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Basic Bird ID in southern Africa

Basic Bird ID in southern Africa

Basic Bird ID offers a down-to-earth system for newcomers to the field of birding.
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Title: Basic Bird ID in southern Africa
Author: Peter Ginn
Photographer: Geoff McIlleron
Type: Bird Guide
Publisher: Nature
Cape Town, South Africa 2011
ISBN 9781770078628 / ISBN 978-1-77007-862-8
Softcover, 13x20 cm, 64 pages, 1 Audio CD

Description:

Basic Bird ID in southern Africa offers a down-to-earth system for newcomers to the field of birding, using a proven formula that remains valid even among experienced birders. It trains the reader, step by step, in the art of observing birds, from assessing their general size and shape to pinpointing their diagnostic features, habits and idiosyncrasies. Mastering these observation skills will help beginners use a field guide more effectively, thus launching them into the captivating world of birds and birding. The clear, concise text is supported by full-colour photographs, making this book an excellent introduction for beginners of all ages.

Content: Basic Bird ID in southern Africa

Acknowledgements
Preface
Getting started
INTRODUCTION
BASIC SYSTEM OF BIRD ID

Size
Shape
Posture
Head
Neck
Body
Wings
Tail
Legs and feet
Colour
BILLS AND BIRD ID
Basic bill
Forceps or pointed bill
Bill with hooked upper mandible
Hooked-tip bill
Bill with arched upper mandible
Spear or dagger-shaped bill
Small, sharply pointed bill
Probing bill - thin and usually straight
Curved bills
Conical/pyramidal bill
Flattened bill
Flattened bill with large gape
Specialist bill
ADDITIONAL ID POINTERS
Movement
Special feeding methods
Sexual dimorphism
Birdcalls
Habitat


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