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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

    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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      from Melbourne, AU

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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 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
        Edition Number: 2