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Almost a quarter of Southern Africa's bird species, and half of its endemics, are Little Brown Jobs (LBJs). All birders experience some degree of trepidation when confronted by Ornithologicum nightmariensis, and this potentially confusing group is shunned by most beginners and many experienced birders too. However, LBJs include some of the region's most spectacular, thrilling, interesting, sought-after and memorable birds. This eagerly anticipated new book, four years in the making, will not only help you to confidently identify LBJs, but also understand and enjoy these remarkable birds.
- Includes more than 230 species of LBJs.
- Over 1200 superb original paintings by the author.
- Innovative design and layout to facilitate identification.
- Lifelike thumbnail illustrations show the bird in its typical habitat and as it really looks in the field.
- Juveniles and important subspecies depicted throughout.
- In-flight illustrations, from above and below.
- Detailed, multi-colour distribution maps compiled from the latest atlas data, and including subspecies and abundance.
- Fascination insights into LBJ biology, classification and names.
- Useful tips and techniques to help you find and identify LBJs.
"[...] a magnificent product. The quality and detail of the illustrations, the background habitat paintings and the extent of the research all contribute to something extraordinarily exceptional."
- Stephan Terblanche
"The quality is incredible: Faansie must be congratulated on his amazing dedication and the high standards of this project!"
- Callan Cohen
"[...] I have never seen drawings of challenging birds as astute and detailed as those in Chamberlain's LBJs before"
- Frank Rheindt
"I am very impressed, and look forward hugely to seeing it on the bookshelves. Definitely a winner!"
- John Graham
"[...] an overwhelming vote of confidence in the superbly illustrated and detailed species accounts. Not only did I find the content throughout highly informative but delightful and easy to read and digest as well. It is without doubt a superb reference. A considerable amount of time and conscious investigative effort has been allocated to shaping the text to ensure each species has been covered in comprehensive detail."
- Patrick Cardwell
"Wow – a most impressive achievement! The artwork is superb and remarkably lifelike. I love the habitat backgrounds, so fitting for each species and giving wonderful atmosphere. Brilliant stuff!"
- Greg Davies