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Birding crème de la crème: Africa – Ngorongoro Crater to Queen Elizabeth II National Park

10,000 Birds

From: Walter Jetz (2012): Report on the vulnerability of East African biodiversity to climate change: Integrating the knowledge base on VETERBRATES, Report of Phase I activities. The best season for the north-west circuit is February to May, during the rains when most birds breed.

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Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America: A Book Review by a Sound Challenged Birder

10,000 Birds

It is unclear which taxonomy is being followed here; it appears to be loosely based on the American Birding Association July 2016 checklist (based on AOU taxonomy) with a few switches in family order (Verdin after Bushtit, for example) and some rearrangements of species; in both cases, I think the idea is to rearrange the space to allow for longer descriptions or to position similar species next to each other.

2017 63
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Britain’s Birds: An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

The 4-page introductory material to “Waders,” for example, discusses factors to keep in mind when identifying shorebirds (breeding and nonbreeding plumage, age, migration timing, molt), gives examples of diverse shorebird bill lengths and shapes, delineates the anatomy of the shorebird, and succinctly describes the common characteristics of subgroups (plovers, turnstone, sandpipers, godwits, curlews and whimbrels, snipe and woodcock, phalaropes).

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The Crossley ID Guide: Britain & Ireland — A Review of the Book

10,000 Birds

I knew I would not be seeing the bird in its rosy-breasted breeding plumage, but somehow seeing the bird in all its forms helped crystallize its appearance in my head. The images and text provide a context for understanding a bird’s appearance and habitat; the beginning and intermediate birder can then observe the bird in the field, and build on this knowledge base. or birds that look very different in their breeding and non-breeding plumages (Shorebirds!

2013 61
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The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition: A Review of an Iconic Guide in a New Edition

10,000 Birds

In Sibley Two, the in-flight images literally fly across the page in slight diagonals, with the full-bodied images are presented below in a parallel order (meaning we see the same bird–fresh juvenile, worn juvenile, 1st year, Adult breeding, Adult nonbreeding–in the same part of the page for each species). Told from Forster’s by slightly slimmer proportions, darker gray upperwing; in breeding plumage gray belly; in nonbreeding plumages dark hindcrown, dark carpal-bar.

2014 82