The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Shrikes of Southern Africa

Cover of Shrikes of Southern Africa

Author: Tony Harris

Illustrations: Graeme Arnott

Number of pages: 224

Year published: 1988

Edition: 1st

Published by: Struik Winchester

Hardcover with slipcase

ISBN: 0 947430 08 3

The Wildebeest's Review of "Shrikes of Southern Africa" by Tony Harris

The Wildebeest reviewing a book

What’s not to love about “Shrikes of Southern Africa” by Tony Harris and Graeme Arnott. This is a collectable book that will probably be the most authorative book on Shrikes for some time to come. It is a class in the making.

Having said that there is some controversy on exactly what is a shrike and what is not a shrike. Are the Batises Shrikes? Many people don’t think so. But why stress about this scientific problem? It is like they are a bonus section included free. I wouldn’t suggest that you return your copy of this beautiful publication because you have a dispute with the author.

The book comes with an attractive slipcase and has a feel of good quality about it. Tony Harris has done a great job on the text, but I must admit that I am always drawn to the illustrations when I look at it. The artwork is amazing. The various sketches and colour plates by Graeme Arnott are littered throughout the book.

My advice – buy it – you won’t be disappointed.

Some of the subjects in this publication

Southern White-crowned Shrike - Page: 24
Magpie Shrike - Page: 30
Common Fiscal - Page: 36
Lesser Grey Shrike - Page: 42
Red-backed Shrike - Page: 48
Souzas Shrike - Page: 54
Chestnut-fronted Helmet-Shrike - Page: 58
Retzs Helmet-Shrike - Page: 62
White-crested Helmet-Shrike - Page: 69
Black-throated Wattle-eye - Page: 76
Cape Batis - Page: 81
Woodwards Batis - Page: 87
Pale Batis - Page: 92
Chinspot Batis - Page: 96
Pririt Batis - Page: 102
Brubru - Page: 106
Grey-headed Bush-Shrike - Page: 112
White-tailed Shrike - Page: 118
Black-backed Puffback - Page: 123
Tropical Boubou - Page: 130
Southern Boubou - Page: 136
Swamp Boubou - Page: 142
Crimson-breasted Shrike - Page: 146
Anchietas Tchagra - Page: 151
Southern Tchagra - Page: 156
Brown-crowned Tchagra - Page: 161
Black-crowned Tchagra - Page: 166
Bokmakierie - Page: 172
Gorgeous Bush-Shrike - Page: 178
Olive Bush-Shrike - Page: 183
Black-fronted Bush-Shrike - Page: 188
Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike - Page: 193

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