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"It is impossible to not be impressed by the spacious design and almost opulent feel to this tome. All paintings are by Martin Woodcock: a stunning achievement, with 312 species illustrated by 676 portraits on 32 plates. The texts are comprehensive, but not overpowering. It is providing us with one of the great sets of reference handbooks devoted to a single continent. This is an essential purchase for every serious ornithological library. With the recently formed and thriving African Bird Club, there will also be many birdwatchers who will want to own their personal set of volumes."—J.T.R. Sharrock

Universally recognized as by far the most authoritative and comprehensive work ever published, Birds of Africa, Volume V is the second of four volumes to deal with the Passerine birds of the continent. The families treated fall into the following groups: thrushes, Old World warblers, Old World flycatchers, monarch flycatchers wattle-eyes and puffback flycatchers. The editors and artists have worked closely with nine other authors--all acknowledged experts on their bird families--to produce a superb reference in which encyclopedic texts on every species are complemented by accurate and detailed paintings and drawings of the birds themselves. Full bibliographies, acoustic references and indexes complete this marvelous reference.

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Birdwatch
An extremely useful series of maps at the beginning showing the location of over 350 localities referred to in the text. The largely excellent artwork still makes this book a joy to leaf through. This series is everything a handbook should be: full of concise, mouth-watering plates that just make you want to get out there. Expensive? Of course. Value for money? Definitely. Got to have? Absolutely.
Ostrich
More than any other volume, this book opened up for me a new world of African ornithology. The end of a wonderful and lasting project is now in sight.
— Alan Kemp
Birding World
Without a doubt, [this book] has been worth the wait. In covering ground thrushes through to batises, it treats some of the most difficult groups of birds to identify in Africa—notably the cisticolas and the batises. . . . The plates are generally of a high standard and they continue to improve as the series progresses. The plates are the most comprehensive set of cisticola illustrations ever published and include the previously unillustrated Dorst's Cisticola. This volume is an essential purchase for the keen African birder.
Auk
The effort expended has been enormous and remarkably successful considering the immensity of the project. The Birds of Africa is indispensable for anyone with serious interest in African ornithology.
— Dale A. Zimmeran
Ibis
A magnificent achievement: the sheer depth and compass are breathtaking.
— Leon Bennun
British Ecological Society Bulletin
One of the best handbooks that I have seen and a joy to use; this volume in particular is a magnificent work.
— David Emley
Ostrich - Alan Kemp
More than any other volume, this book opened up for me a new world of African ornithology. The end of a wonderful and lasting project is now in sight.
Auk - Dale A. Zimmeran
The effort expended has been enormous and remarkably successful considering the immensity of the project. The Birds of Africa is indispensable for anyone with serious interest in African ornithology.
Ibis - Leon Bennun
A magnificent achievement: the sheer depth and compass are breathtaking.
British Ecological Society Bulletin - David Emley
One of the best handbooks that I have seen and a joy to use; this volume in particular is a magnificent work.
From the Publisher
"An extremely useful series of maps at the beginning showing the location of over 350 localities referred to in the text. The largely excellent artwork still makes this book a joy to leaf through. This series is everything a handbook should be: full of concise, mouth-watering plates that just make you want to get out there. Expensive? Of course. Value for money? Definitely. Got to have? Absolutely."—Birdwatch

"More than any other volume, this book opened up for me a new world of African ornithology. The end of a wonderful and lasting project is now in sight."—Alan Kemp, Ostrich

"Without a doubt, [this book] has been worth the wait. In covering ground thrushes through to batises, it treats some of the most difficult groups of birds to identify in Africa—notably the cisticolas and the batises. . . . The plates are generally of a high standard and they continue to improve as the series progresses. The plates are the most comprehensive set of cisticola illustrations ever published and include the previously unillustrated Dorst's Cisticola. This volume is an essential purchase for the keen African birder."—Birding World

"The effort expended has been enormous and remarkably successful considering the immensity of the project. The Birds of Africa is indispensable for anyone with serious interest in African ornithology."—Dale A. Zimmeran, Auk

