Southern African LBJ's Made Simple
Southern African LBJs made simple is an important new guide to the cryptic little birds that are universally known as ˜little brown jobs'.
Using colour coding and careful design, the reader is systematically guided through the initial sorting stages: from family group, to ˜visual group' within the family, and finally to the species. Illustrations with pointers show characteristic features of each species, summarised in an ˜At a glance' box. Concise text describes visual clues as well as other key ID criteria, such as size, habitat, habits, call and similar-looking and -sounding birds. A distribution map shows range, and each species is linked by track number to its call on the accompanying CD. Identification depends on successfully matching a given number of the bird's features “ in some cases, just a single convincing diagnostic trait.
Painstakingly conceived and designed, this guide will have wide appeal for serious birders and keen amateurs alike “ anyone who wants to be able to tell one LBJ from another.