The Australian Bird Guide

The Australian Bird Guide

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Australia's avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continent's impressive range of habitats and evolutionary history. With specially commissioned paintings of over 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever seen.

This Revised Edition includes updated maps, artwork and species accounts, reflecting current knowledge of the biology and distribution of Australia's birds. It features around 4700 specially commissioned colour illustrations of over 900 species, with particular emphasis on providing the fine detail required to identify difficult groups and distinctive plumages. Comprehensive species accounts have been written by a dedicated team of ornithologists to ensure identification details, distribution and status are current and accurate. A new easier-to-use index is also included.

The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australia's magnificent and unique birdlife.

Winner, The 2017 Whitley Medal

Winner, The 2018 ABIA Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year
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Product details

  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 170 x 245 x 35mm | 1,400g
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Revised
  • Revised Edition
  • 1486311938
  • 9781486311934
  • 14,118

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Like looking through a new pair of binoculars, The Australian Bird Guide makes it seem like you are seeing even familiar birds for the first time. -- Sean Dooley * Australian Birdlife * "This field guide is an invaluable reference for anyone with an interest in this country's birdlife."

Gardening Australia, November 2019 * Gardening Australia * "Books, such as The Australian Bird Guide, are important for the conservation of Australia's flora and fauna; they bring nature to people and enable everyone to identify and take joy in the birds, other animals, and plants that we share the world with."

Harry F. Recher, Pacific Conservation Biology 26(1) 2020
Reviews of the First Edition (May 2017): -- Harry F. Recher * Pacific Conservation Biology 26(1) *
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About Peter Menkhorst

Peter Menkhorst became hooked on birding and natural history books when, as a seven year old, he used Caley's What Bird is That? to identify a New Holland Honeyeater in his garden; he is now a zoologist at the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Victoria. He is author, with Frank Knight, of A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia (OUP 2001), editor and major contributor to the award-winning Mammals of Victoria (OUP 1995) and edited two editions of Pizzey and Knight's Field Guide to the Birds of Australia (HarperCollins). He was awarded the Australian Natural History Medallion in 1998.
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