Chamberlain's Birds of Africa south of the Sahara Edition 2010, by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan
Chamberlain's Birds of Africa south of the Sahara Edition 2010 is the first guide to describe and illustrate all of the birds found in Africa south of the Sahara Desert (the Afrotropic Region), including Socotra, Pemba and islands in the Gulf of Guinea. Authors are reknown Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan.
Africa is one of the best places to go birding. The continent is second only to South America in terms of numbers of bird species, and arguably offers more rewarding birding than other tropical regions - thanks to the large number of conspicuous species associated with savanna and woodland habitats. Africa is home to two endemic bird orders, 10 endemic families (with two more only reaching Madagascar or Arabia), and of the more than 2100 species in sub-Saharan Africa, almost 1400 are restricted to the region. This book is a concise identification guide to the birds of sub-Saharan Africa. Preparing it has been a daunting task, given the very large number of species, but we believe it is useful to bring all the region’s birds together in one volume. We hope that it will encourage greater interest in Africa’s birds, and promote birding throughout the region. Historically, birding attention has been divided into three general areas: west Africa, east Africa and southern Africa. This balkanisation of birding activity was exacerbated by political differences and resulted in some unfortunate consequences. At a prosaic level, it led to regional differences in common names. More significantly, it greatly decreased our knowledge of areas outside the classic boundaries of areas of interest. For example, we know much more about the birds of southern than northern Mozambique simply because the southern part of the country lies south of the Zambezi River, and thus falls within the rather arbitrary limits of southern Africa. Similarly, east African birders have tended to stop their activities at the DRC border, in part because the DRC fell outside ‘their’ area. The aim of this book is to promote a more holistic view to birding throughout the continent, and to highlight species that fall outside the three regions covered in traditional field guides.
Examples from Chamberlain's Birds of Africa south of the Sahara:
A plump, drab greyish or olive-brown warbler, paler below but without marked contrasts or distinctive features. Lacks white outer-tail of Brown Parisoma. Smaller than juv. Barred Warbler (p. 492) with finer bill, plain (not barred) flanks and less prominent pale edges to wing feathers. Differs from Olivaceous Warbler (p. 486) by rounded (not peaked) crown, with indistinct dark eye-stripe and pale supercilium.
Habitat: Thick tangles in range of forest, bush and riverine habitats.
Status: Common Palearctic migrant, mostly Sep-Apr.
Voice: Subdued, monotonous song, interspersed with soft, grating phrases; call harsh ‘tec’. [C4.14, G5.2.9]
A dull brown warbler with paler underparts, especially belly and vent. Told from Garden Warbler by its white outer-tail. Occurs at lower elevation (below 2500 m) than Bale Parisoma in Ethiopia. Much larger and shorter-tailed than Buff-bellied Warbler (p. 524). Eye is dark red-brown.
Habitat: Usually in tops of acacia trees, especially flat-topped Acacia abyssinica and fever trees, at mid- to high altitudes.
Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed; usually in pairs.
Voice: Short, loud ‘tchwee tchwee’ alarm call; song a wheezy trill. [C 10.63]
This is an excerpt from the guide: Chamberlain's Birds of Africa south of the Sahara Edition 2010, by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan.
Title: Chamberlain's Birds of Africa south of the Sahara Edition 2010
Author: Ian Sinclair; Peter Ryan
Genre: Birding Guide
Publisher: Random House Struik
2nd revised edition. Cape Town, South Africa 2010
ISBN 9781770076235 / ISBN 978-1-77007-623-5
Softcover, 15 x 21 cm, 766 pages, throughout colour illustrations
Sinclair, Ian und Ryan, Peter im Namibiana-Buchangebot
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