Comme bien souvent en Afrique, l'observateur se retrouve très souvent isolé lorsqu'il part à la découverte de la faune. Il est alors nécessaire de disposer d'un guide exhaustif permettant d'identifier les très nombreuses espèces d'oiseaux qui vivent dans ces contrées. Des grands espaces arides de Djibouti, aux hauts plateaux éthiopiens culminant à plus de 4000 m, ce guide vous abandonnera jamais. Chaque espèce y est clairement illustrée et décrite, permettant ainsi de mieux connaître le comportement et l'aire de répartition de celle-ci. Son seul défaut pour un francophone et d'être entièrement rédigé en anglais. Mais cet inconvénient se fait rapidement oublier tant ce guide devient vite l'indispensable compagnon de toute sortie, de toute promenade. En Éthiopie, il est très souvent détenu par les guides qui vous accompagnent lors de vos déplacements au sein des différentes réserves. Pour tout amateur de l'observation des oiseaux qui se rend dans cette région c'est un guide à acquérir sans aucune hésitation. Il faudra cependant penser à établir une liste de correspondance entre les noms anglais et les noms français des oiseaux observés. Cela peut se faire très facilement sur le Web à partir d'un site très connu qui dresse la liste des oiseaux observables par pays dans un tableau incluant les noms en anglais en latin et en français.
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Excellent plates makes it a must-have for birding in the region28 mai 2009
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Basics: 2009, softcover, 496pp, field/identification guide, 213 color plates of all 1,000+ species in the region; range maps
This is another top quality book produced by the authors for the eastern region of Africa. Upon opening this book, you'll recognize many of the plates from their earlier work, "Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa" (see #6 below). You'll also see many new plates along with modifications of prior ones.
The artistry is very good, easily making this book equal to or better than any other field guide on African birds. The 213 color plates illustrate all 1,000+ species found in the four "Horn" countries of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia (plus the island of Socotra, which belongs to Yemen). Nearly every bird is shown with multiple (2-5) drawings that display excellent detail. The Yellow Wagtail has 13 different illustrations that compare the wide variation of this species. The plates do a great job at showing variations between genders, ages, and subspecies. I especially appreciated the extra effort that went into separating out the many subspecies. Additional focus seems to have been given to in-flight poses for many of the non-passerines.
A brief paragraph is given for each bird across from its illustration. Although the amount of text may seem light, the information is very informative, to the point, and precise. About 80% of the information is on identification. A couple more lines are dedicated to habitat, distribution notes, and voice. You may want to take note of the font size, which is small and thin; consequently, you might want to have your reading glasses handy.
The range maps - one for each bird - shows the resident, breeding, and non-breeding ranges in three different colors. These maps reflect the bird's range within only the four countries and artificially stop at the political borders. The maps show very good detail; however, this is sometimes difficult to make out due to the shaded highland regions in the background and to the rather faint gray boundaries that separate the countries. Ranges of birds with a very restricted distribution (e.g., Sidamo Lark, Ash's Lark, Djibouti Francolin, Black-backed Cisticola) can be difficult to see with just a small dot representing the range. Inserting an arrow would have been helpful. Making a more prominent note of the 70+ endemics would also have been appreciated, versus simply burying the word "endemic" within the text.
In case you're wondering if you would need this book over the authors' prior book for East Africa, the answer is "Yes, if you are visiting any of these four countries." Twenty percent of the birds found in the Horn are not in the other book. Also, when there is overlap of the species between the two regions, the authors' have modified the plates to reflect the plumages of the local subspecies.
This is a superb guide that will be essential for birding in these countries. Being the only complete book for this region makes it even more indispensible.
1) Birds of Ethiopia and Eritrea by Atkins/Ash 2) Ethiopia's Endemic Birds by Urban 3) A Guide to Endemic Birds of Ethiopia and Eritrea by Pol 4) Ethiopia: In Search of Endemic Birds by Francis 5) Birds of Somalia by Ash 6) Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Stevenson 7) Birds of Africa South of the Sahara by Sinclair/Ryan 8) Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman 9) A Checklist of the Birds of Ethiopia by Urban (written by Soleglad at Avian Review or Avian Books, May 2009)
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Birds of the Horn of Africa29 mars 2010
Ted W. Peterson
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This is another excellent bird guide by the authors. On a recent trip to Ethiopia, I found this book to be an indispensable companion. The drawings are outstanding as is the text on each bird. The range maps and in particular the elevation guides were very helpful in this geographically variable country. The details of this guide are well covered in previous reviews and this book would be a welcome addition to the library of those who love to travel in Africa. I left this guide with our local semi-bird guide to encourage his growth in birding. He was both emotional and appreciative to receive this book. I bought a new one on my arrival home. Ted Peterson Lynnwood WA USA
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Excellent book19 mars 2011
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Like an idiot, I didn't buy a bird book BEFORE my trip to Ethiopia. Upon returning home I bought this book and I'm successfully using it to ID the birds I saw on my trip, based on my photographs and notes. A very user friendly layout with intuitively displayed range information.
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Excellent Reference Guide1 juin 2012
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I've been using this book while working and traveling in the Horn of Africa. It has been very useful ... I really like the layout--the pictures are excellent representations of the species (and as one reviewer noted, subspecies). The flight profiles and range maps have been key to my identifying some birds--the hardest birds to identify I find are the plain ones and this book does a very good job of describing and showing the subtle variations required for positive identification. My copy is now dog-eared, coffee-stained, and marked up ... After 3 months, the binding is coming loose somewhat but the pages are still stitched in pretty well. It's been stuffed in backpacks, thrown on hot dashes, tossed around in a dive bag on the beach--so it's holding up very well all things considered!
If you are coming this way and you like birds, it's the book for you! Highly recommend.
The essential guide to the avifauna of this region5 février 2013
Mike "Madbirder" Nelson
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This guide covers the countries of Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Ethiopia with the island of Socotra. Given the high level of endemism and that fact that this area is little covered by other filed guides this has been a long time coming.
A map greets you inside the cover and then the contents pages showing which pages families of birds can be found on. Next, pages on how to use the book, maps, bird identification, moult and glossary are covered. Then an informative section on geography, climate and habitats followed by a list of important bird areas all illustrated with informative maps.
The main body of the book covers 213 plates. The illustrations are very good and not too crowded with the exception of few plates that illustrate birds in flight like ducks and raptors and most of these have nice lines between the species so you can tell which illustrations go with which species. Most species are illustrated with both male and female plumage or juvenile and subspecies plumage where relevant. The illustrations are nice and bright with good details and the colors and sharp and consistent throughout.
Each plate is faced with the species accounts, each having their own range map showing the region and major mountain ranges with several colors for migrants, residents, partial migrants and low occurrence species and one offs.
The descriptions are detailed and cover several plumages where relevant and subspecies where these are necessary, like the wagtails for example. There are usually some notes on comparative species where this is relevant. Habitat and Habits includes endemics in caps and also includes notes on status and occurrence.
This is followed by a description of voice including calls and songs and then by occasional notes on taxonomy and alternate names.
There is a checklist of the species found in the horn of Africa as well as an appendix on endemic and near endemic species with another on hypothetical species.
Overall this is a very good book and a nice continuation of the regions work by the some of the authors. Considering the desire to visit this part of the world, especially Ethiopia with it many endemics, it's good to see one of the first complete guides on this region to be of such high caliber. It is also not overly large and will be easy to carry in the field. The text might be a bit small for some peoples liking but that is one of the few things to detract from this guide.