Jump to content
Ornithology Exchange
Sign in to follow this  

John Gould's Extinct and Endangered Birds of Australia


Chris Merkord
  • Sue Taylor National Library of Australia 2012 Australia http://publishing.nla.gov.au/book/john-goulds-extinct-and-endangered-birds-of-australia.do

    Colour illustrations

    256 pages

    English , Australasian, , Australia, 11/01/2012 0642277656 9780642277657 No value No value

In 1838, John Gould, the 'father of Australian ornithology' visited Australia with the intention of gathering material for his great work on Australian birds. In the resulting publication, The Birds of Australia: In Seven Volumes (1848), and the accompanying Supplement (1869), Gould named, for the first time, no fewer than 32 Australian bird species.

 

Gould's words about the Norfolk Island Kaka were prophetic—the last bird of its kind died in a cage in London in 1851. Since then, a number of other species illustrated in The Birds of Australia have become extinct and others are now facing extinction.

 

John Gould's Extinct and Endangered Birds of Australia features 59 plates of birds from Gould's eight-volume work, birds that today are threatened or that no longer exist. Featuring exquisite full-colour lithographs reproduced from the National Library of Australia's copy of The Birds of Australia, this book gives an insight into the history of each bird's European discovery, as well as its subsequent fortunes or misfortunes.

Sign in to follow this  


User Feedback

Recommended Comments

There are no comments to display.



Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×