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Birds of Western Africa [Paperback]

Nik Borrow , Ron Demey
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Jan. 30 2005 Princeton Field Guides

This new field guide uses all 147 color plates from Princeton's A Guide to the Birds of Western Africa, with concise, authoritative text on facing pages, to create a compact, lightweight field reference covering all 1,285 species found in the region--from Senegal and southern Mauritania east to Chad and the Central African Republic and south to Congo. It is the first field guide to cover this region exclusively and in such comprehensive depth, and will enable birders to identify any species found in any of the twenty-three countries and territories covered.

Birds of Western Africa also has an updated color distribution map for each species, conveniently placed on interleaved pages within the color plates. The plates, all original and painted by the same leading illustrator, comprise over 3,000 figures--including a number of new images painted for this field guide--and depict almost all the species described. The entries opposite the plates focus on key identification marks for all main plumages.

Both authors have gained extensive field experience over many years in western Africa. Their knowledge and expertise shines through in this unprecedented and outstanding field guide to one of the world's most exciting birding regions.

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Winner of the 2004 Best Bird Book - Africa, Worldtwitch

"Invaluable for serious birders and scientists working in or visiting the area. It would also make an excellent addition to a collection of field guides for home or office use."--Condor

"Anyone with an interest in West African birds will want to own this book. We have been waiting for some considerable time for someone to produce a modern guide to West African birds, so Nik Borrow and Ron Demey are to be congratulated for completing the task admirably. . . . [A] splendid achievement."--Stephen Rumsey, British Birds

"With so many birds to cover in one area, this guide does a nice job of grouping them for easy access and comparison. It is an excellent resource to have with you on a trip to the region."--Robert E. Hoopes, Wildlife Activist

About the Author

Nik Borrow is an acclaimed bird artist whose illustrations have appeared in many magazines and journals. He has been a birding tour leader for many years in Africa and elsewhere, and is an original member of the African Bird Club. Ron Demey is a freelance ornithologist who has lived and worked in several West African countries for many years. He has traveled extensively throughout the region. He serves on the editorial team of the African Bird Club and has worked on several African projects for BirdLife International.

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1.0 out of 5 stars 1/2 price on amazon.com May 2 2008
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Birds of Western Africa (Princeton Field Guides)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to West Africa Aug. 19 2008
By Michael C. Duffy - Published on Amazon.com
This new edition of the Birds of Western Africa is a great companion on any trip to the region for anyone interested in the variety of birds you will encounter. I used it on a trip to Ghana in May 2008 and found it to be indispensable for identifying the more challenging and rare species as well as the common ones. The illustrations are really excellent and capture the more subtle plumage variations even in the greenbuls and bulbuls. Far and away the best plates in any African bird guide. Period. The text is concise and highlights important details including habitat and vocalizations so essential to recognizing birds in the field. Birds of Western Africa is convenient to carry with you on field trips and a great reference to have before and after planning your trip to Africa. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best West Africa field guide. July 12 2007
By Ted W. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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This birding guide is outstanding and a must have for any birder or nature lover that visits West Africa. The color plates of over 1250 species are excellent and the range mape are conveniently located. There is pertinent information for each bird that is helpful. This portable guide receives high marks.
Ted Peterson
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4.0 out of 5 stars A valuable guide for the region. Jan. 1 2010
By Jessejps - Published on Amazon.com
This guide covers 23 countries in Western Africa south of the Sahara. From Mauritania in the northwest to Chad and the Central African Republic in the southeast down to the Congo in the south. It also includes the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Gambia. Such a large region includes nearly 1,300 species, nearly all are illustrated in this guide. The guide is small enough to be carried in your pack or cargo pocket and clearly was made for ease of use in the field
The emphasis of this guide is the illustrations and range maps. The 148 colour plates are clear, and very well illustrated and organised.Range maps follow each plate and are included for each species. Every raptor is illustrated in flight as well as adult male and females (if dimorphic) and juvenile forms. as a result the plates are crowded and the illustrations smaller than in other plates. And the shorebirds are shown in breeding and non-breeding plumage, so the plate are also a bit crowded. Sub-species are not well represented again due to available space.But this is really just nit-picking a very well done illustrated guide.
I would preffer more detailed written descriptions for each species, they really are sparse and not very helpful for indentification, but that would increase the size of this guide, quite a bit. The real test of a guide is how helpful it is in the field and I feel that focusing on the illustrations was a correct choice, considering the size of the area covered and number of species included.
The last few plates are very helpful in showing island forms, different from species illustrated elsewhere in the book, and there is a nice page showing the shape of the nests of each species of weavers.As usual this book meets the high standards I have grown toexpect from Princeton field guides,and I can highly recommend this guide to anyone travelling to Western Africa or as an addition to anyone's birding library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bird lovers book Feb. 8 2008
By Lawrence M. Soule - Published on Amazon.com
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We are owners of over 50 bird books, mainly field guides. This book looks excellent. It is well laid out and well organized. We are looking forward to using it on our upcoming trip to Africa
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic April 29 2013
By customer FL - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for my trip to Ghana. I would highly recommend it because it proved to be an invaluable resource when identifying birds in the field and afterwards when reflecting on our travels. Also, it seems to be the only complete resource/publication for those who wish to identify birds in that region.
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