This spectacular new edition of the best-selling Helm field guide of all time covers all resident, migrant and vagrant species found in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. All ,1448 species recorded in the region are illustrated with full details of all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered. Concise text describes the identification, racial variation, status, range, habitat, and voice, with fully updated range maps for each species.
This second edition covers 1,448 species, which represents around 70% of the birds that have been recorded in sub-Saharan Africa. Recent taxonomic changes include the creation of three new families: Modulatricidae, Nicatoridae, and Hyliotidae. In the first edition, the taxonomy and nomenclature were largely based on the East African list that was published in 1980 (Britton, P. L. 1980, Birds of East Africa, East Africa Natural History Society). Since the growth in birding and citizen science worldwide has seen the emergence of four major global lists: the IOC World Bird List, the Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World, the eBird/Clemenh Checklist of Birds of the World (in collaboration with Cornell University), and the HBW (Handbook of the Birds of the World) and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist. All of these lists are compared online by the comprehensive and regularly updated resource, Avibase. While taking close account of the first edition and the three other global lists, the authors have chosen to base the majority of this revised Birds of East Africa on the HBW/BirdLife taxonomy and nomenclature. Throughout, they have provided alternative common names, as well as explaining any scientific name in notes.
For the maps in this edition, the authors have moved from single-colour interpretations of range, to the widely used colour codes of green, yellow and blue, to provide more detailed information on the distributions of resident and migrant birds In addition, the base map outlines now include major rivers and highland areas above 2,000 m are shaded in grey.
Between them the authors have 40 years of experience leading bird tous and conducting conservation work in the region.
"[...] This second edition of a guide initially published in 2004 is a hefty tome, hardly a surprise when it covers 1448 resident birds, migrants and vagrants. As the authors note, that total represents 70% of all the species recorded in sub-Saharan Africa. The illustrators are to be commended not only for the superb quality of the drawings, these including breeding and juvenile plumage where necessary, but for surviving the monumental task of producing them. [...] Excellent and thoroughly recommended."
– Richard Sale, Ibis
"[...] Although there are numerous field guides now available only a few African books reach the high standard that we to see. The second edition of Birds of East Africa is one of those, and will undoubtedly become the field guide of choice for most birders visiting Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda or Burundi, and will also prove useful in adjacent countries. Most birders who have already birded in East Africa will probably have a copy of the first (2002) edition. At first glance, one may think that not much has changed between editions, but very significant improvements have been made to the artwork, there are completely new maps, and of course there is an updated taxonomy. Inaccuracies in the first edition have been corrected [...] this really is an excellent guide, significantly different from the first edition and certainly invaluable on your next visit to East Africa.[...]"
– Frank Lambert, Bulletin of African Bird Club 28(1), March 2021