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What's that bird? offers the budding birder an easy entry into the often bewildering world of bird identification. Simple and direct in its approach, it groups birds according to family likeness or common habitat or, occasionally, species that are likely to be confused with one another.
Well-known for his popular field guide to southern African birds, Ken Newman has made a selection here of birds that many people see near home or in day-to-day traveling. However, some birds have been included that live in specific habitats and must be looked for there. For convenience and to suggest the way forward for a 'starter', the various groups have been arranged in broad divisions beginning with 'Gardens and parks' and ending with 'Birds that are more difficult to identify'. On its own or used with a field guide, What's that Bird is an excellent introduction to the birds of the region and a solid base from which to launch an interest in birding.