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Birds of Kruger National Park
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South Africa's Kruger National Park is one of the largest and most iconic conservation areas in Africa. Habitats range from wide-open savannah and rugged thornveld to broadleaved mopani woodland. This microhabitat variation gives Kruger a phenomenal diversity of some 520 bird species, half of which are resident. From Africa's most extraordinary eagles, like the scarlet-faced Bateleur, to electric-colored glossy-starlings and jewel-like finches, Kruger offers an avian celebration of form and color. It is also a crucial conservation area, supporting South Africa's largest viable populations of vultures, eagles, and large terrestrial birds.

This field guide offers a unique window into the world of Kruger's birds. More than 400 stunning color photographs illustrate the 250 most frequently encountered species, and a habitat-based approach assists in identification. The authoritative text provides key information about identification, habitat, behavior, biology, and conservation. The guide contains information likely to be new to even the most experienced birders, but is written in a nontechnical style that makes it accessible to anyone.

  • An essential guide to Kruger's birds
  • Perfect for new and experienced birders alike
  • Small, portable format ideal for field use
  • Unique attractive layout with more than 400 stunning color photographs
  • Covers the 250 most frequently seen species
  • Uses a habitat-based approach to aid identification
  • Authoritative and accessible text provides key information about identification, behavior, biology, and conservation

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 4-5
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  1. The region
  2. p. 6
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  1. About this book
  2. p. 7
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  1. The seasons and timing your visit
  2. p. 8
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  1. The habitats
  2. pp. 9-13
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  1. Map showing the distribution of habitats in Kruger National Park
  2. p. 14
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  1. Map of Kruger National Park and adjacent private concession areas forming the Greater Kruger National Park conservation area
  2. p. 15
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  1. Introduction to the species accounts
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Birds of Rivers and Wetlands
  1. Cormorants and darter
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. Wetland herons
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. Wetland white egrets
  2. pp. 22-23
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  1. Small wetland herons
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. Wetland storks
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Wetland storks and Hamerkop
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Spoonbill and Ibis
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. Geese and grebe
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. Geese and atypical ducks
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. Typical ducks
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  1. Rails and crakes
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. Strange waterbirds
  2. pp. 40-43
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  1. Lapwings
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. Shorebirds
  2. pp. 46-51
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  1. Aquatic kingfishers
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. Birds associated with watersides and adjacent scrub
  2. pp. 54-57
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  1. Birds of Plains and Open Woodlands
  1. Ostrich, terrestrial herons and ibises
  2. pp. 58-59
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  1. Terrestrial herons and terrestrial storks
  2. pp. 60-63
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  1. Spurfowl and guineafowl
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  1. Kori Bustard
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  1. Terrestrial lapwings and thick-knees
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  1. Hoopoe and sandgrouse
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  1. Little brown jobs or 'LBJs'
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  1. Starling and chats
  2. pp. 74-75
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  1. Shrikes
  2. pp. 76-77
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  1. Birds of Broadleaved Woodland and Camps
  1. Francolins
  2. pp. 78-79
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  1. Smaller bustards
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  1. Small doves
  2. pp. 82-83
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  1. Collared doves
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  1. Go-away-bird and cuckoos
  2. pp. 86-89
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  1. Green cuckoos
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  1. Mousebirds
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  1. Medium-sized woodland kingfishers
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  1. Bee-eaters
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  1. Rollers
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  1. Woodhoopoes
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  1. Hornbills
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  1. Barbets
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  1. Honeyguides
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  1. Woodpeckers
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  1. Black woodland birds
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  1. Common camp residents
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  1. Streaky ground-dwellers
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  1. Other ground-dwellers
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  1. Canopy gleaners
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  1. Thornveld inhabitants
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  1. Flycatchers
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  1. Bush-shrikes
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  1. Helmet-shrikes and Southern White-crowned Shrike
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  1. Starlings
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  1. Glossy-starlings
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  1. Oxpeckers
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  1. Sunbirds
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  1. Weavers
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  1. Weavers and quelea
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  1. Bishop and widows
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  1. Waxbills
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  1. Whydahs
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  1. Indigobird, canary and buntings
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  1. Birds of Forests and Riverine Thicket
  1. Guineafowl and turaco
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  1. Fruit-eaters
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  1. Canopy specialists
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  1. Forest greenbuls
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  1. Robin-chats
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  1. Other small forest birds
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  1. Southern Boubou
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  1. Birds of Prey and Vultures
  1. Vultures in flight
  2. p. 177
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  1. Larger birds of prey in flight
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  1. Secretarybird and vultures
  2. pp. 180-181
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  1. Vultures
  2. pp. 182-185
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  1. Brown eagles
  2. pp. 186-187
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  1. Large and distinctive eagles
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  1. Hawk-eagle and Bateleur
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  1. Crowned eagle and snake-eagles
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  1. Falcons
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  1. Kestrel and hawks
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  1. Kites and harrier-hawk
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  1. Birds of the Air
  1. Swifts
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  1. Swallows
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  1. Night Birds
  1. Nightjars and barn owl
  2. pp. 208-209
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  1. Small owls
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  1. Large owls
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  1. Pel's Fishing-Owl
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  1. Further reading and online resources
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  1. Acknowledgements and photographic credits
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  1. Scientific names of the bird species included in this book
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  1. Index
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