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Author: Ber van Perlo

Published: 2009

This is a fully updated edition of the only pocket guide that illustrates and describes all 1,487 bird species of eastern Africa, an area that includes Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, and Yemen's Socotra Island.

This huge region's rich birdlife includes some of the most colorful species anywhere on earth - including ostriches, albatrosses, boobies, lovebirds, parrots, parakeets, kingfishers, and bee-eaters among many more.

The 96 color plates group similar species and subspecies, and the text directly opposite the plates describes each bird's habitat and key physical, behavioral, and vocal characteristics.

Distribution maps show the range and frequency of each species.

This is an indispensable guide for any birder who wants to explore eastern Africa's wealth of birds.


Ber van Perlo has been traveling and living in Africa since 1981. He is the award-winning author and illustrator of Birds of Southern Africa, Birds of Western and Central Africa, and Birds of Mexico and Central America (all Princeton).