamingos of the Rift Valley lakes to carcass-eating vultures and snake-hunting eagles. This book is the definitive field guide for the thousands of birdwatchers and travelers who visit this breathtaking area every year.

The guide features 124 color plates, depicting all 1,114 species in the area, including variations by subspecies, age, and sex. It contains over 800 range maps and succinct text that covers identification, voice, and distribution. Specially designed for use in the field, it is a compact version of the widely acclaimed Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania , hailed on its publication in 1996 as the most comprehensive, accurate, and beautiful guide ever produced for the region. With its modest price, small trim size and sturdy, weather-resistant binding, this field guide is the one volume that every adventurous traveler to Kenya and northern Tanzania must have.

Author Notes

Dale A. Zimmerman is Professor Emeritus of Biology, Western New Mexico University. He has visited Kenya annually since 1961. Donald A. Turner has lived in Kenya since 1959 and, since 1977, has served as Secretary of the Ornithological Sub-Committee of the East African Natural History Society. David J. Pearson taught at Nairobi University from 1970 to 1990 and was Chairman of the Ornithological Sub-Committee of the East African Natural History Society during the same period.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This smaller, abridged, book uses the same 124 color plates as the authors' Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania (CH, Jan'97). The artwork varies from barely adequate (raptors, shorebirds) to excellent and superb (most of the rest). The species accounts include only essentials of appearance, habits, habitat use, and calls necessary for field identification. Field marks of adults, juveniles, immatures and, where appropriate, color morphs and subspecies and comparisons with similar species are emphasized. The range maps and shortened text accounts of distribution are retained from the earlier volume. Field users will be somewhat inconvenienced by the layout: the plates and their facing pages of habitat and range information are bound together at the front of the book, followed by a section containing the species accounts and range maps, making it necessary for the user to flip back and forth between the plates and text to identify a bird. Nevertheless, this is the best and most authoritative and modern field guide available for the region and clearly should be carried by all residents and visitors alike. The price seems absurdly reasonable! All levels. S. W. Harris; Humboldt State University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 5
Acknowledgementsp. 6
Introductionp. 7
The Species Accountsp. 7
Illustrationsp. 8
Plate Caption Notesp. 9
Distribution Mapsp. 9
Habitat Terminologyp. 9
Taxonomy and Scientific Nomenclaturep. 10
English Namesp. 11
Abbreviations Used in the Text and Plate Captionsp. 11
Terms Relating to Bird Identificationp. 12
Color Platesp. 19
The Species Accountsp. 269
Ostriches, Struthionidaep. 269
Grebes, Podicipedidaep. 269
Albatrosses, Diomedeidaep. 270
Petrels and Shearwaters, Procellariidaep. 271
Storm-petrels, Hydrobatidaep. 273
Tropicbirds, Phaethontidaep. 274
Pelicans, Pelecanidaep. 274
Boobies, Sulidaep. 275
Cormorants, Phalacrocoracidaep. 276
Darters, Anhingidaep. 276
Frigatebirds, Fregatidaep. 277
Shoebill, Balaenicipitidaep. 277
Herons and Bifterns, Ardeidaep. 277
Hamerkop, Scopidaep. 282
Storks, Ciconiidaep. 282
Ibises and Spoonbills, Threskiornithidaep. 284
Flamingos, Phoenicopteridaep. 286
Ducks and Geese, Anatidaep. 286
Secretary Bird, Sagittariidaep. 292
Vultures, Hawks, Buzzards, Eagles and Osprey, Accipitridaep. 293
Falcons, Falconidaep. 309
Quail and Fraincolins, Phasianidaep. 314
Guineafowl, Numididaep. 319
Button-quail and Quail-plover, Turnicidaep. 320
Rails, Rallidaep. 321
Cranes, Gruidaep. 325
Finfoot, Heliornithidaep. 326
Bustards, Otididaep. 326
jacanas, Jacanidaep. 329
Painted-snipe, Rostratulidaep. 329
Crab-plover, Dromadidaep. 330
Oystercatchers, Haematopodidaep. 330
Stilts and Avocets, Recurverostridaep. 330
Thick-knees, Burhinidaep. 331
Coursers and Pratincoles, Glareolidaep. 332
Plovers, Charadriidaep. 335
Sandpipers, Scolopacfdaep. 340
Skuas, Stercorariidaep. 348
Gulls and Terns, Laridaep. 349
Skimmers, Rynchopidaep. 357
Sandgrouse, Pteroclidaep. 357
Pigeons and Doves, Columbidaep. 359
Parrots and Lovebirds, Psittacidaep. 363
Turacos, Musophagidaep. 364
Cuckoos and Coucals, Cuculidaep. 366
Barn Owls and Grass Owls, Tytonidaep. 372
Typical Owls, Strigidaep. 372
Nightjars, Caprimulgidaep. 376
Swifts, Apodidaep. 382
Mousebirds, Couidaep. 385
Trogons, Trogonfdaep. 386
Kingfishers, Alcedinidaep. 387
Bee-eaters, Meropidaep. 389
Rollers, Coraciidaep. 393
Hoopoe, Upupidaep. 394
wood-hoopoes and Scimitarbills, Phoeniculidafp. 395
Hornbills, Bucerotidaep. 397
Barbets and Tinkerbirds, Capitonidaep. 400
Honeyguides, Indicatoridaep. 406
woodpeckers and Wrynecks, Picidaep. 408
Broadbills, Eurylaimfdaep. 412
Pittas, Pittidaep. 412
Larks, Alaudidaep. 413
Wagtails, Pipits and Longclaws, Motacillidaep. 419
Swallows and Martins, Hirundinidaep. 424
Bulbuls, Pycnonotidaep. 428
Babblers, Chatterers and Illadopses, Timaliidaep. 435
Thrushes and Chats, Turdidaep. 439
flycatchers, Muscicapidaep. 453
Warblers, Sylviidaep. 457
White-eyes, Zosteropidaep. 482
Tits, Paridaep. 484
Penduline Tits, Remizidaep. 485
Creepers, Certhhdaep. 486
Monarch Flycatchers, Monarchidaep. 486
Batises and Wattle-eyes, Platysteiridaep. 488
Helmet-shrikes, Prionopidaep. 492
Shrikes, Lanhdaep. 494
Bush-shrikes, Malaconotidaep. 497
cuckoo-shrikes, Campephagfdaep. 504
Drongos, Dicruridaep. 505
Orioles, Oriolidaep. 506
Crows, Corvidaep. 508
Starlings and Oxpeckers, Sturnidaep. 509
Sunbirds, Nectariniidaep. 516
Sparrows and Petronias, Passeridaep. 527
Weavers, Ploceidaep. 528
Waxbills, Estrildidaep. 549
Seedeaters and Canaries, Fringillidaep. 559
Old World Buntings, Emberizidaep. 562
Indexp. 564