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Birds of Prey of Australia : A Field Guide - Stephen Debus

Birds of Prey of Australia

A Field Guide

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This book is an illustrated field guide to diurnal raptors, a bird group that many people find among the most difficult birds to identify. Raptors are popular and iconic birds, and important ecologically as well as in legislation, with some species listed as threatened. Birds of Prey of Australia will enable people to more easily identify them. It also provides a brief overview of the biology of raptors and an indication of the current state of knowledge on them.

About the Author

Stephen J. S. Debus has undertaken research on and written about raptors for 30 years. He completed a PhD and postdoctoral research in Zoology, on declining woodland birds. He now works as an ecological consultant, and is an honorary research associate at UNE, doing projects on various raptors. He co-edits the BOCA journal Australian Field Ornithology, edits the Australasian Raptor Association (ARA) journal Boobook, and serves on the Australian Bird Study Association committee. Stephen has authored field guides on raptors and owls and participated in several Red Goshawk projects.

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birds of prey..... This is the book you

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    Comments about Birds of Prey of Australia:

    A great book for looking up Birds of Prey. Great detail in the pictures. Have already recognized a few birds of prey around us.

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    5.0

    A 'must' for identifying raptors

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    • Easy To Understand
    • Rich Resource
    • Well Written

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      Comments about Birds of Prey of Australia:

      This a wonderful resource for anyone interested in Australian raptors. In addition to having clear descriptions, location, habits and flight silhouettes, the images are mostly set out on facing pages, which makes this a very useable reference. Images cover stages for each species from juvenile to adult and where relevant, the various morphs. Views show each bird at rest in typical stance and in flight from below and above, clearly showing plumage patterns and colour within growth stages of individual species. An invaluable section is called "Difficult species-pairs" where species that have very similar plumage patterns and other characteristics are presented as paired, lengthways half sections, for clear comparison.

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      Excellence!

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      • An Outstanding Guide
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      Comments about Birds of Prey of Australia:

      An outstanding reference for identification of raptors. Without a doubt, the best in Australia & should be in every bird watchers kit.

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      Preface to the first editionp. ix
      Preface to the second editionp. xi
      Introduction: Birds of preyp. xiii
      Field Guidep. 1
      Species descriptionsp. 3
      Unconfirmed vagrants and doubtful speciesp. 58
      Difficult species-pairsp. 59
      Photographsp. 72
      Handbookp. 93
      Ospreys, genus Pandionp. 95
      Eastern Osprey Pandion cristatusp. 95
      Small kites, genus Elanusp. 97
      Black-shouldered Kite Elanus axillarisp. 97
      Letter-winged Kite Elanus scriptusp. 98
      Pernine kitesp. 100
      Square-tailed Kite Lophoictinia isurap. 100
      Black-breasted Buzzard Hamirostra melanosternonp. 102
      Pacific Baza Aviceda subcristatap. 104
      Australian endemic hawks, genus Erythrotriorchisp. 106
      Red Goshawk Erythrotriorchis radiatusp. 106
      Large kites and sea-eaglesp. 109
      Black Kite Milvus migransp. 109
      Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurusp. 111
      Brahminy Kite Haliastur indusp. 112
      White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogasterp. 113
      Goshawks and sparrowhawks, genus Accipiterp. 116
      Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatusp. 117
      Collared Sparrowhawk Accipiter cirrocephalusp. 118
      Grey Goshawk Accipiter novaehollandiaep. 119
      Harriers, genus Circusp. 121
      Spotted Harrier Circus assimilisp. 121
      Swamp Harrier Circus approximansp. 122
      Booted eagles, genera Aquila and Hieraaetusp. 124
      Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audaxp. 125
      Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoidesp. 127
      Falcons, genus Falcop. 129
      Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroidesp. 129
      Brown Falcon Falco berigorap. 131
      Australian Hobby Falco longipennisp. 132
      Grey Falcon Falco hypoleucosp. 133
      Black Falcon Falco subnigerp. 135
      Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinusp. 136
      Threats, conservation and the futurep. 139
      Glossaryp. 153
      Bibliographyp. 157
      Indexp. 179
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      ISBN: 9780643104365
      ISBN-10: 0643104364
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 208
      Published: 1st September 2012
      Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.8  x 1.5
      Weight (kg): 0.39
      Edition Number: 2