The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

The Doves, Louries & Cuckoos of Southern Africa

Cover of The Doves, Louries & Cuckoos of Southern Africa

Author: M.K. Rowan

Illustrations: Graeme Arnott

Number of pages: 429

Year published: 1983

Edition: 1st

Published by: David Philip, Publisher (Pty) Ltd


ISBN: 0 908396 66 X

Web site: New Africa Books

The Wildebeest's Review of Doves, Louries & Cuckoos of SA

The Wildebeest reviewing a book

I am not sure what I was expecting when I bought this book but now that I have had a chance to explore it, I must admit that I am a bit disappointed. I can’t blame author M.K. Rowan for this and nor can I blame artist Graeme Arnott for my disappointment. The problem is that I didn’t look at it carefully enough in CNA.

The book kicks off with some nice colour plates and then comes the text. I didn’t realise that this title was like Robert’s on steroids, for these bird families. There is a lot off technical information which I am sure will be very useful to researchers, but it is not for me, and probably not for you either.

I bought the book at CNA for half-price so, if I am honest, I probably would have bought it anyway. I am a sucker for adding natural science books to my collection.

Some of the subjects in this publication

Speckled Pigeon - Page: 7
African Olive-Pigeon - Page: 26
Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon - Page: 36
Red-eyed Dove - Page: 42
African Mourning Dove - Page: 59
Cape Turtle-Dove - Page: 65
Laughing Dove - Page: 84
Namaqua Dove - Page: 104
Tambourine Dove - Page: 113
Blue-spotted Wood-Dove - Page: 120
Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove - Page: 124
Lemon Dove - Page: 130
African Green-Pigeon - Page: 137
Cape Parrot - Page: 157
Meyers Parrot - Page: 168
Brown-headed Parrot - Page: 176
Ruppells Parrot - Page: 181
Rosy-faced Lovebird - Page: 186
Lilians Lovebird - Page: 196
Knysna Turaco - Page: 207
Purple-crested Turaco - Page: 217
Grey Go-away-bird - Page: 225
Jacobin Cuckoo - Page: 253
Levaillants Cuckoo - Page: 271
Great Spotted Cuckoo - Page: 279
Thick-billed Cuckoo - Page: 290
Common Cuckoo - Page: 298
African Cuckoo - Page: 298
Lesser Cuckoo - Page: 309
Red-chested Cuckoo - Page: 310
Black Cuckoo - Page: 323
Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo - Page: 332
Klaass Cuckoo - Page: 334
African Emerald Cuckoo - Page: 345
Diderick Cuckoo - Page: 353
Black Coucal - Page: 373
Burchells Coucal - Page: 384
Senegal Coucal - Page: 394
Coppery-tailed Coucal - Page: 402
Green Malkoha - Page: 407


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