571 pages, plates with colour illustrations; colour photos, colour distribution maps
Covering nearly 1,000 species found in southern Africa (south of the Cunene and Zambezi rivers), this 570 page revised edition of Roberts Bird Guide features stunning new artwork detailing seasonal, age and sexual differences in approximately 240 annotated colour plates, updated distribution maps based on current SABAP data, breeding and seasonality bars and concise but informative texts dealing not only with identification but aspects of biology such as food and voice.
Biologically interesting photos have been placed where there is space, a first for illustrated bird guides in the region. New additions to the southern African list (post-2005) have been placed on separate plates at the back of the guide, as well as 20 illustrated species that could potentially be recorded as vagrants to the region, all recorded just north of the Zambezi and Kunene rivers.
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Hugh Chittenden has over 40 years birding experience in the region and his ornithological interests have taken him to many remote places on the African continent and elsewhere in the world. Hugh has a passion for bird photography and is the author of Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa and co-author of the Roberts Kruger National Park Bird Guide. He is currently Chairman of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund.
Greg Davies has been an ornithologist at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History since January 2010. Davies has an MSc (cum laude) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Zoology and previously worked for six years as a curator in Entomology at the Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg. Interested in all aspects of Ornithology, Davies's research has focused on the natural history of African birds. Davies has undertaken ornithological field work in Mozambique, Lesotho (with Durban Natural Science Museum) and throughout South Africa.
Ingrid Weiersbye grew up in Zimbabwe, a country where the natural beauty shaped her deep interest in and love for all aspects of nature. Ingrid has painted professionally and exhibited extensively for 38 years, working in acrylic and oils from her studio in Hilton, KwaZulu-Nstsl. She travels widely, particularly in the rest of Africa to acquaint herself with her photograph subject matter. Ingrid is a Trustee of the JVBBF, for which she has illustrated for the past 12 years.