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Author: David Allan
Sasol First Field Guide to Birds of Prey of Southern Africa provides fascinating insight into the birdlife of the region.
Through full-colour photo-graphs and distribution maps, and easy-to-read text, the young adult and budding naturalist will be able to identify the more common birds of prey in southern Africa, discover where they live, and leam about their unique feeding and nesting habits.
These little guides are an invaluable resource for the beginner, providing information at a glance through superb photographs, maps and easy-to-read text.
• handy pocket size
David Allan is curator of birds at Durban’s Natural Science Museum and is the author of A Photographic Guide to Birds of Prey of Southern Africa.
Birds of prey or raptors are predators that feed on meat. They have powerful feet with sharp talons for killing their prey and hooked beaks for tearing their food. These are among the most exciting and impressive of all birds. Southern Africa has a rich diversity of raptors.
Seventy-one species of diurnal raptors and 12 species of owls occur here. Some of the diurnal raptors are migrants that only visit our region during summer
This guide covers 46 of the commonest species, omitting those that occur in only a small part of the region, the very rare vagrants, and the very secretive species unlikely to be seen by the casual bird-watcher. Raptors are threatened by human activities and many need to be protected.
Most birds of prey are restricted to specific habitats. The habitat map (opposite, above) shows the major habitat types in southern Africa. The map depicting southern African regions (opposite, bottom) should be used along with the distribution maps for each species to help determine whether a bird occurs in a specific part of the region. A small, upper-case ° after a word indicates that it is explained in the Glossary on page 56.
Southern African birds of prey