This is the first comprehensive field guide dealing exclusively with the birds of this spetacular region. It covers all resident, migrant and vagrant species found in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Over 1300 species are illustrated with full details all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered. Concise text describes identification, status, range, habits and voice with range maps for each species. This authoritative book will not only be an indispensable guide to the visiting birder, but also a vital tool for those engaged in work to conserve and study the avifauna of this region. East Africa shelters a remarkable diversity of birds, many seriously endangered with small and vulnerable ranges. They form a constantly colourful, noisy and highly extrovert part of the landscape.
-- Distinctive thumbnail tabs outlining each family group to enable quick identification -- Compact, easy-to-use format, the ideal pocket-size travelling companion -- Authoritative text describing key identification features -- Full-color photographs illustrating key species
The Horn of Africa has the highest endemism of any region in Africa, and around 70 species are found nowhere else in the world. Many of these are confined to the isolated highlands of Ethiopia and Eritrea, but a large number of larks specialise in the arid parts of Somalia and adjoining eastern Ethiopia, whilst the island of Socotra has its own suite of endemic species. The region is also an important migration route and wintering site for many Palearctic birds. This is the first field guide to the birds of this fascinating region, and a companion to Birds of East Africa by two of the same authors. Over 200 magnificent plates by John Gale and Brian Small illustrate every species that has ever occurred in the five countries covered by the guide, and the succinct text covers the key identification criteria. Special attention is paid to the voices of the species, and over 1000 up-to-date colour distribution maps are included. This long-awaited guide is a much-needed addition to the literature on African birds and an essential companion for birders visiting the region.
Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers, Incorporated
This DVD-R features high quality MP3 recordings of more than 1350 species of birds in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi). Both songs and calls are given where relevant, together with notes on the recordings and illustrations from the Helm Field Guide: Birds of East Africa. Once the recordings have been loaded onto your PC or laptop, they can be downloaded onto an iPod or MP3 player for use in the field. The recordings are a companion to the field guide and can be used in conjunction with it. Almost every species ever recorded in the region is featured in this extraordinary collection and it will be a magnificent resource for all birders and ornithologists visiting the region.