Nov 3, 2020 | Book Reviews, Nature & Conservation | 0 comments

Birda Zulu Names

By Adrian Koopman, Roger Porter, Noleen Turner.

The first to record the Zulu names of species found in KwaZulu Natal, this superb practical guide contains outstanding colour photos enabling easy identification of the birds, their generic names and the meaning behind the names.  The study of the origins of the Zulu names and their legends brings a greater awareness of the role birds play in maintaining the environment.  

Noleen Turner, an honorary research professor in African languages at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, along with Prof Adrian Koopman and Roger Porter, took seven years to compile and produce what is an essential tool for any birder in the area.  Profiles of the 18 expert Zulu bird guides from various parts of the province who assisted with this guide are included, along with important general information. There is a comprehensive glossary and list of references with clear distribution maps.

The John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, publishers of the Roberts bird books, together with Jacana Publishers, has been endorsed by BirdLife South Africa.   ISBN 978 1 920602 06 2