Birds of Australia: Seventh Edition

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Overview

This is the completely revised seventh edition of Australia's best field guide, with more than 500,000 copies sold over its lifetime. In 132 color plates of remarkable beauty and precision, Nicolas Day has captured the details of all of Australia's 760 birds. Succinct text by Ken Simpson and other experts gives key points of identification, as well as information about the birds' abundance and patterns of movement. Every species text is accompanied by a detailed map showing the boundaries of breeding and non-breeding populations.

This updated edition includes sixteen new or revised color plates, all new distribution maps with subspecies shown, and more than 900 black-and white-illustrations. The Vagrant Bird Bulletin has been extended to include 74 species, while a useful breeding summary for every species gives immediate information regarding their annual breeding cycle.

All readers, whether beginners or experienced birdwatchers, ornithologists, students or travelers, will find Simpson & Day's Birds of Australia an unrivalled companion to discovering the unique birdlife of this remarkable continent.

  • Field guide section that offers key points of identification using the latest classification system
  • 132 superb full color plates showing all Australian bird species, including 16 new or revised plates
  • All new distribution maps with subspecies shown
  • More than 900 black and white line illustrations, many new or redrawn
  • Extended breeding information
  • Vagrant Bird Bulletin with 74 species
  • Updated core library for beginner birdwatchers
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Editorial Reviews

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Winner of the 2004 Best Bird Book - Australasia, Worldtwitch

"This field guide is an essential field and library reference for anyone observing and identifying Australia's rich birdlife. Most highly recommended."—Wildlife Activist

"Considerable attention has gone into the excellent design. The vibrancy of the color plates, with attention to the feature detail, is magnificent."—Quarterly Review of Biology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691120492
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2004
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Simpson is the author of "Birds in Bass Strait" (1972) and co-author of "Birdwatching in Australia and New Zealand" (with Zoe Wilson, 1998). He is the recipient of the honorary degree, Master of Science, from Monash University (1974) and the Australian Natural History Medallion (1996). Nicolas Day conducts wildlife art classes around Australia. He exhibits regularly in Victorian galleries, and his artwork has been 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).
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Table of Contents

Quick Index iv
Acknowledgments vi
Preface 7
Introdution vii
How to use this book ix
Codes used in this book x

How to observe a bird 1
Parts of a bird's body 1
Believing your eyes 2
Key to Families 8
Field information 18
Vagrant bird bulletin 282
Where the birds live 302
Vegetation and landform habitats of Australia 302
Breeding information 310
The life cycle of a bird 310
Breeding summary 311
Australian island territories checklists 332

Appendices 342
Hints for birdwatchers 342
Glossary 346
Birdwatching societies 350
Core library 351

Index of Latin names 357
Index of common names 371
Writers, artist, and their contributors 381
Quick index 382

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