Birds of Australia: A Photographic Guide by Iain Campbell

By Iain Campbell

Australia is domestic to a fabulous variety of birdlife, from parrots and penguins to emus and colourful passerines. Birds of Australia covers all 714 species of resident birds and often happening migrants and contours greater than 1,100 gorgeous colour pictures, together with many images of subspecies and plumage diversifications by no means ahead of obvious in a box advisor. precise facing-page species money owed describe key identity gains equivalent to dimension, plumage, distribution, habit, and voice. This one of a kind consultant additionally presents huge habitat descriptions with a great number of accompanying pictures. The textual content is dependent upon the very most up-to-date IOC taxonomy and the distribution maps comprise the most up-tp-date mapping facts, making this the main updated advisor to Australian birds.

  • Covers all 714 species of resident birds and frequently happening migrants
  • Features greater than 1,100 attractive colour photos
  • Includes facing-page species bills, habitat descriptions, and distribution maps
  • The excellent photographic advisor for newbies and pro birders alike

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5–39in These large seabirds appear white at a distance and have a strange, stubby-tailed silhouette; the red tail streamers are obvious only at close range. The adults have a red bill, while young birds have a dark bill and a complex pattern of black bars and speckles on the upperparts. They are rarely seen close to the mainland; spotting them usually requires a summer pelagic birding trip or a visit to one of their offshore breeding islands. There is a small breeding population at Sugarloaf Rock near Cape Naturaliste in WA that can be seen from the mainland; the birds can also be seen on both Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands.

Southern grazing lands also provide habitat for Emus, songlarks, Banded Lapwings, buttonquail, and even Plains-wanderer in some specific areas of NSW and VIC. 37 photographs following pages: 38: Redbrowed Pardalote (top left), male Scarlet Robin (top right), and male Splendid Fairywren (bottom) page 39: male Red-capped Parrot page Species Accounts 40 CASSOWARY; EMU 1 SOUTHERN CASSOWARY Casuarius casuarius 170–175cm/67–69in A massive, heavyset, flightless rainforest bird weighing up to 86kg (190lb), Southern Cassowary (family Casuariidae) has a coarsely feathered black body and a striking blue and red naked neck and head, which bears a distinctive, large triangular knob or helmet on top.

Australia (where most abundant in the south-east), rarely in the north, on large freshwater wetlands and occasionally also in tidal bays. It is restricted to large bodies of water. 1 br. br. 1 nbr. 1 br. 2 nbr. 5–39in A huge pied goose with some odd physical features, such as the hooked bill and a strange, helmet-like knob on its crown, which leads to its classification within its own, one-species family, Anseranatidae. 5m (5ft), especially conspicuous in the tropical north of Australia, where it often congregates in truly massive numbers, sometimes flocking in groups of thousands.

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