Working for birds in Africa

Waterbird Population Estimates - Fourth Edition

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 12:23 -- abc_admin
Simon Delany & Derek Scott (compilers and editors), 2006. Wageningen: Wetlands International. 240pp, many colour photographs and maps. Softback. ISBN 90–5882–031–9. UK£25.
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This book does exactly what it says on the cover! The cover photograph of part of a flock of 2.88 million Oriental Pratincoles Glareola maldivarum at 80 Mile Beach, north-west Australia, on 7 February 2004, represented a 38-fold increase in the estimate for this species' population, thereby setting the scene for the rest of the book. Compiled by an impressive list of individuals and groups, the book provides a distribution map for each species along with information on the size of the different subspecies/ populations, its trend and the data source. Previous editions of this work have been essential references for assessing population change amongst African waterbirds, and the latest update continues that trend.

Phil Atkinson

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