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Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands: Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion, Rodrigues, Seychelles and the Comoros
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Authors: Ian Sinclair and Olivier M. Langrand.
Foreword by: David Chamberlain.
Illustrators: Norman Arlott and Ian Lewington.
Additional Contributors: Hilary Burn and Peter Hayman.
ISBN-10: 1-86872-956-7 (1868729567)
ISBN-13: 978-1-86872-956-2 (9781868729562)
Language: English
No. of Pages: 184
Dimensions: 148mm x 210mm x 13mm

Item Identification Code (UID#): 1002
Shelving Location: Natural History: Fauna
Estimated Value: £18.00
Purchase Date: 11 March 2007
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Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands

Madagascar, Mauritius, Réunion, Rodrigues, Seychelles and the Comoros

Second Edition
Struik (2003). (First Published 1998)
Softcover Book

A field guide covering 359 bird species from the Indian Ocean islands region. Each has a description of its identifying characteristics, habitat, status and call as well as a distribution map and at least one illustration. The pictorial index at the start of the book is particularly convenient for quick reference.

Text from Back Cover

Birds of the Indian Ocean Islands is the first comprehensive guide to the bird life of a region that embraces Madagascar, the Seychelles group, the Comoros and the Mascarenes (comprising Mauritius, Réunion and Rodrigues). Together, these magical islands and the warm surrounding ocean host a total of 359 regularly encountered species, many of them endemic to the area.

  • All bird species of the region are fully described, giving identification features, preferred habitats, current status and vocalization.
  • Accurate distribution maps accompany all species.
  • Full-colour illustrations show diagnostic plumage features.
  • A special chapter, incorporating useful guide-type maps, discusses the practicalities of binding in the region's main locations.

The 71 plates, superbly researched, are by Norman Arlott, Hilary Burn, Peter Hayman and Ian Lewington – among the world's leading bird artists.

About the Authors from Back Cover

Ian Sinclair is renowned for his extensive field experience and expertise in identifying birds. He has authored more than 15 highly successful bird books, among them Field Guide to Birds of Southern Africa (Struik, 1984), Sasol Birds of Southern Africa (Struik, 3rd edition 2002), and Birds of Africa (Struik, 2003) and is recognised as one of Africa's foremost bird authors and most experienced birders.

Olivier Langrand was born in France and educated in France and South Africa. He spent 14 years conducting research in Madagascar, has travelled extensively, and is based in Washington DC where he is vice president of Conservation International. Among his published works is Guide to the Birds of Madagascar.


  • Contents
  • Regional Map
  • Introduction
  • Family Introductions
  • Locating Endemic Birds
    • Madagascar
    • Comoro Islands
    • Mauritius
    • Réunion
    • Rodrigues
    • Central Seychelles
    • Aldabra Islands
  • Species Accounts
  • Vagrants to the Region
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Illustrated Glossary
  • Further Reading
  • Indexes
    • Scientific Names
    • Common Names

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