RESOURCES - Books - Birds

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Here is a list of available reference books. Some of the older books may be out of print, but you may still be able to find them in libraries, and through specialist or second-hand book stores.  Please contact us to let us know your favourites, please include the title, publisher and ISBN.  If you'd like, also a short description of why you like it!
ATTRACTING BIRDS TO YOUR GARDEN John Dengate (New Holland) ISBN
1 86436 411 4
 
AUSTRALIAN BIRDS: A concise photographic field guide Donald and Molly Trounson (Cameron House) ISBN
1 87599 947 7
392 pp. An unusual photographic field guide. The text and photographs are presented separately, linked by a numeric key.
AUSTRALIAN BIRD-GARDEN, THE Graham Pizzey (Angus & Robertson) ISBN
0 207 19675 3
 
AUSTRALIAN BIRDS OF PREY Penny Olsen (UNSW Press) ISBN
0 80185 357 5
1996, 240 pp. A collection of research and field work from Penny Olsen, one of Australia's foremost raptor experts. With over 200 photographs and illustrations, this book covers the full range from taxonomy, diet, and distribution to care and rehabilitation. Extremely informative and worthwhile.
AUSTRALIAN PARROTS Joseph Forshaw CSIRO Press ISBN
0 95812 120 6
64o pp hard cover. Illustrated and comprehensive account of parrot, lorikeet and cuckoo species.
BIRDS OF PREY OF AUSTRALIA: A field guide to Australian Raptors Stephen Debus (Oxford University Press) ISBN
0 19550 624 3
1998 152 pp. (Possibly out of print). An in depth look at Australia's 25 species of birds of prey. Concentrates on identification using photographs, paintings and drawings.  A highly recommended book.
BIRDS: THEIR HABITS AND SKILLS Gisela Kaplan & Lesley Rogers (Allen & Unwin) ISBN
1 8650 837 6
2001, 252 pp. 'highly readable, clearly laid out and packed with information. Birds is a good basic textbook for beginners and an important supplemment to field guides and identification books. It will extend the non-ornithologist's knowledge on how bird biology is linked to bird habits and skills." - Leone Lemmer, Australian Museum.
CARING FOR AUSTRALIAN NATIVE BIRDS Heather Parsons (Kangaroo Press) ISBN
0 86417 956 1
 
COMPLETE BOOK OF AUSTRALIAN BIRDS  (Readers Digest) ISBN
0 949819 99 9
 
ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF OWLS Ian Newton, Rod Kavanagh, Jerry Olsen,Iain Taylor (CSIRO Press) ISBN
0 643067 94 9
 
EAGLES, HAWKS AND FALCONS OF AUST David Hollands (CSIRO Press) ISBN
1 876483 19 3
220 pp hard cover. The 34 species of raptors are described and illustrated  with beautiful photography.  Second edition now includes a detailed field guide.
(2004 RRP $49.95)
EVERYBIRD Pat McWhirter (Inkata Press) ISBN
0 409 30868 4
FAIRY-WRENS AND GRASS_WRENS Ian Rowley & Eleanor Russell (Oxford University Press)ISBN
0 19854 690 4
Starts with comprehensive coverage of the evolution, biology and conservation of these birds. Followed by chapters on taxonomy, behaviour, diet etc. Has eight full colour plates, and comes highly recommended by experts in the area.
FIELD GUIDE TO AUSTRALIAN BIRDS Michael Morcombe (CSIRO) ISBN
1 87628 210 X
448 pp Paperback, covers 850 species in a clear and simple design. Has 800 maps and around 3,500 illustrations. (2004 RRP $45)
FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA Simpson & Day (Penguin) ISBN
0 670 87918 5
 
FIELD GUIDE TO TASMANIAN BIRDS Dave Watts (New Holland) ISBN
1 876334 60 6
 
FINDING BIRDS IN AUSTRALIA'S NORTHERN TERRITORY D. Donato, P. Wilkins G. Smith & L Alford (CSIRO) ISBN
0 64306 258 0
1997, 192 pp. A useful field guide to the birds in the top-end.
HANDBOOK OF AUSTRALIAN, NEW ZEALAND & ANTARCTIC BIRDS P. Higgins, J. Peter, W. Steele (Oxford University Press) ISBN
0 19553 071 3
1269 pp. Reports on 118 species of bird, with over 40 colour plates.  An excellent resource, but at almost $400 (2003) this is out of the price range for most individuals.
HANDBOOK OF BIRDS, CAGES & AVIARIES  (Australian Bird Keeper) ISBN:
0 9587102 95
1997, 128 pp. An Australian publication. While aimed at the bird keeper, many of the pages have useful information about bird husbandry, diseases, techniques and 'housing' which prove equally relevant to those temporarily looking after sick or injured birds.
MAGPIE ALERT
 
Darryl Jones (UNSW Press) ISBN
0 86840 668 6
 
NEST BOX BOOK, THE
 
  (Gould League Press) ISBN
1 875687 34 3
 
NEW ATLAS OF AUSTRALIAN BIRDS, THE Barrett, Silcocks, Barry, Cunningham & Poulter (CSIRO) ISBN
1 875122 09 5
828 page hardcover book with colour illustrations. Information on over 650 species of bird, including 4,000 distribution maps showing seasonal changes and breeding range. Shows changes in distributions / numbers since the last Atlas was published in the 1980s.
(RRP $89.95 2004)
PARROTS OF AUSTRALIA - GREEN GUIDE Terrence Lindsey (New Holland) ISBN
1 864363 06 1
 
PHOTOGRAPHIC FIELD GUIDE - BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA Jim Flegg (New Holland) ISBN
1 876334 78 9
Second edition, 367 pp.
TREE HOLLOWS AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION IN AUSTRALIA Philip Gibbons and David Lindenmayer (CSIRO) ISBN
0 643 06705 1
 

        (updated December 2004)

 

     

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