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Birds of Prey of Australia: A Field Guide

Stephen Debus

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CSIRO Publishing
01 September 2012
Birds (ornithology); Wildlife: birds & birdwatching
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is a completely revised and updated field guide of a classic first published fifteen years ago, and so draws on a lot of new data. It has been reformatted, so that it is a comprehensive guide to the diurnal raptors, and contains a brief overview of the biology and the threats, conservation and future of Australian raptors. Illustrated by Jeff Davies, the plates show adult, juvenile and dimorphic differences in plumage, as well as drawings of the flight pattern (often as fellow birders know, the only way of seeing the birds!) and distribution maps. There are also illustrations of difficult species pairs so you can see the difference between an adult brown goshawk and a collared sparrowhawk for instance. Photographs are also included in a separate section, drawn from some of our best bird photographers. Overall, a very valuable book equally useful in the field, or as a reference. Lindy


This book is an illustrated field guide to diurnal raptors, a bird group that many people find among the most difficult birds to identify. Raptors are popular and iconic birds, and important ecologically as well as in legislation, with some species listed as threatened. Birds of Prey of Australia will enable people to more easily identify them. It also provides a brief overview of the biology of raptors and an indication of the current state of knowledge on them. The book has been completely revised and updated, with 15 years of new data, a section on difficult species-pairs (split-images providing direct contrast), and rearranged in modern field-guide format, making it easy to use and enabling rapid identification of 'difficult' raptors. Birds of Prey of Australia will appeal to a wide range of readers, including ornithologists, raptor biologists, birdwatchers, wildlife rescuers/carers, raptor rehabilitators, zookeepers, naturalists, bushwalkers, ecological consultants, fauna authorities, park rangers, state forestry personnel, and students. 
By:   Stephen Debus
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 215mm,  Width: 148mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9780643104365
ISBN 10:   0643104364
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   01 September 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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