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Birds of Australia

Melanie Colón
  • Ken Simpson & Nicolas Day Princeton University Press 2010 http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9142.html English , Australasian, , Australia, Princeton Field Guides 07/06/2010 0691146926 9780691146928 No value No value

This is the completely revised eighth edition of Australia's best-selling field guide, with close to 600,000 copies sold. In 132 color plates of remarkable beauty and precision, Nicolas Day captures the details of all 780 of Australia's birds. Succinct text by Ken Simpson and other experts gives key points of identification for every species, as well as information about the birds' abundance and patterns of movement. Detailed color distribution maps accompany the species text.


This updated edition includes three replacement plates, eleven additional rare species, taxonomic revisions, and additional color as well as black-and-white illustrations. The Vagrant Bird Bulletin contains illustrations and a map for all rare species. A useful breeding summary for every species gives immediate information regarding their annual breeding cycles.


All readers, whether beginning or experienced birdwatchers, ornithologists, students, or travelers, will find Birds of Australia an unrivaled companion for discovering the unique birdlife of this remarkable continent.

  • 132 superb full-color plates
  • More than 900 black-and-white line illustrations
  • Updated with 3 replacement plates, 11 additional rare species, taxonomic revisions, and expanded illustrations
  • Vagrant Bird Bulletin with illustrations and a map for all rare species

Ken Simpson is a well-known Australian birder and coauthor of Birdwatching in Australia and New Zealand. He is a recipient of the Australian Natural History Medallion. Nicolas Day is a full-time wildlife artist and teacher. He exhibits regularly in galleries in Victoria, and his work has appeared in other books, including Birds of the Solomons, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia.

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