Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Foreword

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pp. vii-vii

As avitourism gains popularity around the world, Botswana is host to increasing numbers of bird-watchers who come to observe our beautiful and abundant birdlife. These visitors travel from near and far with good reason. There is no better place in the world to see the Slaty Egret or Wattled Crane than the Okavango Delta, for example, and the magnificent Kori Bustard, the national bird of Botswana, that roams our Kalahari grasslands is truly a stunning sight to behold. But these exceptional birds are just a few of the nearly 600 species found in Botswana’s varied habitats. With several internationally recognized Important Bird Areas, Botswana is of crucial importance to scores of species....

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Acknowledgments

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pp. viii-viii

One does not simply sit down and write a field guide of this nature based on personal field observations (even if they do span a 25-year period); it is necessary to consult all available literature to verify and supplement these original data. In this respect, Wendy and Remigio Borello’s Birds of Botswana: An Annotated Working Bibliography, 1835 - 1995 was a huge kick-start, and my only regret is that it didn’t cover the intervening 20 years up to the present! The regional bird journals, particularly Babbler (Botswana), but also Honeyguide (Zimbabwe), Lanioturdus (Namibia) and Ostrich (South Africa) were also invaluable sources of information....

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Introduction

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pp. 9-22

The objective of this book is to provide a comprehensive, user-friendly guide to the birds of Botswana for the layperson, including both citizens and residents of Botswana, and visitors to the country. The species accounts treat the 595 species known to occur in Botswana as of November 2014; new species that appeared during the production of the book are covered in the appendix on page 384. Botswana’s bird species come from 92 families. Particularly well represented are diurnal and nocturnal raptors, cuckoos, francolins and spurfowls, larks, cisticolas, and, perhaps surprisingly for a semiarid country, ducks, geese, herons and egrets, and waders. Seabirds, by contrast, are virtually absent....

Glossary

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pp. 23-25

Bird Topography

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pp. 26-27

Species Accounts

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pp. 28-383

Appendix of Additional

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pp. 384-384

References

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pp. 385-385

Species Index

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pp. 386-397

About the Author & Illustrator

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pp. 398-398