Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Review: 'Birds of the Serengeti' by Adam Scott Kennedy

Birds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area by Adam Scott Kennedy, 2014, Princeton University Press, $16.59, softbound, 224 pages. Category/Genre: reference. Cover: quite nice. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

Filled with full-colour photographs, this book is a must for bird lovers who want to safari in Africa. 

The book is habitat-based: readers are intended to look up the birds they see based on the habitat they're in at the time of the encounter. There's a section on the habitats you'll find in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area, including plains, woodland, and Lake Victoria. 

Whenever possible, Kennedy has provided pictures of a male and female of the species, and breeding and non-breeding plumage; plus, there are depictions of birds in flight. 

Information on birds is particularly interesting; for example, rollers (such as the Eurasian roller and the lilac-breasted roller) get their name from the 'loop-the-loop' display flights they perform. 

If you like this one, try: Animals of the Serengeti, by Adam Scott Kennedy and Vicki Kennedy. 

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