Birds of Western Africa – book review
By Gabriel Thoumi
The Birds of Western Africa: Second Edition is a fully updated and comprehensive expansion of the first edition, which was the winner of the 2004 Best Bird Book – Africa, Worldtwitch. This revised second edition, which is both compact and lightweight, is a must for any naturalist or scientist working in the region.
The Birds of Western Africa: Second Edition is authoritative and easy to use. It is the most up-to-date field guide available for bird species from Senegal and southern Mauritania to Chad in the northeast and Congo in the south. It has detailed descriptions of 1,285 birds alongside over 3,000 illustrations. Each bird species includes juvenile and adult illustrations and, in some cases, flight and variant illustrations.
Information on habitat, abundance, and endangered species status according to IUCN Red List is also provided. Given that the book covers such a large collection of birds, it is remarkable in its economy and usefulness of information.
The Birds of Western Africa: Second Edition is a must-have for any naturalist or scientist who is focused on West Africa.
How to order:
The Birds of Western Africa: Second Edition
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Author: Nik Borrow & Ron Demey
Gabriel Thoumi, CFA, Certified Ecologist, is a frequent contributor to Mongabay.com.