Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania: Field Guide Edition

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Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti Plains, tropical beaches, coral reefs, and such wildlife as elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, and rhinos. With all this, Kenya and northern Tanzania are the ultimate destination for safaris, adventure travel, and ecotourism. They also form one of the world's most spectacular regions for birdwatching, with a variety of species unmatched almost anywhere else—from the tiny Amani Sunbird to the eight-foot-tall Somali Ostrich, from the elegant flamingos of the Rift Valley lakes to ...

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Overview

Mount Kilimanjaro, the Serengeti Plains, tropical beaches, coral reefs, and such wildlife as elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, and rhinos. With all this, Kenya and northern Tanzania are the ultimate destination for safaris, adventure travel, and ecotourism. They also form one of the world's most spectacular regions for birdwatching, with a variety of species unmatched almost anywhere else—from the tiny Amani Sunbird to the eight-foot-tall Somali Ostrich, from the elegant flamingos of the Rift Valley lakes to carcass-eating vultures and snake-hunting eagles. This book is the definitive field guide for the thousands of birdwatchers and travelers who visit this breathtaking area every year.

The guide features 124 color plates, depicting all 1,114 species in the area, including variations by subspecies, age, and sex. It contains over 800 range maps and succinct text that covers identification, voice, and distribution. Specially designed for use in the field, it is a compact version of the widely acclaimed Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania, hailed on its publication in 1996 as the most comprehensive, accurate, and beautiful guide ever produced for the region. With its modest price, small trim size and sturdy, weather-resistant binding, this field guide is the one volume that every adventurous traveler to Kenya and northern Tanzania must have.

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Editorial Reviews

Audubon Naturalist News
More than just the definitive guide to East African Birds, this is a beautiful book—a 'must have' especially if you contemplate a journey to see these birds in the feather.
Birding
This book provides us with plates that not only address the most difficult identification problems but also delight us as works of art.
Wildlife Activist
This is one of the premier birding destinations on the planet, and this guide is indispensable for anyone birding the region. . . . [A]nyone going on a wildlife or birding safari in East Africa should have this beautifully illustrated and meticulously researched Field Guide Edition. . . . Most highly recommended.
— Dan R. Kunkle
Wildlife Activist - Dan R. Kunkle
This is one of the premier birding destinations on the planet, and this guide is indispensable for anyone birding the region. . . . [A]nyone going on a wildlife or birding safari in East Africa should have this beautifully illustrated and meticulously researched Field Guide Edition. . . . Most highly recommended.
From the Publisher
"More than just the definitive guide to East African Birds, this is a beautiful book—a 'must have' especially if you contemplate a journey to see these birds in the feather."Audubon Naturalist News

"This book provides us with plates that not only address the most difficult identification problems but also delight us as works of art."Birding

"This is one of the premier birding destinations on the planet, and this guide is indispensable for anyone birding the region. . . . [A]nyone going on a wildlife or birding safari in East Africa should have this beautifully illustrated and meticulously researched Field Guide Edition. . . . Most highly recommended."—Dan R. Kunkle, Wildlife Activist

