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The Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi [Paperback]

Terry Stevenson , John Fanshawe
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Feb. 19 2006 Princeton Field Guides

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

  • Seasonality

  • Plumage

  • 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

  • Illustrations

  • All species ranges mapped

  • Key protected and important bird areas mapped

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The Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi + National Audubon Society Field Guide to African Wildlife + The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals Including Hoofed Mammals, Carnivores, and Primates
Price For All Three: CDN$ 65.79

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Winner of the 2001 Best Bird Book - Africa, Worldtwitch

"For birders with an interest in the region and those planning a trip, look no further. With the publication of this guide we have distilled into one book all the good elements of what has gone before but better. . . . The plates are the book's tour de force and are simply outstanding. . . . This is by far the best and most exciting guide available for anywhere in Africa."--Ken Arber, Surfbirds.com

"The illustrations in this guide are of a very high standard and show the detail needed for field identification whilst remaining of an artistic quality that makes the book an attractive object as well as a useful one. . . . The brief descriptions are excellent and the language fresh and punchy. . . . A very fine field-guide indeed and sets a new standard for regional African guides."--

"As soon as you open the book, you'll realise that the standard of artwork is exceptional. The text is also of an unusually high standard. . . . If you are planning a trip to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda or Burundi this is now unquestionably the most valuable book you can buy. And if you aren't yet planning a trip there this is the perfect book to get you dreaming."--

"If East Africa is in your dreams, this should fill the bill."--Charles E. Keller, Indiana Audubon Quarterly

About the Author

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! July 24 2013
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This book is an excellent field guide to the region. I would recommend it to anyone planning to visit the region or simply to anyone interested in African birdlife.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stevenson is a safari travel necessity Dec 22 2013
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We were advised to take a copy of Stevenson with us to East Africa. When it arrived I was amazed at the thickness of this book which gives a very direct measure of the number of bird species a traveller will see, and usually without much effort. It is well prepared and well presented and importantly, it is durable. A must for any safari visitor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Birding in Tanzania Nov. 24 2013
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This was a book which gave me everything I needed for this Africa safari that I took in Tanzania.
I would have been totally lost without it. Now in Canada I can go over all the birds I saw and checked for my life list.
This book was all pro.. I have no cos on this book.
I was surprised how fast I received this book after placing ... 2 days ... excellent!
Don't leave home (if going to Africa) without it.
I enjoyed the trip,book, and the birds I saw.
Rip Fletcher
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and comprehensive Nov. 16 2013
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This a beautiful and comprehensive guide to the birds of East Africa. Its one disadvantage is it's weight and size. If you are trying to keep your luggage light this is not the guide for you!
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