Levaillant's Legacy - A History of South African Ornithology by Roy Siegfried
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Levaillant’s Legacy – A History of South African Ornithology is a remarkable synthesis of the history of the development of the study of birds in South Africa.



Levaillant’s Legacy is not intended as a complete and comprehensive report: it reveals trends in progress and interprets such trends in terms of their causes and consequences. Until now, a history of South African ornithology has not been treated as an integrated whole or more than a chronological recitation of dates, names, places and events.



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Emeritus Professor W Roy Siegfried provides an illustrated narrative which documents the chronology, geographical locations, persons, events and institutions that have promoted or retarded the development and evolution of South African ornithology.







“Through the foundations that were laid between the 1970s and 1990s the science of bird study in this country has had arguably its most productive four decades of endeavour. Those currently in positions of ornithological leadership must rise to the challenge.” Morne du Plessis, Chief Executive Officer, WWF South Africa



about the author - Roy Siegfried

Cape Town-born W.Roy Siegfried is professor emeritus and a fellow at the University of Cape Town, and formerly professor extraordinary at the University of Stellenbosch and visiting professor at the University of Minnesota. He holds a doctoral degree in the natural sciences. He is a teacher and a researcher, and former director of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. Many of his exstudents occupy professorial posts in countries all over the world. He has served as a national and international consultant for such bodies as the UN in the field of research and development planning. He is the holder of several national and international awards and honours. He is a prolific author who writes both technical and popular books, including international best-sellers. His popular books aim to inspire, educate and, to a degree, entertain.