I always get excited when I'mm sent a book to review that is a field guide to a location that I've always wanted to go. When Birds of Botswana arrived in the mail, I immediately opened the package and started flipping through the book and studying the birds of this incredible country. What I found when looking through the field guide was one of the best guides that I have reviewed in a long time.
The book has a fantastic intro section that covers a lot of habitat and birding hotspot information in a concise but thorough way. I also found their Glossary of Terms and Bird Topography sections to be very useful.
The artwork in the book is wonderful and very life like. With all 597 species of birds found in Botswana covered and 1,200 total illustrations, I have no doubt that this book would be very useful in the field. The range maps are large enough to be helpful to the travelling birder as well. A new feature that I've not seen in other field guides is the "Breeding Bar" provided for each species. It indicates a species' seasonal presence as well as their breeding patterns.
This book is a must-have for anyone that is planning to go birding in Botswana!
Title: Birds of Botswana
Author: Peter Hancock and Ingrid Weiersbye
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: December 5, 2015
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