Jane E. Atkinson
It is an admirable effort to have condensed so much without losing integrity and to provide a valuable field guide.
—(The Canadian Field-Naturalist)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691010229
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Edition description: FIELD GUIDE
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 268,368
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE 5
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 6
INTRODUCTION 7
THE SPECIES ACCOUNTS 7
ILLUSTRATIONS 8
PLATE CAPTION NOTES 9
DISTRIBUTION MAPS 9
HABITAT TERMINOLOGY 9
TAXONOMY AND SCIENTIFIC NOMENCLATURE 10
ENGLISH NAMES 11
ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THE TEXT AND PLATE CAPTIONS 11
TERMS RELATING TO BIRD IDENTIFICATION 12
COLOR PLATES 19
THE SPECIES ACCOUNTS 269
Ostriches, STRUTHIONIDAE 269
Grebes, PODICIPEDIDAE 269
Albatrosses, DIOMEDEIDAE 270
Petrels and Shearwaters, PROCELLARIIDAE 271
Storm-petrels, HYDROBATIDAE 273
Tropicbirds, PHAETHONTIDAE 274
Pelicans, PELECANIDAE 274
Boobies, SULIDAE 275
Cormorants, PHALACROCORACIDAE 276
Darters, ANHINGIDAE 276
Frigatebirds, FREGATIDAE 277
Shoebill, BALAENICIPITIDAE 277
Herons and Bifterns, ARDEIDAE 277
Hamerkop, SCOPIDAE 282
Storks, CICONIIDAE 282
Ibises and Spoonbills, THRESKIORNITHIDAE 284
Flamingos, PHOENICOPTERIDAE 286
Ducks and Geese, ANATIDAE 286
Secretary Bird, SAGITTARIIDAE 292
Vultures, Hawks, Buzzards, Eagles and Osprey, ACCIPITRIDAE 293
Falcons, FALCONIDAE 309
Quail and Fraincolins, PHASIANIDAE 314
Guineafowl, NUMIDIDAE 319
Button-quail and Quail-plover, TURNICIDAE 320
Rails, RALLIDAE 321
Cranes, GRUIDAE 325
Finfoot, HELIORNITHIDAE 326
Bustards, OTIDIDAE 326
jacanas, JACANIDAE 329
Painted-snipe, ROSTRATULIDAE 329
Crab-plover, DROMADIDAE 330
Oystercatchers, HAEMATOPODIDAE 330
Stilts and Avocets, RECURVEROSTRIDAE 330
Thick-knees, BURHINIDAE 331
Coursers and Pratincoles, GLAREOLIDAE 332
Plovers, CHARADRIIDAE 335
Sandpipers, SCOLOPACfDAE 340
Skuas, STERCORARIIDAE 348
Gulls and Terns, LARIDAE 349
Skimmers, RYNCHOPIDAE 357
Sandgrouse, PTEROCLIDAE 357
Pigeons and Doves, COLUMBIDAE 359
Parrots and Lovebirds, PSITTACIDAE 363
Turacos, MUSOPHAGIDAE 364
Cuckoos and Coucals, CUCULIDAE 366
Barn Owls and Grass Owls, TYTONIDAE 372
Typical Owls, STRIGIDAE 372
Nightjars, CAPRIMULGIDAE 376
Swifts, APODIDAE 382
Mousebirds, COUIDAE 385
Trogons, TROGONFDAE 386
Kingfishers, ALCEDINIDAE 387
Bee-eaters, MEROPIDAE 389
Rollers, CORACIIDAE 393
Hoopoe, UPUPIDAE 394
Wood-hoopoes and Scimitarbills, PHOENICULIDAF 395
Hornbills, BUCEROTIDAE 397
Barbets and Tinkerbirds, CAPITONIDAE 400
Honeyguides, INDICATORIDAE 406
Woodpeckers and Wrynecks, PICIDAE 408
Broadbills, EURYLAIMfDAE 412
Pittas, PITTIDAE 412
Larks, ALAUDIDAE 413
Wagtails, Pipits and Longclaws, MOTACILLIDAE 419
Swallows and Martins, HIRUNDINIDAE 424
Bulbuls, PYCNONOTIDAE 428
Babblers, Chatterers and Illadopses, TIMALIIDAE 435
Thrushes and Chats, TURDIDAE 439
flycatchers, MUSCICAPIDAE 453
Warblers, SYLVIIDAE 457
White-eyes, ZOSTEROPIDAE 482
Tits, PARIDAE 484
Penduline Tits, REMIZIDAE 485
Creepers, CERTHHDAE 486
Monarch Flycatchers, MONARCHIDAE 486
Batises and Wattle-eyes, PLATYSTEIRIDAE 488
Helmet-shrikes, PRIONOPIDAE 492
Shrikes, LANHDAE 494
Bush-shrikes, MALACONOTIDAE 497
cuckoo-shrikes, CAMPEPHAGfDAE 504
Drongos, DICRURIDAE 505
Orioles, ORIOLIDAE 506
Crows, CORVIDAE 508
Starlings and Oxpeckers, STURNIDAE 509
Sunbirds, NECTARINIIDAE 516
Sparrows and Petronias, PASSERIDAE 527
Weavers, PLOCEIDAE 528
Waxbills, ESTRILDIDAE 549
Seedeaters and Canaries, FRINGILLIDAE 559
Old World Buntings, EMBERIZIDAE 562
INDEX 564

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