Sasol’s Larger Illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa

Phil Hockey, Peter Ryan, Ian Sinclair, Warwick Tarboton

The region's most comprehensively illustrated guide, newly revised
Date Published :
April 2014
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
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ISBN : 9781775840992

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This new larger edition is based on the recently updated fourth edition of the standard-format Sasol Birds of Southern Africa. The region’s best-selling, most comprehensively illustrated and trusted field guide, it offers: Rewritten species accounts, now with group introductions; Newly designed plates for ease of use and comparison; More than 380 new improved illustrations; Illustrations with simplified labels, pinpointing key differentiating features; Updated distribution maps showing relative abundance and indicating resident or migrant status; Calendar bars showing species’ occurrence and breeding periods, and sonograms depicting the calls of difficult-to-distinguish birds that have distinctive calls. The larger format allows for better appreciation and easier use of the plates.

About The Author

PHIL HOCKEY was a leading international specialist on birds and Director of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town. He was a recognized authority on the biology of southern African birds, with a special interest in coastal and migratory species. He wrote several books, among them Waders of Southern Africa and Beautiful Birds of Southern Africa, and was Editor-in-chief of the 7th edition of Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa.

Peter Ryan is Director of the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town. Seabirds are Peter's special area of interest. He is a keen bird photographer, has travelled widely in pursuit of birds and has authored several key books on the subject, with particular reference to the various subantarctic islands of the region.

Ian Sinclair is recognised as one of Africa’s foremost fi eld birders and has led many expeditions to find and research birds. He is the most published author on the birds of Africa and its adjacent islands and has written over 20 bird books.

Warwick Tarboton is a recognised ornithologist who has produced a number of well-received books, and has been awarded the Gill Memorial Medal for services to ornithology.


"The Larger illustrated Guide to Birds of Southern Africa by Sinclair, Hockey, Tarboton, and Ryan is a second and much larger edition of this already famous guide to birds in the lower regions of Africa, including Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and South Africa. The region includes birds around the Indian Ocean as well as The Atlantic Ocean. The huge compendium is the recognized Bird-Watchers guide par excellence. The hundreds of birds are classified by size, wingspan, weight, region, and beautiful full-color pictures help identify every bird and place it with its relatives. It is a magnanimous work! Excellent!!"

- Bonnie Neely, Real Travel Adventures

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