Working for birds in Africa

Books & Sounds

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 14:13 -- abc_admin

If you are planning to bird in North Africa then a good Western Palearctic guide will suffice. The Collins guide, in any of its forms, or the Lars Jonsson guide are probably the most comprehensive.

You can purchase these and other books from WildSounds, one of the largest specialist UK mail-order companies, via our book and media sales page. Many birdwatchers are not only interested in birds, so we have added the most useful books for other taxa on this page.

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Collins Bird Guide (2nd edition), Lars Svensson, Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterström, HarperCollins, Softback, Hardback and Large format hardback.
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The most complete field guide to the birds of Britain, Europe, North Africa, most of the Middle East, the Canaries and Madeira. Written by one of Europe's leading ornithologists Lars Svensson (with a translation by David Christie) and illustrated by two of the world's finest bird illustrators - Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterström. This book provides all the information needed to identify any species at any time of year, with detailed text on size, habitat, range, identification and voice.

Accompanying every species entry is a distribution map and colour illustrations (over 3500 in all) to show the species in all the major plumages (male, female, immature, in flight, at rest, feeding). The book is fully integrated, so that all this information appears on one spread, the ideal structure for use in the field. Each group of birds has an introduction, which covers the major problems involved in identifying or seeing them: how to organise a sea watching trip, how to separate birds of prey in flight, which duck hybrids can be confused with which species, etc.

The combination of definitive text, up-to-date distribution maps and superb illustrations, all in a single volume, makes this book the ultimate field guide, essential on every bookshelf and birdwatching trip.

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Birds of Europe with North Africa & The Middle East, Lars Jonsson, Helm, Softback and Hardback.
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Still one of the better field guides. Covers all but a few of the Western Palearctic's breeding birds. 400 superb colour plates by the author Lars Jonsson.

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A Birdwatchers' Guide to Morocco, Patrick & Fedora Bergier, Prion, Softback.
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2004. Revised, expanded second edition of this essential site guide. 172 pages.

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The Birds of Morocco, Michael Thevenot, Rae Vernon, Patrick Bergier, British Ornithologists Union, Hardback.
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BOU Checklist 20. Covers 500 species recorded in Morocco, which holds over 200 breeding species and 19 endemic subspecies in habitats as diverse as the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastal wetlands to the High Atlas Mountains. An extensive introduction includes sections on the general history of Morocco; a detailed history of ornithology in the country; climate; flora and vegetation; geography and habitats; breeding species; migration; wintering birds; endemism and conservation. 670 pages.

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Bird Songs of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Andreas Schulze & Karl-Heinz Dingler, Edition Ample, 2 MP3 Discs.
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2,817 sound recordings of the songs, calls and other sounds of 819 bird species. The birds are systematically arranged so similar species can be easily compared.

MP3 Tags include the French, German, English and scientific name although this information is not easily accessible and it is difficult to navigate through the sounds using this information. The MP3 product still requires the use of the booklets for indexing and explanatory notes. A printed index in German, English and French is provided (although the English index uses the complete name so "Long-tailed Duck" is indexed under "L" and not "D" as in "Duck, Long-tailed"). A booklet providing details of the recordings is available on the DVD in PDF format.

Each bird species has one to five separate, consecutive tracks or MP3 files. This enables you to choose the calls separately from the songs, for example, which in practice brings obvious advantages.

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Bird Sounds of Europe & North-west Africa, Jean C. Roché & Jérôme Chevereau, WildSounds, Boxed 10 CD Set.
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Reprinting due to popular demand! Songs and calls of 483 species and sub-species, with longer and more extensive vocalisations than previous CD publications. Species are in systematic order and are indexed by track number only and not interrupted by announcements. Each CD is fully indexed on the sleeve by track/species order as well as by species name (common and alternative). Accompanying 48 page booklet is fully indexed by scientific, common and alternative names and provides details of the type and duration of the sounds. Plays for almost 12 hours!

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Birds of North-West Africa, Jean C Roché, Jérôme Chevereau, Sittelle, CD.
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Contains the songs and calls of 52 carefully chosen species and interesting sub-species variations. The area covered includes Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco south to the Sahara, encompassing the Atlas Mountains. The species are indexed for instant access. A stereo concert, from the extraordinary temporary lakes that develop in Morocco every ten years or so, precedes the sound guide. Only on CD.

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