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  • Published: 19 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143787082
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $45.00

Complete Guide to Australian Birds

A Glimpse into the Feathered Wonders Down Under

A compact and up-to-date photographic guide to Australia’s birds from the author of Birdscaping Australian Gardens.

The Pinnacle of Avian Exploration

This book is the most up-to-date guide to Australian birds available. Written in everyday language, with crisp, brilliant digital images taken in the wild, this authoritative guide includes:

*The first entry and photograph of the previously believed extinct Night Parrot
*The recently recognised as a full specie Lesser Sooty Owl
*The Thick-billed Grasswren
*All seven species of Quail-thrush
*The Paperbark Flycatcher
*Rare photographs of the male Superb Lyrebird in courtship display
*The Bustard in courtship plumage
*The male Magnificent Riflebird in its courtship dance
*The first photograph of a nesting colony of Australian Swiftlets taken in a deep, dark cave in tropical Queensland

... and much more.

More Than Just Identification

Beyond a field guide, this book is divided into 27 chapters, with each chapter opening with fascinating background information.

The easily accessible information on each bird includes: common and scientific names; size; description; behaviour; preferred habitat; feeding habits; voice; status; and breeding.

Zoom in on the Detail

Distribution maps are arranged next to the photographic illustrations of the bird. A binocular icon indicates 'hot spots' to find particular birds.

A Panoramic Experience

All wild birds that have been regularly recorded on the Australian mainland, Tasmania and offshore continental islands and oceans, including sub-species where the differences are recognisable in the field, have been included and photographed.

Through the Lens of the Experts

Features over 1400 photographs by some of Australia's best wildlife photographers, including Colin Cock, Michael Schmid, Eric Sohn Joo Tan, Duade Patton, John Anderson, Alwyn Simple, Peter Jacobs, Andrew Bell, Tony Ashton, Nolan Caldwell, Chris Wiley, Maureen Goninan, Marlene Lyelle and George Adams to name but a few.

For Everyone with Feathered Interests

Whether you're a beginner just starting to explore the world of avian wonders, or a seasoned 'birdo' with years of field experience, this book promises to be a treasured resource that will be enjoyed by all.
  • Published: 19 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143787082
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $45.00

About the author

George Adams

An award-winning architect, George Adams developed the concept of creating living gardens that make a contribution to the preservation of the ecological biodiversity of their location.

His interests in native plants and their interaction with wildlife, the process of preservation by cultivation, and his concern for the long-term survival of Australia's natural heritage, combined with his love of photography, drawing and bushwalking, led to him publishing several books in Australia and the United States.

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