Chamberlain’s LBJs




  • Includes more than 230 species of LBJs
  • Over 1500 superb original colour paintings by the author
  • Innovative design to facilitate identification
  • Thumbnail illustrations of the bird in its typical habitat and as it really appears in the field
  • Juveniles or immatures are shown in virtually all species
  • Depictions of important subspecies
  • In-flight illustrations, from above and below
  • Detailed, multi-colour distribution maps compiled from the latest bird atlas data
  • Distribution maps show subspecies and abundance levels
  • Fascinating insights into LBJ biology, classification and names
  • Useful tips and techniques to help you find and identify LBJs
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The definitive guide to Southern Africa’s Little Brown Jobs

Almost a quarter of Southern Africa’s bird species, and half of its endemics, are known by birdwatchers as LBJs or Little Brown Jobs. All birders experience some degree of trepidation when confronted by Ornithologicum nightmariensis. Consequently this potentially confusing group of birds is shunned by virtually all beginners and many experienced observers as well. However, LBJs include some of the region’s most spectacular, thrilling, interesting, sought-after and memorable birds. In this eagerly anticipated book, four years in the making, talented author and artist Faansie Peacock shares his passion for and knowledge of LBJs. CHAMBERLAIN’s LBJs will not only help you to confidently identify LBJs in the field, but also to understand and enjoy these remarkable birds.

Four years in the making, CHAMBERLAIN’S LBJs sets a new standard for African field guides. This eagerly-anticipated book focuses on 235 species of Little Brown Jobs (or LBJs), a designation that frustrated birders assign to any smallish, brownish and featureless bird that defies identification. Through its wealth of accurate and visually stunning illustrations, carefully planned layout, innovative design, and comprehensive text, the book will help beginners and experienced birders alike to confidently identify LBJs. However, the book is by no means intended as a technical identification manual, but rather a celebration of LBJs and their habitats. CHAMBERLAIN’S LBJs is a practical and non-technical but simultaneously detailed and informative guide that does not burden readers with unnecessary technicalities, but which also does not oversimplify what is undeniably a complicated birding discipline. Each species in the book is afforded at least one full page, half of which is occupied by the paintings and the other half a textual account. The species texts are creative, accurate and applicable (and at times creative and even humorous). Each species text amounts to approximately 450-500 words.


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