Neither a field guide nor a biological text, this book presents an overview of African birds and describes and depicts the lives and habits of almost 2,400 species.This book celebrates and provides a useful and highly readable introduction to Africa's magnificent avian diversity. Neither a field guide nor a biological text, it presents an overview of African birds and descNeither a field guide nor a biological text, this book presents an overview of African birds and describes and depicts the lives and habits of almost 2,400 species.This book celebrates and provides a useful and highly readable introduction to Africa's magnificent avian diversity. Neither a field guide nor a biological text, it presents an overview of African birds and describes and depicts the lives and habits of almost 2,400 species. The African continent and its associated islands are home to the world's second largest assemblage of birds, spanning two of the planet's great faunal kingdoms. The authors have divided the birds into large groups, with each chapter focusing on a particular group. Each group shares a common characteristic easily recognized by the nonspecialist: preferred habitat, main feeding behavior, or breeding method. For ease of reference, the bird families comprising each chapter are discussed in alphabetical order. Although a great deal is known about the birds of Africa, much still awaits discovery. Entire species have yet to be described and entered into the scientific literature; sadly, some birds may become extinct before they can be properly studied. A recurring theme in the book is the threat to many species posed by the loss or dramatic modification of habitats and by human actions such as pesticide use, hunting for food and trade, and the destruction of forests. The authors emphasize that if current trends continue, more and more bird species will become endangered....
|Title||:||Birds of Africa: From Seabirds to Seed-Eaters|
|Number of Pages||:||176 Pages|
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Birds of Africa: From Seabirds to Seed-Eaters Reviews
Birds of Africa: From Seabirds to Seed-Eaters by wife and husband team Tilde and Chris Stuart is a great desk-reference type book cramming information on 108 families of birds into 168 pages (plus an index).Unlike encyclopedic reference books and field guides Birds of Africa is not divided into individual species, but instead provides an introduction to thousands of African bird species through summaries of each family grouped together by range, genetic relationship, habitats, and diet. For instance, similar terrestrial birds are grouped together (ostrich, cranes, bustards), while secretarybirds are grouped with raptors (vultures, eagles, hawks). Specialized feeders such as oxpeckers, sugarbirds and sunbirds are grouped separately from insect-eaters (babblers, starlings, thrushes) and seed-eaters (sparrows, bishops, and firefinches). This organization of families makes for an interesting read, easy browsing by chapter, and allows for interesting anecdotal subsections on conservation, wildlife trade, and adaptations relating to each grouping shared across sometimes disparate families.Medium and large full-color photographs bring to life the visual characteristics of incredible avian species ranging from owls and secretarybirds to babblers and sunbirds. Not every species has its own photo, but a broad cross-section of each bird family is represented by photos of individual species. Text supplements the overall behavior and appearances related to individual families. At the end of the book a page is dedicated to suggested reading. 20 pages are also dedicated to a complete list of every species of bird in Africa organized by family as well as an index for determining where a specific species occurs in the book. The table of contents in the front also provides this on a per-chapter basis, but only for common birds. Due to the goal of the book there is no index by binomial species names.Because of the relative simplicity of information provided in Birds of Africa this book is recommended for students and novice ornithologists seeking to brush up on characteristics, ranges and general behaviors of these bird families. Note that this book, published in 1999, may have some out-of-date information relating to genetic relationships, binomial names for some bird species, and ranges which may have diminished in the intervening years. Birdwatchers and wildlife watchers may also be interested in more comprehensive volumes with species-specific entries as found in field guides like Birds of Southern Africa: Fourth Edition by Ian Sinclair and The Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi by Terry Stevenson.
Having been in Tanzania and seen many different birds, I wanted to identify some of the photos and get the names down. Images of African birds on the Internet don't often post names so that way of making identification failed me. I got this book from the library and although it did not have pictures of all the birds we saw,. it did have many and a lot of good information about habitate and habits. I recommend it!