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Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi. Second Edition (Princeton Field Guides) | Book

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Authors: Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe

Published: 2020

This is a fully revised and updated new edition of the award-winning, best-selling field guide to the birds of East Africa, first published in 2002 by the same authors.

Birds of East Africa is widely regarded as one of the best field guides to any region of the world.

Named a BirdTwitch Best Bird Book of the year for Africa when it was first published, it has become the go-to guide for anyone visiting this spectacular birding region, which is home to a remarkably diverse and colorful birdlife.

I personally consider it the second-best field guide for Kenya (after Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania) and the best that covers the entire East Africa region.

This indispensable guide has been fully revised and updated to make it even better.

Featuring revised text and distribution maps, the latest taxonomy, and much more, this comprehensive but compact guide describes and illustrates 1,448 species - all the resident, migrant, and vagrant birds known from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi - in convenient facing-page layout.

Featuring 289 color plates with more than 3,500 painstakingly rendered images, the guide depicts all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered.

Introductory sections include information on conservation and where to send records, as well as maps of important bird areas.

More than ever, this is the must-have guide for birding in East Africa.


Terry Stevenson has lived in Kenya since 1977. He is one of Africa’s foremost bird tour guides and is a member of the East African Rarities Committee.

John Fanshawe is an author and environmentalist who has worked on bird and biodiversity conservation in East Africa since 1981, primarily for BirdLife International.

Renowned authorities on the birds of Africa, Stevenson and Fanshawe are also the authors, with Nigel Redman, of Birds of the Horn of Africa (Princeton).