Working for birds in Africa

Mapping Afrotropical birds: links between atlas studies and conservation priority analyses

p 93-98

Maps of bird distribution intrinsically appeal to scientists and birders alike, but are also fundamental for attempts to assess the distribution of avian biodiversity. Distributional maps of African birds are found in many field guides, in major studies on the avifauna of Africa, and in a number of country bird-based atlases. Bird mapping is also being turned into a scientific art-form in the Atlas of the Birds of Southern Africa, to be produced by the Avian Demography Unit in the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and the data generated are being used for analytical studies.

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