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

Birds of Prey of Australia

A Field Guide


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.


Fantastic Field Guide


I learned so much from reading the handbook section, and I will surely refer to it many times in the future to ID some tricky species. Great book!

Cairns, Australia

Fabulous and unique book about these magnificent creatures.A



NSW Australia


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


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

Beaufort, SA


A 'must' for identifying raptors


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.

Melbourne, AU




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



Birds of Prey of Australia

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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