Wednesday, April 4, 2012
1) Little, Rob and Tim Crowe. Gamebirds of Southern Africa (2nd edition). 2011. Struik Nature. Hardbound: 135 pages. Price: $33.95 U.S.
SUMMARY: This lavish book presents the 21 upland gamebird species from southern Africa: francolins and spurfowls (12 species), quails (3 species), guineafowls (2 species) and sandgrouse (4 species). The authoritative text is matched by detailed and beautifully illustrated plates of each species. An essential book for bird and art lovers, as well as the conservation-minded.
The text draws on the large body of scientific research accumulated over decades, and the illustrated plates of each species are works of art, conveying in painstaking detail each species' diagnostic features and precise environment.
RECOMMENDATION: The artwork by Simon Barlow highlights this book! For anyone with an interest in the birds of the region.