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The Australian Bird Guide - Peter Menkhorst


Published: 2nd May 2017
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RRP $49.95

Australia's avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continent's impressive range of habitats and evolutionary history. With specially commissioned paintings of over 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever seen.

The guide features close to 250 stunning colour plates, with particular emphasis on providing the fine detail required to identify difficult groups and distinctive plumages. Comprehensive species accounts have been written by a dedicated team of ornithologists to ensure identification details, distribution and status are current and accurate.

The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australia's magnificent and unique birdlife.

About the Author

Peter Menkhorst is a principal scientist with the Victorian government and has forty years' experience in ecological research and the survey and management of Australian mammals and birds. He is the author of A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia.

Danny Rogers is an ornithologist specializing in shorebird ecology and patterns of feather molt in birds, and works for the Victorian government environment department.

Rohan Clarke is a lecturer in vertebrate ecology at the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University.

Jeff Davies is a Melbourne-based artist who specializes in portraits of Australian birds and their environments.

Peter Marsack is an award-winning wildlife artist based in Canberra.

Kim Franklin is a freelance artist and illustrator who has exhibited worldwide and is based in Adelaide.


Beautiful illustrations


Thos is a stunning reference book with outstanding illustrations. Easy to use and very comprehensive. Only small negative is that it doesn't come in hardcover. Makes a wonderful gift for the nature lover. Highly recommend for any bird enthusiast


Authoritative work but with poor index


I have no doubt that this book is the definitive guide to Australian birds from an authoritative viewpoint. BUT, as a very amateur bird watcher, I find it frustratingly difficult to actually find a bird in either the 'Index', the 'Visual quick reference to bird groups',the 'Alphabetical quick reference to bird groups',or the 'Checklist of species'. Try looking for 'kookaburra', 'coot', 'koel' 'dove', for instance. You have to know that it is, eg, a 'Laughing Kookaburra', 'Eurasian Coot', 'Eastern Koel' and I'm still looking for doves. Yet, strangely Willie Wagtail is listed in the Index. The Index itself combines Latin and common names which in itself is confusing. Far better to leave the Latin names to the expert bird watchers and have a Common names index for the rest of us who just want to know what is that wonderful bird they saw in the garden this morning!

Wallabi Point, NSW

Disappointing index


This is a wonderful book but the index is very disappointing for an amateur birdwatcher. You won't find 'kookaburra' for instance unless you know to look for 'laughing kookaburra' or 'blue-winged kookaburra'. To find an osprey you must know it is known as the 'eastern osprey'. Similarly with common birds such as plovers and magpies it is necessary to go to the 'Alphabetical quick reference to bird groups' at the front of the book to find where they are located. Be warned, though, 'wagtails' here will not lead you to 'willie wagtail' which, oddly is in the index or listed with 'flycatchers'. It would have been better to have this information incorporated into the index itself. To find the annoying 'koel' bird you need to know it is called the 'Asian Koel' or else that it is, in fact a cuckoo, or you won't find it at all!

Wallabi Point, NSW

Absolutely fantastic!


Excellent in every way for the beginner bird watcher

Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Beautiful book!


Beautiful illustrations and lots a great facts about all things birds.


Great book


I already had other bird field guides but added this one to my library anyway. This is another excellent guide to identification and I'm glad I've added it to my collection.




The purchase related to Australian Bird life. I live on a farm away from the bustle of a community and bird life is quite prolific.....the book enables my family to positively identify the various bird life around our property.

Tomingley NSW

great book for finding birds that you see in your own garden


great book for finding birds that you see in your own backyard

parkes nsw

most useful volume for anyone interested in Australian birds


This book provides the usual information about birds one would expect in a field guide, together with an easy and intuitive system for finding a likely bird and the details needed to differentiate between similar species. Recommended.

Perth, WA.

Great bird book


For the car




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ISBN: 9780643097544
ISBN-10: 0643097546
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 2nd May 2017
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 17.0
Weight (kg): 1.4