Wildlife of East Africa: A photographic guide

Wildlife of East Africa: A photographic guide

Dave Richards

Language: English

Pages: 247

ISBN: 1770078916

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This photographic guide to the wildlife of East Africa is an accessible introduction to the region's more conspicuous and interesting mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, insects, flowers and trees. A colour photograph accompanies each account, which describes the species' appearance, size, and habits, and gives information on their conservation status, habitat and the best viewing localities. This book is an invaluable guide for visitors to national parks and other wildlife-rich places in East Africa and is a handy size for travel.

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rocks and cliffs. BEST VIEWING: Tanzania: Serengeti NP SECRETARYBIRD Sagittarius serpentarius Karani tamba (Swa) Ol-mamura (Maa) Habitat: grassland and savanna, up to 3 000 m Length: 125–150 cm Status: widespread resident, but not common Unmistakable, a large, slim, grey bird with long legs and long, projecting central tail feathers; usually seen walking in the open plains. Flight feathers, belly and legs black, with two black bands on the tail. A conspicuous, long, loose crest of black

common resident A mainly greyish-brown turaco with white-tipped feathers on the nape and hindneck forming a shaggy crest. The bill is yellow-green. In flight, a white bar is very noticeable on the wings, as is the black, grey and white pattern in the tail. Sexes alike; immature resembles adult but lacks the crest. A very noisy bird with a strange, chuckling call. Occurs in pairs or small parties in savanna woodland, cultivated areas and riverine vegetation. Extremely common around Lake Victoria.

BEST VIEWING: widespread in suitable habitats MARICO (MARIQUA) SUNBIRD Cinnyris mariquensis (Nectarinia mariquensis) Chozi-mariko (Swa) Habitat: savanna and Acacia scrub and woodland, 800–2 000 m Length: 13 cm Status: common resident Male has a metallic, coppery sheen above and on the throat. A thin, blue line separates the throat from a broad maroon chest band, and the belly is black in the north, but southern birds have a more greyish-black belly. Female is grey-brown above, with a

taking cover if disturbed. Occurs in pairs or family groups, in dry bush, Acacia bush and neglected cultivated land. The male Orange-winged Pytilia (P. afra) has a red face mask and orange-edged wings and is very finely barred below. BEST VIEWING: widespread in suitable habitats RED-BILLED FIREFINCH Lagonosticta senegala Bwerenda domojekundu (Swa) Habitat: grasslands and gardens, sea level to 2 200 m Length: 10 cm Status: common resident The male is pinkish-red with small, white dots on

caterpillar stage for eight and a chrysalis for seven days. Its lifespan as an adult butterfly depends on the species; some can live a whole year and will aestivate during the hot dry season. Although there are no moths featured in this book, some are just as beautiful as butterflies and can easily be confused with them. While most moths fly at night, some also fly during the daytime. Most moths have fat, furry bodies, but so do some butterflies. The safest way to distinguish between them is by

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