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Here is the ultimate field guide to Botswana's stunningly diverse birdlife. Covering all 597 species recorded to date, Birds of Botswana features more than 1,200 superb colour illustrations, detailed species accounts, seasonality and breeding bars, and a colour distribution map for each species.
Drawing on the latest regional and national data, Birds of Botswana highlights the best birding areas in Botswana, provides helpful tips on where and when to see key species, and depicts special races and morphs specific to Botswana. This is the first birding guide written by a Botswana-based ornithologist and the only one dedicated specifically to Botswana. Portable and easy to use, Birds of Botswana is the essential travel companion for anyone visiting this remarkable country.
Botswana at a glance 9
Biogeographic context 10
Vegetation and habitat types 11
Overview of Botswana's birds 17
Where to see birds in Botswana 17
How to use this book 20
BirdLife Botswana 22
Bird Topography 26
Species Accounts 28-383
Appendix of Additional Species 384
Species Index 386
About the Author & Illustrator 398
Peter Hancock is a field biologist whose work as a professional conservationist has taken him to virtually every corner of Botswana over the past twenty-five years. His books include Birds of the Okavango and the Chobe Companion.
Ingrid Weiersbye is a freelance wildlife artist based in South Africa. She is the illustrator and coauthor of Roberts Geographic Variation of Southern African Birds.
"[...] Ingrid Weiersbye is the sole artist and has admirably illustrated the avifauna of the country. It is immediately obvious that she is very familiar with the birds that she has painted. The illustrations are clean, clear and precise, on a white background, with the species separated from each other by thin, straight black lines. [...] Opposite the plates lie the species accounts, with large, clear distribution maps [...] The text, written by Peter Hancock, is thorough and informative, with a great deal of information provided in the relatively small space available. There are generally three or four species per page, occasionally two or five, and at no time does the book feel crowded or pressed for space."
– Nik Borrow, Bulletin of the African Bird Club, 24(1), March 2017
"I found this guide to be of the highest quality. The content is well organized and well written, the scholarship is sound, and the illustrations are excellent."
– Stephanie J. Tyler, BirdLife Botswana