Language: Bilingual in English and French
Birds of Libya / Oiseaux de Libye is written in English and French and is an annotated checklist of the 350 bird species (of which 100 are currently breeding) recorded in Libya. This North African country is mostly a Saharan country and its avifauna belongs to the Palearctic. It gives information on the geography and climate, a comprehensive list of all the recorded bird species of wild origin, a biogeographical analysis of the breeding species and the place of Libya in the Mediterranean and Palearctic–Afrotropical migration systems. The annotated checklist provides data on the species' status, phenology, distribution, habitat, nesting and the origin of migrants and winter visitors. A list of references and a gazetteer close the book. Birds of Libya / Oiseaux de Libye is the result of cooperation between ornithologists from Libya, France, Germany and Tunisia.
Summary in French:
Ce livre bilingue Anglais-Français est une liste commentée des 350 espèces (dont 100 sont nicheuses) observées jusqu’ici en Libye. Ce pays d’Afrique du Nord est surtout saharien et son avifaune appartient au Paléarctique. L’ouvrage fournit des informations sur la géographie et le climat, une liste complète de toutes les espèces d’oiseaux observés d’origine sauvage, une analyse biogéographique des oiseaux nicheurs et la place de la Libye dans le système des migrations en Méditerranée et entre Eurasie et l’Afrique. La liste commentée donne des informations sur le statut des espèces, leur phénologie, la distribution, les habitats, la reproduction et l’origine géographique des migrateurs et des hivernants. Une liste de références et un index des localités géographiques terminent le livre qui est le fruit d’une coopération entre ornithologues de Libye, France, Allemagne et Tunisie.
"Publications about Libyan birds do not turn up very often, making the appearance of this handsome book most welcome. [...] The quality of the photographs and their superb reproduction has been a feature of this mini-series of checklists. This present volume does not disappoint, although I did not care for a couple of images that had been inelegantly manipulated to include two or three different birds in a single frame. Maps are provided for just 34 or the breeding species. These are useful, but I would like to have seen maps for all of the breeding species, and perhaps regular migrants too. However, Libya is not a frequently visited country, so presumably the available information was too incomplete to produce meaningful maps for every species. Unfortunately, the maps are located within the photo sections rather than in the species accounts, but they are cross-referenced. This is a very welcome addition to the ornithological literature of North Africa, and is highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the region."
– Nigel Redman, Bulletin of the African Bird Club, 24(2), September 2017
"From Mauritania in the west to Egypt in the east, the fascinating birdlife of North Africa has been documented in increasing detail in recent years, and this new work on Libya fills the last gap on the regional map. Much of this effort is down to the work of Paul Isenmann, who with various co-authors has previously published on the birds of Mauritania, Tunisia and Algeria, and who now adds Libya to his list of credits. [...] With the systematic list supplemented by introductory sections on geography and climate, history of local ornithology, biogeographical analysis of breeding birds, migration systems and birds and Man, this comprehensive and well-illustrated volume is a welcome summary of Libya's birdlife, even if a few of the more obscure records should perhaps be treated with caution."
– Dominic Mitchell, 31/03/2017, BirdGuides