Working for birds in Africa

A Guide to Endemic Birds of Ethiopia and Eritrea

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 13:32 -- abc_admin
Jose Luis Vivero Pol. 2001. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Shama Books. 80pp. 40 colour photographs. Paperback. US$15. Available from the publishers at PO Box 8153, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, or New Line Press, USA.
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This well-produced book begins with eight pages of general information on the endemic avifauna of these two countries, very briefly covering conservation, distribution, threats and taxonomy. It continues with a double spread for each of the 30 endemic bird species recognised. All bar White-throated Serin Serinus xanthopygius are illustrated with one or two colour photographs, although only the wing of Nechisar Nightjar Caprimulgus solala is shown, as this is all that is known of the species. The photographs vary in quality, but to have compiled such a collection is an impressive feat, and immediately makes this a valuable book. Species accounts include a brief description, and paragraphs on habitat, distribution, general habits, breeding habits, threats, IUCN status category and references. A distribution map is given for each species, showing the range in relation to the highland areas. As a whole, this book is a useful compilation of material on a group of species which are sought after by birders, in several cases threatened, and missing from most current field guides.

Roger Safford

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