Thursday, July 24, 2014

New Titles

1) Newman, Doug. 500 Common Bird Calls in Southern Africa. 2013. Struik Nature. Paperback (with CD): 176 pages. Price: $23.00 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: The book gives a brief account for each species, including description of song, associated behavior, similar-sounding species, favored habitat, and a distribution map. The introduction discusses bird vocalizations, differences between true songbirds and non-songbirds and why calls often change with the seasons and time of day.
     The CD gives the song or distinctive call of each species. Have hours of fun delving into the endlessly fascinating language of birds with this concise guide. 
RECOMMENDATION: Birders to the region should find this book useful.

2) Newman, Doug and Gordon King. Southern African Mammals Made Simple. 2013. Struik Nature. Paperback: 104 pages. Price: $18.00 U.S.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: Southern African Mammals Made Simple is an exciting new mammal identification guide that uses a novel 3-stage ID system to identify even the most obscure mammals.
     For each of the 115 species, there is a photograph and drawing highlighting the animal’s distinctive features, a description and a distribution map. An easy-to-use and foolproof ID guide, it is ideal for anyone with an interest in southern African mammals.
     Ingenious, easy-to-use and virtually foolproof, it offers step-by-step progress towards sure identification. Written in a concise, structured format, it is ideal for taking on trips to the game reserve, and for novices right through to more experienced naturalists.
     Excellent for use in game parks or just to demystify similar-looking mammal species. 
RECOMMENDATION: A well illustrated introduction to the mammals of Southern Africa.

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