Universally recognized as by far the most authoritative work ever published on the subject, The Birds of Africa is a superb reference with encyclopedic species texts, stunning paintings, detailed line drawings, and comprehensive bibliographies.
This is the sixth volume in a set of seven, follows the standard taxonomic sequence and deals with songbirds from the babblers to starlings.
A new introduction brings the reader up-to-date with recent developments in the series and includes an essay on aspects of biogeography illustrated through African birds. Overviews of the families are followed by genus summaries (with associated superspecies maps, where appropriate) and the species accounts themselves, organized under standard heading: Range and Status, Description, Field Characters, Voice, General Habits, Food, Breeding Habits, and Key References. Each species has a distribution map and many are illustrated with line drawings showing nests and behavior by Ian Willis.
The texts are written by experts on the species and the editors themselves. There are 36 superb color plates by Martin Woodcock that illustrate all the plumages of all species covered in the volume. Full references to written and sound recorded material complete this authoritative coverage.
* The texts are written by experts on the species and the editors themselves.
* 36 superb colour plates by Martin Woodcock illustrate all the plumages of all the species covered in the volume.
* Full references to written and sound recorded material complete this authoritative coverage.
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Universally recognized as by far the most authoritative work ever published on the subject, The Birds of Africa is a superb multi-author reference with encyclopedic species texts, stunning paintings, detailed line drawings, and comprehensive bibliographies.
This, the sixth volume in a set of seven, deals with songbirds from the babblers to starlings.
The new Introduction brings the reader up to date with recent developments in the series and includes illustrations of evolution and biogeography of African birds. Diagnoses of the families and genera, with superspecies maps, are followed by the comprehensive species accounts themselves, organised under: Range and Status, Description, Field Characters, Voice, General Habits, Food, Breeding Habits, and Key References.
All species have coloured distribution maps and many are illustrated with line drawings showing nests and behavior, by Ian Willis. 36 superb color plates by Martin Woodcock illustrate all of the species covered in the volume and numerous subspecies.
Full references to researched and sound recorded material complete this authoritative coverage.
From the Reviews of Previous Volumes
The Birds of Africa continues on its way to becoming the standard work on African ornithology for the twenty-first century."
--Christopher Perrins in NATURE
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.
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.
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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Book Description Academic Press, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110121373061
Book Description Academic Press, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Folio. xvii, 724 p. Clean, unmarked pages. Fine binding and cover. Hardcover and dust jacket. Ships daily. This is an oversized or heavy book, that requires additional postage for international delivery outside the US. Bookseller Inventory # 1112150011