Field Guide to Birds of Senegal and The Gambia: Second Edition (Helm Field Guides) (Paperback)
This comprehensive and fully updated edition of Birds of Senegal and The Gambia is the ultimate guide for travellers and birdwatchers visiting one of Africa's richest birdwatching regions.
The Gambia, together with the country that envelops it, Senegal, has an avifauna of more than 700 regularly occurring species, including many Western Palearctic migrants from September to April, and a significant list of highly sought-after resident West African birds, including the Egyptian Plover. This authoritative guide covers all species, including details of all residents, migrants and known vagrants.
Senegal and The Gambia offer a true wealth of birdlife, including a fantastic selection of Sahel specialities that are far more easily seen here than anywhere else. Senegal has become a reliable locality for Golden Nightjar, Quail-plover and Cricket Warbler, and the near-endemic Mali Firefinch occurs in the southeast of the country. Birdwatchers in this region can also find Savile's Bustard, Adamawa Turtle Dove, Little Grey Woodpecker, Yellow Penduline Tit, Sudan Golden Sparrow and Exclamatory Paradise Whydah, while the Saloum delta's huge roost of tens of thousands of African Swallow-tailed Kites is one of the world's top birding spectacles.
More than 140 stunning colour plates depict every species and also comprehensively cover all the distinct plumages and subspecies likely to be encountered. Concise species accounts describe key identification features, status, range, habitat and voice, with fully updated distribution maps for each species.
This compact guide is an essential companion for any birder visiting this rich and varied area of Western Africa.
About the Author
Nik Borrow and Ron Demey are the co-authors of Birds of Senegal and The Gambia. Nik studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art and is responsible for the illustrations and maps in the book. He has a particular interest in the Afrotropics and has been birding in sub-Saharan Africa since 1987, principally leading birding tours. He is currently a member of the East African Rarities Committee, a keen photographer and lives in Norfolk, England.
Ron Demey is a freelance ornithologist who has lived and worked in several West African countries for many years. During this time he has travelled extensively in the region, amassing a considerable knowledge of its avifauna. He has worked on several African projects for BirdLife International, participated in Rapid Assessment Program expeditions organised by Conservation International, and carried out various surveys in the Afrotropics. He is currently editor of Bulletin of the African Bird Club.