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Field guide to the birds of East Africa : Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi
Stevenson, Terry.
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Publication Information:
London : T & A D Poyser, 2002.
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xxviii, 602 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm
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QL692.A353 S74 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Birds of East Africa is the first comprehensive field guide to this spectacular birding region--and one of the best to any region in the world. Covering all resident, migrant, and vagrant birds of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi, this small and compact guide describes and illustrates a remarkable 1,388 species in convenient facing-page layout. Featuring 287 new color plates with 3,400 images painstakingly rendered by three experienced artists, the guide illustrates all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered. Set opposite the plates are range maps and concise accounts describing identification, status, range, habits, and voice for each species. Introductory sections provide notes on how to use the species accounts, the nomenclature adopted, conservation issues, where to send records, and maps of protected and other important bird areas.

Between them, Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe have more than 40 years' experience leading bird tours and conducting conservation work in East Africa. The region shelters a remarkable diversity of birds, including many seriously threatened species with small and vulnerable ranges. The region's birds form a constantly colorful, noisy, and highly extroverted part of the landscape. The book is sure to become an indispensable guide for anyone interested in studying or conserving birds in East Africa, as well as the many visitors who simply want to enjoy the sheer beauty of its birds.

First comprehensive field guide to the countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi
Covers 1,388 species, with 3,400 color images on 287 plates
Concise species accounts facing the plates describe appearance, status, range, habits, and voice
A color distribution map is given for each species
Information on habitats, protected areas, and conservation issues
The essential guide to the birds of this spectacular region
An overview of East African birds
East African environment
Species accounts
Common alternative names
Conservation and threatened species
The local scene
Glossary, references, and an index

Key Features? Small and compact
Comprehensive species
All distinctive plumages and races illustrated
Color plates
All species ranges mapped
Key protected and important bird areas mapped

Author Notes

Terry Stevenson has made Kenya his home since 1977 and is one of Africa's foremost bird-tour guides, having led numerous tours across the continent. He wrote The Birds of Lake Baringo while he was resident ornithologist there from 1981 to 1985, and is a member and advisor to the bird committee of Nature Kenya and to the East African Rarities Committee. John Fanshawe is the Africa consultant for BirdLife International. He has conducted research in the region for many years, and is widely regarded as unrivaled in his knowledge of East African birds and their conservation.

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Choice Review

Stevenson and Fanshawe write about all the resident, migrant, and vagrant birds of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi. They discuss 1,388 species, and three experienced artists have prepared 287 plates illustrating all the plumages and major races of birds that could be encountered in this area. An introductory section includes a list of plates and then treats landscapes with nice maps, species seasonality, taxonomy and names, conservation, additional reading, and acknowledgements. The plates are very good and clearly show the difference between species. There is an index of scientific names and one of common names. At the end of the book is a list of important bird areas in East Africa with a map to show where these areas are located. This book is an excellent addition to literature on African birds and is recommended for all libraries. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals. C. J. Pollard emeritus, Los Angeles Unified School District

Table of Contents

List of Platesp. ix
Prefacep. xv
Landscapesp. xv
Sitesp. xviii
Seasonalityp. xix
Taxonomy and namesp. xix
Speicies accountsp. xx
Mapsp. xxiii
Recent Recordsp. xxiv
Conservationp. xxvi
Additional readingp. xxvii
Acknowledgementsp. xxvii
The species accounts with colour platesp. 1
Indexesp. 575
Important Bird Areas in East Africap. 603