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Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania | Book

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Authors: Dale A. Zimmerman, David J. Pearson and Donald A. Turner

Published: 1999

This field guide is an abridged edition of the very successful Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania written by the same authors and published in 1996.

It is my top recommendation among the field guides available for Kenya's birds. It is a must have when it comes to books for birders in Kenya.

I find it to have the most accurate and life-like illustrations among all of the available field guides that cover the birds of Kenya.

1089 species occuring in Kenya (actually more, considering that several have been split since the book was published) and an additional 34 northern Tanzanian species not found in Kenya are covered in the book.

This book combines the format and detailed treatment of the larger version with the convenience of a field guide.

All the species are illustrated with full details of all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered. Concise text describes identification, status, range, habits and voice with range maps.

The range descriptions and maps are much more detailed than those of the other field guides and include exact localities, as well as breeding/non-breeding ranges.

There are also detailed illustrations and descriptions of the nests for weavers and relatives.

The book is available in paperback, hardcover and Kindle versions.