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Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Second Edition | Book

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Authors: Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan

Published: 2010

Birds of Africa south of the Sahara provides unrivalled coverage of African birds in a single volume, and is the only book to describe and illustrate all of the birds found in Africa south of the Sahara Desert (the Afrotropic Region), including Socotra, Pemba and islands in the Gulf of Guinea. Madagascar is, however, not included.

Despite its exceptional coverage, this guide is compact enough to use in the field, and follows the standard field guide format, with texts and range maps appearing opposite the color plates.

Comprehensively revised to reflect changes in taxonomy.

Illustrations show most distinctive plumages, diagnostic flight patterns and major geographic variants.


Peter Ryan is Director of the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town. Seabirds are Peter's special area of interest. He is a keen bird photographer, has travelled widely in pursuit of birds and has authored several key books on the subject, with particular reference to the various sub-Antarctic islands of the region.

Ian Sinclair is recognised as one of Africa’s foremost field birders and has led many expeditions to find and research birds. He is the most published author on the birds of Africa and its adjacent islands and has written over 20 bird books.