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By Peter Matthiessen

African Silences is a robust and sobering account of the cataclysmic depredation of the African panorama and its natural world. during this seriously acclaimed paintings Peter Matthiessen explores new terrain on a continent he has written approximately in past books, A Tree the place guy used to be Born -- nominated for the nationwide publication Award -- and Sand Rivers.

Through his eyes we see elephants, white rhinos, gorillas, and different endangered creatures of the wild. We percentage the drama of the trips themselves, together with a damaging crossing of the continent in a gentle aircraft. And alongside the way in which, we study of the human lives oppressed through bankrupt political regimes and economies, and threatened by way of the gradual ecological disaster to which they've got purely all started to evoke.

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African Silences is a strong and sobering account of the cataclysmic depredation of the African panorama and its natural world. during this seriously acclaimed paintings Peter Matthiessen explores new terrain on a continent he has written approximately in earlier books, A Tree the place guy used to be Born -- nominated for the nationwide ebook Award -- and Sand Rivers.

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Habitat Arid, open lowland deciduous forest, wooded savanna, caatinga, thickets and coastal mangroves. Now also occupies extensively human-modified landscapes and abandoned degraded pastures, young secondary forests and exotic plantations including eucalyptus. Range South America. Endemic to NE Brazil: Pará, Maranhão, Piaui, Pernambuco, Bahia and extreme N Minas Gerais. Sea-level to around 800m. Resident and mainly sedentary, but spreading westwards towards Amazonia Taxonomy and variation Monotypic.

Agile and active, foraging on twigs, vines and in bushes. indd 59 ▲ Adult male Arrowhead Piculet. The black-and-white tail common to most piculets is clearly seen here. Galibi, Surinam, February (J. Dunning). ▼ Adult female. Arrowhead Piculet is highly restricted in range, and is probably endemic to Surinam. Peperpot Nature Park, Surinam, July (Jean-Louis Rousselle). 12/02/2014 12:43 60 Woodpeckers of the World 13. SPOTTED PICULET Picumnus pygmaeus L 10cm Identification Distinctive. Warm chestnut-brown overall.

Song reminiscent of smaller falcons. Less strident version after pair-formation. Contact calls include cooing gruu. Alarm calls soft or harsh tek, tak or tyuk notes, undulating in pitch, often in series. Nestlings make zizzing and hissing noises. Drumming Does not drum, but may tap by nest-hole. Status Not considered threatened, though has declined in parts of Europe due to degradation and loss of habitats. Persists in intensively farmed areas where open ground with abundant ants remains. Habitat Warm, dry, open deciduous or mixed woodlands, wooded pastures, meadows, fallow-land, dunes, parkland, orchards, vineyards, plantations and gardens.

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