The Birds of Africa, Volume 4: Broadbills to Chats
Christopher Helm has announced it will be reprinting The Birds of Africa, Volume 4: Broadbills to Chats, which was originally published in 1992 and has been out of print for years. Please note that this reprint does not contain any new content. This volume can also be purchased as part of an 8-volume set.
This definitive and authoritative volume covers the first 312 of the 1200 or so passerine species which occur in continental Africa and the outlying islands. As in the first three volumes of The Birds of Africa, each breeding species receives full coverage with sections on range and status, description, voice, general habits, food, and breeding biology. Non-breeding visitors are treated more briefly. The text concentrates on the bird's status and biology while in Africa. Range maps are given for each bird and super species maps are shown where appropriate. Large color plates, illustrated by Martin Woodcock, show the birds and adopt a more formal, field-guide style to emphasize the identification points of the more difficult groups. Ian Willis' line drawings elaborate on displays and patterns of behavior described in the text. The beauty and scholarship of this The Birds of Africa, Volume 4: Broadbills to Chats must ensure it a place on every ornithologist's bookshelf.