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Australasian Eagles and Eagle-like Birds - Stephen Debus

Australasian Eagles and Eagle-like Birds

Paperback Published: 1st August 2017
ISBN: 9781486306923
Number Of Pages: 192

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Eagles are awe-inspiring birds that have influenced much human endeavour. Australia is home to three eagle species, and in Melanesia there are four additional endemic species. A further three large Australian hawks are eagle-like. Eagles, being at the top of the food chain, are sensitive ecological barometers of human impact on the Earth’s ecosystem services, and all of the six Australian species covered in this book are threatened in at least some states (one also nationally).

In Australasian Eagles and Eagle-like Birds , Dr Stephen Debus provides a 25-year update of knowledge on these 10 species as a supplement to the Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds (HANZAB) and recent global treatises, based partly on his own field studies. This book places the Australasian species in their regional and global context, reviews their population status and threats, provides new information on on their ecology, and suggests what needs to be done in order to ensure the future of these magnificent birds.

Australasian Eagles and Eagle-like Birds is an invaluable resource for raptor biologists, birdwatchers, wildlife rescuers and carers, raptor rehabilitators and zookeepers.

About the Author

Stephen Debus has undertaken research on and written about raptors for nearly 35 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 the University of New England.

In 2015, he was awarded BirdLife Australia's D.L. Serventy Medal for ornithological publication, recognising his role as Australia's longest serving ornithological editor and contributions to the field, including over 130 papers, the Whitley Award-winning Birds of Prey of Australia: A Field Guide, 2nd edition (CSIRO Publishing 2012), and work on the raptor sections of the Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds, Volume 2.

Foreword

Preface

Introduction

Part I - Sea-eagles

White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster

Sanford's Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus sanfordi

Part II - Harpy eagles

New Guinea Harpy Eagle Harpyopsis novaeguineae

Part III - Booted eagles

Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax

Gurney's Eagle Aquila gurneyi

Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides

Pygmy Eagle Hieraaetus weiskei

Part IV - Australian eagle-like hawks

Black-breasted Buzzard Hamirostra melanosternon

Square-tailed Kite Lophoictinia isura

Red Goshawk Erythrotriochis radiatus

Epilogue

Bibliography

Other sources of information

Appendix: Scientific names of other Australian raptors

Index

ISBN: 9781486306923
ISBN-10: 1486306926
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st August 2017
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.51

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