The Australian Bird Guide

The Australian Bird Guide


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A new in-depth field guide to Australian birds

The Australian avifauna is large, diverse, and spectacular, reflecting the continent's impressive habitats and evolutionary history. Looking at more than 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide on Australian birds available, and contains by far the best coverage of southern seabirds. With 249 color plates containing 4,000 stunning images, this book offers a far more in-depth treatment of subspecies, rarities, and overall plumage variation than comparative guides. The artwork meets the highest standards, and the text is rigorously accurate and current in terms of identification details, distribution, and status. The Australian Bird Guide sets a new bar for coverage of Australia's remarkable avifauna and is indispensable to all birders and naturalists interested in this area of the world, including the southern oceans.

  • Brand-new guide with an attractive look and design
  • 249 color plates containing 4,000 superb images by some of the most talented illustrators working in Australia today
  • Every bird species in Australia is covered (more than 900), including subspecies and rarities
  • Up-to-date maps reflect the latest information on distribution
  • Accurate and detailed text

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691173016
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Series: Princeton Field Guides , #113
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 718,774
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Peter Menkhorst is a principal scientist with the Victorian government and has forty years' experience in ecological research and the survey and management of Australian mammals and birds. He is the author of A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia. Danny Rogers is an ornithologist specializing in shorebird ecology and patterns of feather molt in birds, and works for the Victorian government environment department. Rohan Clarke is a lecturer in vertebrate ecology at the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University. Jeff Davies is a Melbourne-based artist who specializes in portraits of Australian birds and their environments. Peter Marsack is an award-winning wildlife artist based in Canberra. Kim Franklin is a freelance artist and illustrator who has exhibited worldwide and is based in Adelaide.

Table of Contents

Foreword V

Alphabetical quick reference to bird groups VI

Acknowledgements IX

Constructing the guide 1

Identifying birds 8

Birding in Australia 17

A guide for birders to the evolution and classification of Australian birds 23

Key to abbreviations and symbols 30

Species accounts 32

Checklist of species 532

Glossary 546

Index 549

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"This guide contains lots of great information, which will make field identification of problematic species much easier. Clearly, the authors and artists know their subjects well. Given its comprehensive coverage of all species, the book will get wide usage among visitors and resident birders."—Iain Campbell, coauthor of Birds of Australia: A Photographic Guide

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