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Ornithology for Africa

Chris Merkord
  • A Text for Users on the African Continent Maclean, Gordan Lindsay University Of KwaZulu-Natal Press 1997 http://www.ukznpress.co.za/?class=bb_ukzn_books&method=view_books&global[fields][_id]=201 English 01/01/1997 9780869807712 No value 0869807714 9780869807712 No value

This is the first book on ornithology to focus on the southern hemisphere using African examples. Ornithology for Africa has been specially written for users on the southern side of the equator and puts Africa in the lead in this regard. It is based on a series of lectures on the biology of birds, which the author has presented over the years to adult audiences throughout southern Africa.


The highly readable text is aimed at the informed layperson as well as at the senior undergraduate student. The style allows the lay reader not only to learn about birds, but to enjoy ornithology as a pastime or even as a more serious occupation.


The nine chapters cover the origin of birds, flight, feeding adaptations, zoogeography, ecology, migration, behaviour and breeding biology. The text is generously illustrated with line drawings by Olive Anderson and 16 pages of colour photographs, mainly by the author.

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