The Birds of Africa, Volume V:

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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.

Key Features
* Continues the high quality of this highly regarded series
* Provides the only comprehensive Handbook treatment of African birds

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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


About the Author:

Emil K. Urban is co-chairman of the African Working Group on Cranes and is highly involved in studies on status, distribution, and life history of cranes. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union and received the first Louis K. Bell Alumni Research Award at Augusta College, Georgia. For many years he has worked on birds and mammals in Ethiopia, and was involved in the planning stages of the first edition of The Birds of Africa Dr. Urban has published numerous papers on African birds, including A Checklist of Birds of Ethiopia. Urban is currently Chairman of the Department of Biology at Augusta College, Georgia.

C. Hilary Fry was born in England in 1937, and an enduring passion for African birds was generated when he led an undergraduate expedition from Cambridge University to Annobon (Pagalu) Island. Later ornithological expeditions were to Lake Chad four times, Lake Turkana, Okavango, by hovercraft along the Neger and Congo Rivers, and to Egypt (Sinai), Borneo and Brazil. He lived in Nigeria for seven years and gained his Ph.D. there with studies of bee-eaters. At Aberdeen University in 1967-68 his main research interests were in avian co-operative breeding, migration and systematics, and he supervised doctoral researches on bee-eater sociobiology and wagtail ecology. Studies in African ornithology earned him Aberdeen's D.Sc. degree; his 190 publications include The Bee-eaters (1984) and, with his wife Kathie, the award winning Kingfishers, Bee-eaters and Rollers (1992). He is a Corresponding Fellow of the AOU and a former Council Member of the BOU. In 1994 he delivered the inaugural Cecily Niven Memorial Lecture in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. After nine years in Oman, where he was Chairman of Biology at Sultan Qaboos University, he is now an Honorary Professor in Zoology at Aberdeen University and lives with his wife in Cumbria, England.

Stuart Keith was the first president of The American Birding Association, which now has 16,000 members, and for a number of years was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as Champion Bird Watcher. Keith pioneered the tape-recording of forest birds in his book Birds of the African Rain Forest, and has produced a film on birds, shown throughout the U.S. for the National Audubon Society. His publications on African birds include an avifaunal study of the Impenetrable Forest, Uganda, aswell as a European field guide, Collins Bird Guide. Keith is currently a Research Associate at The American Museum of Natural History in the Department of Ornithology.

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