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Compact Field Guide to Australian Birds

The complete pocket-sized reference
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Written and illustrated by one of Australia's most respected birding experts, Michael Morcombe, this has been an essential reference for every birdwatcher and field naturalist for several decades. The most comprehensive compact field guide on Australian birds, it features over 3,000 illustrations detailing subspecies, males, females and juveniles of over 800 species from the mainland, Tasmania and offshore islands. The Quickfind system of colour tags gives easy reference to bird families, with locations pinpointed with distribution maps, and the unique tables at the beginning of each chapter illustrate the relative sizes of species. Includes a clear plastic protective cover.
Michael Morcombe, a passionate bird enthusiast since high school, transitioned from bird photography to studying birds themselves, recording their behaviours and habitats. His career as a photographer and author flourished with over forty titles, including renowned works like Birds of Australia. Encountering challenges in capturing perfect shots, he honed his skills in sketching and painting birds while refining his ideas for an authoritative bird guide. His dedication culminated in the creation of the Field Guide to Australian Birds, praised for its ease of use and comprehensive coverage. Morcombe's contributions earned him accolades such as the NSW Royal Zoological Society’s Whitley Award and the 1969 C.J. Dennis award.
Introduction Warblers, Grassbirds, Spinifexbird, Cisticolas, Sparrows, Wagtails, Pipits, Feral Finches Thrushes, Flycatchers, Starlings, Swallows, Martins, White-eyes, Mistletoebird, Sunbird Riflebirds, Manucode, Ravens, Crows, Chough, Apostlebird, Catbirds, Bowerbirds Trillers, Cuckoo-shrikes, Cicadabird, Orioles, Figbird, Woodswallows, Butcherbirds, Magpie, Currawongs Monarch Flycatchers, Boatbill, Fantails, Willie Wagtail, Drongo, Magpie-lark Whipbirds, Wedgebills, Quail-thrushes, Sittella, Bellbird, Shrike-tit, Whistlers, Shrike-thrushes Scrub-robins, Robins, Flycatchers, Logrunner, Chowchilla, Babblers Wattlebirds, Friarbirds, Honeyeaters, Miners, Spinebills, Chats, Gibberbird Pardalotes, Scrubwrens, Heathwrens, Fieldwrens, Redthroat, Gerygones, Thornbills, Whitefaces Fairy-wrens, Emu-wrens, Grasswrens Pittas, Lyrebirds, Scrub-birds, Bristlebirds, Treecreepers Swifts, Kingfishers, Bee-eater, Dollarbird Cuckoos, Coucal, Owls, Frogmouths, Nightjars Cockatoos, Lorikeets, Parrots, Rosellas Doves, Pigeons Skuas, Jaegers, Gulls, Terns, Noddies Phalaropes, Jacanas, Stone-curlews, Stilts, Pratincoles, Oystercatchers, Plovers, Dotterels, Lapwings Button-quails, Snipes, Dowitchers, Godwits, Curlews, Shanks, Yellowlegs, Sandpipers, Knots, Tattlers, Sanderling, Stints Moorhen, Swamphen, Native-hens, Coot, Bush-hen, Crakes, Rails, Bustard Osprey, Kites, Eagles, Buzzard, Harriers, Baza, Sparrowhawk, Goshawks, Kestrel, Hobby, Falcons Egrets, Herons, Bitterns, Spoonbills, Ibises, Stork, Cranes Tropicbirds, Boobies, Darter, Cormorants, Pelican, Gannets, Frigatebirds Petrels, Shearwaters, Prions, Albatrosses, Storm-Petrels, Diving Petrels Geese, Swans, Ducks, Grebes, Penguins Emu, Cassowary, Megapodes, Quails Finches, Firetails, Mannikins
* Australia's most comprehensive compact guide * Essential information on over 800 species of birds * Over 3000 illustrations by the author Publicity: * Advertisement in Bird Life Australia * Press Releases to key birding and other nature publications * Attractive promotional material available on request

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