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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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Published: 1st September 2012
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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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5.0

A 'must' for identifying raptors

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from Melbourne, AU

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Pros

  • Deeply Informative
  • Easy To Understand
  • Rich Resource
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Reference

    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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    5.0

    Excellence!

    By Crazy birder

    from Nowra,NSW

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    Pros

    • An Outstanding Guide
    • Deeply Informative
    • Easy To Understand

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    • Limited Appeal

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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
    Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.8  x 1.5
    Weight (kg): 0.39