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First Field Guide to Birds of Prey of Southern Africa

First Field Guide to Birds of Prey of Southern Africa

These little guides are an invaluable resource for the beginner
Allan, David

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First Field Guide to Birds of Prey of Southern Africa

Author: David Allan
Struik Publishers
Cape Town, 1999
ISBN: 9781770073784
Paperback, 11x17, 56 pages, throughout colour


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
• easy-to-read text
• suitable for the beginner naturalist
• each species is photographed

About the Author:

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 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
Identifying birds of prey
How to use this book
Secretary bird
Hooded Vulture
Cape Vulture
White-backed Vulture
Lappet-faced Vulture
White-headed Vulture
Yellow-billed Kite
Black-shouldered Kite
Verreauxs (Black) Eagle
Tawny Eagle
Wahlbergs Eagle
Booted Eagle
African Hawk-Eagle
Long-crested Eagle
Martial Eagle
African Crowned Eagle
Brown Snake-Eagle
Black-chested Snake-Eagle
African Fish-Eagle
Steppe Buzzard
Jackal Buzzard
Lizard Buzzard
Little Sparrowhawk
Black Sparrowhawk
African Goshawk
Gabar Goshawk
Southern Pale Chanting
Dark Chanting Goshawk
African Marsh-Harrier
Black Harrier
African Harrier-Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Lanner Falcon
Amur Falcon
Rock Kestrel
Greater Kestrel
Lesser Kestrel
Pygmy Falcon
Barn Owl
Spotted Eagle-Owl
Marsh Owl
Pearl-spotted Owlet
Index and Checklist