Monday, April 21, 2014

New Africa Book of the Day - 21 April 2014

The Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa: Second Edition by Ian Sinclair, Phil Hockey, Warwick Tarboton, and Peter Ryan

Release Date: April 25, 2014
Publisher: Random House Struik

This new larger edition is based on the recently updated fourth edition of the standard-format Sasol Birds of Southern Africa.

The region’s best-selling, most comprehensively illustrated and trusted field guide, it offers: Rewritten species accounts, now with group introductions; Newly designed plates for ease of use and comparison; More than 380 new improved illustrations; Illustrations with simplified labels, pinpointing key differentiating features; Updated distribution maps showing relative abundance and indicating resident or migrant status; Calendar bars showing species’ occurrence and breeding periods, and sonograms depicting the calls of difficult-to-distinguish birds that have distinctive calls.

The larger format allows for better appreciation and easier use of the plates.

Ian Sinclair is author of Birds of Southern Africa Pocket Guide (2011). Phil Hockey wrote the 2001 book, African Penguin: A Natural History. Warwick Tarboton is author of Roberts Guide to the Nests and Eggs of Southern African Birds (2011). Peter Ryan wrote Wild South: Hunting and fly-fishing the southern hemisphere (Kindle edition, 2013).