The Southern African Birdfinder

Where to Find 1,400 Bird Species in Southern Africa and Madagascar

Callan Cohen, Jonathan Roussouw, Claire Spottiswoode

The essential companion to all local bird field guides, this book fills a gap in the market for a comprehensive guide to the region's top birding spots and to finding southern Africa and Madagascar's most desirable birds.
Date Published :
March 2007
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Illustration :
Photographs, maps
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781868727254
Pages : 448
Dimensions : 8.25 X 5.75 inches
Stock Status : In stock


The authors outline and describe 39 key bird routes and more than 330 birding sites (and their associated birds) across South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and the little-documented but increasingly popular areas of Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi. All sites are ranked into one of three categories of priority: essential (the region’s best), excellent (top sites but expendable to a time-limited visitor) and local interest (ideal for those looking for new areas to explore). Sites include practical details of access, best times to visit, habitat diversity and the birds that occur there and general natural history; the more important sites feature a detailed map. A guide to finding the region’s top 150 birds and an annotated checklist conclude the book.

About The Author

Callan Cohen is Director of Birding Africa, a specialist bird tour company, and was the youngest person at the time to see the landmark 800 bird species in southern Africa. He is the co-author of Essential Birding, Western South Africa (2000) with Claire Spottiswoode.

Claire Spottiswoode is a Doctoral student at Cambridge University, with a strong interest in evolutionary biology. She has professionally led birding tours for the foreign market on a part-time basis and these activities have afforded her intimate knowledge of the region’s best birding sites.

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