Birds of the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Socotra

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A&C Black, May 11, 2009 - Science - 496 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Acknowledgements
10
How To Use This Book
11
Bird Identification
18
Bird Topography
21
Glossary
23
Geography Climate and Habitats
26
Important Bird Areas
30
Species Accounts
33
Checklist of the Birds of the Horn of Africa
461
Appendix 1 Species Endemic to the Horn of Africa
473
Appendix 2 Hypothetical Species
476
References and Further Reading
477
Index
479
Quick Index to the Main Groups of Birds
496
Copyright

Organisations and Websites
32

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About the author (2009)

Nigel Redman is a publisher and bird tour leader who has visited eastern Africa more than 20 times. He is also co-author (with Simon Harrap) of Where to Watch Birds in Britain. Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe are the authors of the Helm Field Guide Birds of East Africa, and between them have over 50 years' experience in leading bird tours and conducting conservation work in the region.

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