"A magnificent achievement: the sheer depth and compass are breathtaking."—Leon Bennun, Ibis

"One of the best handbooks that I have seen and a joy to use; this volume in particular is a magnificent work."—David Emley, British Ecological Society Bulletin

Ibis
A magnificent achievement: the sheer depth and compass are breathtaking.
— Leon Bennun
Auk
The effort expended has been enormous and remarkably successful considering the immensity of the project. The Birds of Africa is indispensable for anyone with serious interest in African ornithology.
— Dale A. Zimmeran
Christopher Perrins
>The Birds of Africa continues on its way to becoming the standard work on African ornithology for the twenty-first century.
Nature
Larry Schwab
When one thinks of the sheer enormity of this project, the beauty and accuracy of the result can earn unusually high marks. In every way the work [volume 4] complements the diverse and fascinating panorama of African birds.
Wilson Bulletin
Alan Kemp
More than any other volume [volume 5], this book opened up for me a new world of African ornithology. The end of a wonderful and lasting project is now in sight.
Ostrich
Dale A. Zimmeran
The effort expended has been enormous and remarkably successful considering the immensity of the project. The Birds of Africa is indispensable for anyone with serious interest in African ornithology.
Auk
Leon Bennun
A magnificent achievement: the sheer depth and compass are breathtaking.
Ibis
David Emley
One of the best handbooks that I have seen and a joy to use; this volume in particular is a magnificent work.
British Ecological Society Bulletin
Michael Rands
Another masterpiece [volume 3]: altogether editors, authors, artists and publisher must be warmly congratulated on producing a real ornithologists' feast.
OSME Bulletin
Booknews
The sixth in a seven volume multi-author reference on African ornithology, this volume deals with songbirds from the babblers to the starlings. It contains encyclopedic species texts, stunning paintings, distribution maps, and detailed line drawings. The introduction brings the reader up to date with recent developments in the series and includes illustrations of evolution and the biogeography of African birds. Diagnoses of the families and genera, with superspecies maps, are followed by the species accounts themselves, organized under range and status, description, field characters, voice, general habits, food, breeding habits, and key references. Thirty-six color plates show all the species covered, plus numerous subspecies. Edited by Fry (Zoology, U. of Aberdeen), Stuart Keith (ornithology, American Museum of Natural History), and Emil K. Urban (biology, August State U.). Oversize: 9.5x12.5<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780121373054
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/1997
  • Series: Birds of Africa Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 9.61 (w) x 12.49 (h) x 2.13 (d)

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS v
LIST OF PLATES xi
INTRODUCTION xii
ORDER PASSERIFORMES
Turdidae, thrushes (C. H. Fry, S. Keith, P. C. Lack, R. de Naurois, A. Prigogine and E. K. Urban) 1
Sylviidae, Old World warbles (C. Erard, C. H. Fry, L. G. Grimes, M. P. S. Irwin, S. Keith, P. C. Lack, D. J. Pearson and A. Tye) 57
Muscicapidae, flycatchrs (C. Erard, C. H. Fry and D. J. Pearson) 432
Monarchidae, paradise-flycatchers and monarchs (C. Erard, S. Keith and R. de Naurois) 508
Platysteiridae, shrike-flycatchers wattle-eyes and batises (C. Erard and C. H. Fry) 548
BIBLIOGRAPHY
1. General and Regional References 607
2. Family References 616
3. Acoustic References 639
ERRATA TO PREVIOUS VOLUMES 643
INDEXES
1. Scientific Names 645
2. English Names 662
3. French Names 667

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"It is impossible to not be impressed by the spacious design and almost opulent feel to this tome. All paintings are by Martin Woodcock: a stunning achievement, with 312 species illustrated by 676 portraits on 32 plates. The texts are comprehensive, but not overpowering. It is providing us with one of the great sets of reference handbooks devoted to a single continent. This is an essential purchase for every serious ornithological library. With the recently formed and thriving African Bird Club, there will also be many birdwatchers who will want to own their personal set of volumes."—J.T.R. Sharrock

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