In this book, you'll find 321 sound recordings, 100 sonograms, two colour plates by Killian Mullarney (for Seebohm’s Wheatears and Dunn’s Larks) and 161 colour photographs. All presented and remembered through personal stories and explanations about the bird sounds in the Maghreb region. The title of the book refers to The Sound Approach sharing sounds and experiences with birders visiting or resident in Morocco and neighbouring countries. But there’s also a more romantic notion to ‘sharing the birds’ since Morocco has such an important role as a temporary home for a great many migrant and wintering birds from western Europe. It means that many bird species of Morocco and Europe are interconnected. Indeed, huge numbers of European migrants spend months in Morocco, and they may be quite familiar with the sounds of local breeders of deserts, high mountains or argan, cedar and oak woods.
As opposed to previous books that included CDs, this book comes with a 16 gigabyte USB key (you will find it attached to the book ribbon) containing all 321 sound recordings from the book, as well as a ‘Key Species Guide to the birds of Maghreb’ featuring 573 recordings from 141 species, together with a text-only PDF for captions. These complete the sound overview of important species of the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia). The USB key contains both a set of high-quality files for listening with headphones and a set of smaller-sized files for mobile devices. On top of that, there are also ePUB3-booklets with the 573 ‘Maghreb key species’ sounds. These can be uploaded to your phone and have interactive play buttons for direct access to the sounds and captions detailing the recording and a photo. They can be read and listened to with an interactive ePUB3 reader like iBooks (Apple iOS) or Lithium (Android). All for easy learning and enjoying the sounds of the region’s most special species.
- Detailed bird sound explanations of all larks, wheatears, sandgrouse and nightjars.
- Recordings illustrated with photographs of the very birds, plus Killian Mullarney’s plates of the African Dunn’s Lark and Seebohm’s Wheatear.
- Stories of species quietly slipping into extinction in our lifetime, as in Slender-billed Curlew, Northern Bald Ibis, Houbara Bustard and Andalusian Buttonquail
- New sound identification criteria for Maghreb species such as cisticolas, scrub warblers and chaffinches
- Sounds of stunning birds such as Black-crowned Tchagra, Cricket Warbler and Desert Sparrow.
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