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  • Published: 25 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780670072316
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 392
  • RRP: $39.99

Field Guide to the Birds of Australia - 8th Edition


The most comprehensive one-volume book of identification that shows all Australian bird species, perfect for birders of all levels of expertise.

Since it was first published in 1984, Simpson & Day's Field Guide to the Birds of Australia has been one of the most - if not the most - respected bird guide in the country.

As one of the main national bird field guides used by Australian birders and birdwatchers the guide contains:

- detailed and thorough instructions on “How to Observe a Bird”
- hints for birdwatchers to improve their birding
- 132 superb full-colour plates showing all Australian bird species
- over 900 black and white line illustrations
- key points of identification using the latest classification system
- seabird identification by bill to assist in identifying seabirds including albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters
- habitat descriptions and distribution maps for all species
- Australian Island Territories Checklists
- breeding and breeding cycle information
- a "Key to Families" to easily compare and locate families of birds
- rare and vagrant bird bulletins
- a core library list, easy-to-use indexes and glossary of avian terms
- a list of birdwatching and naturalist organisations

This eighth edition has been revised and updated, including some beautiful new plates.

'The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia is a masterpiece of a guide and a comprehensive resource for birding in Australia.' Birdfreak

  • Published: 25 June 2010
  • ISBN: 9780670072316
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 392
  • RRP: $39.99

About the authors

Nicolas Day

Nicolas Day was born in Surrey, England, and came to Australia at the age of ten. His interest in natural history and drawing has seen him conducting art classes around Australia, and his artwork has featured in Field Guide to the Birds of the ACT (with McComas Taylor, 1993) and Birds of the Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia (with Chris Doughty and Andrew Plant, 2000). He was the natural history artist for the 1997 Raine Island expedition and has been on field trips to the Outer Hebrides and Macquarie Island in the subantarctic. He is currently an illustrator for the multi-volume work Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Nicolas regularly contributes illustrations for publication, and works to commission.

Ken Simpson

Ken Simpson was educated at University High School, Victoria, and has had a life-long interest in natural history. His career as a Research Technician in several institutions later led to a position as Lecturer in Primary Science at Deakin University. He is the author of Birds in Bass Strait (1972) and co-author of Birdwatching in Australia and New Zealand (with Zoe Wilson, 1998). Ken is a Past President and Honorary Life Member of the Bird Observers Club of Australia, the recipient of the Honorary degree, Master of Science, from Monash University (1974) and the Australian Natural History Medallion (1996).

Praise for Field Guide to the Birds of Australia - 8th Edition

'a masterpiece of a guide' - The Birdfreak Team, birdfreak.com