Birds of Western Africa Paperback – Jan 30 2005
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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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Birds of Western Africa (Princeton Field Guides)
by Nik Borrow and Ron Demey (Paperback - Jan 10, 2005)
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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.
It is a little frustrating that that the range maps are bunched together on separate pages from the plates.
Aside from that it is still an attractive piece of work and, obviously, the best guide to the region.
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