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Birds of Australia [Paperback]

Ken Simpson
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Dec 15 2000 Princeton Field Guides
Birds of Australia is the most comprehensive guide available to the extraordinary bird life of Australia. In 132 color plates of remarkable beauty and precision, Nicolas Day captures the details of all 770 of the continent's birds. A succinct text by Ken Simpson and other experts in the field addresses key points of identification while the book's unique handbook section discusses the breeding, behavior, feeding habits, evolution, and taxonomy of each bird family.

This sixth edition of Birds of Australia has been completely revised. It includes a full text overhaul in line with the new classification system, 18 new color plates, a completely revised handbook (partly illustrated in color), an extended color section on vagrant birds, over 200 new or redrawn black-and-white illustrations, and new range maps throughout.

Birds of Australia is carefully designed for field use. The book's weatherproof plastic binding, illustrated key to families, and field information and range maps adjacent to the plates make it the ideal book for birders to take into Australia's harsh deserts and tropical forests.

All readers--avid birders, ornithologists, students, and travelers to Australia--will find Birds of Australia an unrivaled introduction to the natural world of this remarkable continent.


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Ken Simpson is the author of Birds in Bass Strait and co-author of Birdwatching in Australia and New Zealand. Nicolas Day's published artwork includes Field Guide to the ACT and Birds of the Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia. Peter Trusler's art is showcased in Wildlife of Gondwana, Birds in Australian Gardens, popular bird charts, and the Australian Post's dinosaur stamp series.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Peterson Down Under April 14 2001
Format:Paperback
This book never left my side while I was in Oz, although at times I thought about leaving it behind. My biggest complaint would be size; this book is a bit too large to be a proper field guide. It is as thick as Nat'l Geo, but about an inch longer in width and height. The plates were more than adequate, however few birds were shown in juv. plumage. Good text descriptions, notes on behaviors, and birds in flight usually shown. Very Peterson-esque. Half of the book is a handbook at the back. Plenty of good life history info. on the birds, but not necessary in the field. If only the handbook came as a seperate supplement . . .
One last note: I did not see another book either in stores or in another birder's hand while in Australia that I thought was as good or better than this guide.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Peterson Down Under April 14 2001
By Kevin C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book never left my side while I was in Oz, although at times I thought about leaving it behind. My biggest complaint would be size; this book is a bit too large to be a proper field guide. It is as thick as Nat'l Geo, but about an inch longer in width and height. The plates were more than adequate, however few birds were shown in juv. plumage. Good text descriptions, notes on behaviors, and birds in flight usually shown. Very Peterson-esque. Half of the book is a handbook at the back. Plenty of good life history info. on the birds, but not necessary in the field. If only the handbook came as a seperate supplement . . .
One last note: I did not see another book either in stores or in another birder's hand while in Australia that I thought was as good or better than this guide.
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