- Series: Princeton Field Guides
- Flexibound: 392 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; Eighth edition (July 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691146926
- ISBN-13: 978-0691146928
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Birds of Australia: Eighth Edition (Princeton Field Guides) Flexibound – July 26, 2010
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"This field guide's gorgeous new edition will whet your appetite for a trip down under. It covers all 780 of the continent's birds. For each species, you'll find authoritative text, range maps, and color illustrations. More than 900 black-and-white sketches--depicting nests, chicks, face patterns, bill profiles, flight styles, and more--accompany many accounts."--Birder's World
"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."--Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report
"Top-notch visual presentation, layout, and informational content, with a terrific size and durability for field use, this is a guide I'd recommend to any birder, as well as any birder visiting Australia."--Terry Sohl, Bird's Eye View
"An innovative example of a field guide. . . . [W]hat sets this book apart is its superb scheme of organization."--William P. Mueller, Bluebird's Laugh
"The Eighth Edition of Simpson and Day's guide to Australian birds performs the basic function of illustrating and describing Australian birds wonderfully well. When you think about all the information that this single volume contains; starting with the vast collective effort of birdwatchers paid and unpaid, decisions about what to include and what to leave out, and most importantly: drawing the pictures; it truly is a wonderful piece of work."--Adam Leavesley, Emu
"All-in-all this is an excellent guide and I look forward to giving mine a good field test in the near future."--Cyndi M. Smith, Canadian Field-Naturalist
"[O]verall, this is a very nice field guide to Australia and I highly recommend it. . . . The habitat information, something that's lacking in other Aussie guides, is worth the purchase by itself."--Michael Retter, South Dakota Bird Notes
About the Author
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".
Top Customer Reviews
Now for my main gripe. Some of the illustrations are of poses that do not show the features of the bird clearly. It appear the illustrator was more interested in showing his artistic ability than in properly illustrating the bird in question so that one might be able to see the identifying features. Now, there are not a lot of these done that way, maybe no more than 5%. Females illustrated posed behind the males, some posed facing the viewer so that the profile can not be seen (most common criticism). Final gripe. Dimensions are given only in centimeters. Sort of difficult for non-cm users to arrive at a size that is meaningful. I had to convert and hand write the size in inches.
-Firstly, this book doesn't focus on Australian islands such as, Load Howe, Christmas, has only species list in these areas, which no picture and identified information.
-Unacceptable weakness are, no picture for some new-discovered species that able to identified by your bare-eye and some distinctive subspecies (like, Cape York brush-turkey), not show for some important plumage pictures; like, male of southern cassowary, adult plumage of royal penguin
-There has some line drawing pictures on opposite of species plate as supplement part, but not much help because it's not painting picture.
Sadly, I ever seen other Australian bird guide before, although it is not latest information update but it has more cover information than this guide. Dear tourists who want to have a backpack traveling in Australia and its territories, and looking for a cover information bird guide, please thinking before you buy this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit large to carry in the field. Otherwise very satisfied. I like that firds are depicted in naturalistic poses in appropriate habitat. Read morePublished 22 months ago by marydee
Great all around guide. The maps and plates are a good learning tool. If I just had one field guide this would be it.Published on April 5, 2014 by Felicia Thomas
Great little book, easy to carry around. Soft cover under the dust jacket. If you are interested in birds of Australia then this book would be of enormous help.Published on September 8, 2013 by Stephanie Scott