BOOKS: The Atlas of Southern African Birds2012-09-24 (269)
Harrison JA, Allan DG, Underhill LG, Herremans M, Tree AJ, Parker V, Brown CJ (eds). 1997. The Atlas of Southern African Birds. Volume 1: Non-passerines, and Volume 2: Passerines. BirdLife South Africa, Johannesburg
This atlas contains the most up-to-date information on the distribution of birds in southern Africa, and probably all bird field guides for the region use maps based on these atlas maps. Figure (below): The dustjackets of the Atlas feature the Blue Crane and Red-backed Shrike.
Volume 1 (c. 900 pages) contains the introductory chapters and the non-passerine texts. The introductory chapters describe the methodology, and the `avi'-geography of southern Africa. This chapter iinclues selected habitat photographs that represent the wide diversity of habitat types in southern Africa. Volume 2 (c. 700 pages) contains the passerine texts. 500 species receive two (or sometimes three) pages of texts, maps and seasonality figures; 200 species are covered with map and text on a single page. For each species, statistics provide a convenient summary of the data and a measure of the relative abundance within the range. For 200 vagrant species there is no map, but a paragraph of text giving details of occurrence in the region.
25 weaver species are covered in the main text. Most of these have two pages per species, but the Chestnut Weaver, Red-headed Quelea, Black-winged Bishop and Yellow-backed Widow have one page; the Red-billed Quelea has three pages. Two weavers are given a paragraph of text in the vagrants section: Olive-headed Weaver and Cardinal Quelea.
The weaver texts with maps and figures may be downloaded here as pdfs (all species texts are available at ADU SABAP2 web - click on a species, or search for one, and the pdf link is on the side menu).
The weaver pdfs may be downloaded here (some English names have been updated here):
The distribution of South African birds is being updated by the SABAP2 project. The weavers with the greatest changes in distribution between the two Atlas projects are the Red-billed Quelea (see a href="newstable.php?id=210">here) and Thick-billed Weaver (see a href="newstable.php?id=104">here).
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