The Monotonous Lark, Mirafra passerina, was chosen for the front and back covers of the book. The genus of this iconic species is also the name of the publishing company responsible for producing CHAMBERLAIN’S LBJs. The name of the Monotonous Lark refers to its incessantly repeated, simple, croaking song that can continue for hours on end, day and night. However, despite its local abundance after good rains, this near-endemic species remains enigmatic, and the extent of its movements outside the breeding season are poorly known.

 





             
             
           
             
         
  FRONT COVER
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  BACK COVER
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The colour plates form the main component of the book, and each LBJ is lavishly illustrated, with 5-10 images per species. Most species are depicted on a half page, but variable or especially challenging groups such as cloudscraper cisticolas and large brown pipits are allocated a full plate each. Plates feature images of juveniles, non-breeding adults / females and breeding adults / males, as well as in-flight illustrations (from above and below) and a thumbnail sketch of the bird as it really appears in the field. Important subspecies differences are also clearly painted and shown on the multi-colour distribution maps.

All illustrations were done by Faansie Peacock. The paintings are a reflection of his passion for birds, his meticulous observation skills and his talent as a bird artist. The result is an unparalleled range of celebratory and scientific images of exceptional quality. A short video of the illustrations process can be seen by clicking on the link below. The innovative design of the book and the logical plate layout allow efficient comparison between the most similar species.
 
             
             
           
             
       
  APALISES
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  SMALL CISTICOLAS
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  FLYCATCHERS
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  SPARROWS
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  PIPITS
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  SPARROW-LARKS
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  FOREST WARBLERS
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  TIT-BABBLERS
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  PARADISE-WHYDAHS
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CHAMBERLAIN’S LBJs is far more than just an amplified field guide. From the outset it was deemed important to provide extensive supplementary information to give readers a broader and more in-depth understanding of LBJs. Consequently the book features diverse background information on topics such as names, evolution, classification, breeding biology, eggs and nests, diet, subspecies, and hybrids. Although the focus of the book is on field identification, additional identification resources are provided for tricky groups; these include wing formulae, sonograms, measurements, feather details, identification keys, schematic summaries, habitat tables, optical illusions, and more.

General tips on how to find and observe each family are given, and specific stakeouts for a few sought-after species are also suggested. Finally tips on photographing LBJs, suggested further reading, a glossary of terms and bird topography diagrams are provided.

Faansie Peacock’s unique writing style is evident throughout: his mix of accurate scientific infor-
mation, creative and colourful writing and subtle humour make CHAMBERLAIN’s LBJs essential in the field but also fascinating enough to enjoy at home.

 
             
             
       
             
       
  CHAT BIOLOGY
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  CISTICOLA SONGS
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  LARK FEATHERS
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  CUCKOO FINCH
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  HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
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  KAROO LARK HYBRIDS
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  PIPIT IDENTIFICATION
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  BIRD TOPOGRAPHY
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  WARBLER WING FORMULAE
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