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The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds : Second Edition - Peter Slater

The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds

Second Edition

Paperback

Published: 16th September 2009
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This guide to the identification and classification of all the birds so far recorded in Australia is designed for use in the field, to slip easily into a hip-pocket, backpack, or glovebox.

The illustrations have been planned to enable easy comparison between similar species. The text emphasises the best way to differentiate each species, with a key sentence setting out the most helpful characteristics to watch for.

In the Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, more than 750 species are described and illustrated in 157 superbly painted plates. The concise and informative text details the different plumages of male and female birds, variations between adult and juvenile birds, information on seperate sub-species or races, together with their range.

The book also includes species distribution maps, which enable the watcher to tell at a glance whether the particular bird is within its area, or is perhaps a rare visitor. In addition, the eggs of all species that actually breed in Australia are illustrated. A concise description of the nest is given as well. The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds is a must for naturalists and enthusiasts alike visiting Australia.

About the Author

Peter Slater has been interested in birds since early childhood and has studied nearly every Australian species in the field. He has written or illustrated more than twenty books on Natural History. The paintings for this volume took about six years to complete, with superb detail and definition, each bird being carefully checked for colour accuracy.

Over 150 full-colour plates

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  • Easy to understand (10)
  • Deeply informative (7)
  • Well written (4)
  • Rich resource (3)

Cons

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  • Reference (10)
  • Gift (6)
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    • Bookworm (5), Everyday reader (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

One of the best books...

I already own a copy of this book but bought this copy as a housewarming present for friends who have just moved over from NZ and were amazed by all the bird life where they...Read complete review

I already own a copy of this book but bought this copy as a housewarming present for friends who have just moved over from NZ and were amazed by all the bird life where they live.

It is a great little book full of drawings & information for not just bird lovers, but those just wondering what the bird was they saw flit by.

I highly recommend it to anyone interested in our beautiful Australian bird life.

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Very good. The only problem is the index.

The index assumes you know what you you are looking for. For example, you look-up Dron.. so you can go to the page - no chance. You have to know the exact...Read complete review

The index assumes you know what you you are looking for. For example, you look-up Dron.. so you can go to the page - no chance. You have to know the exact description, so in this example you have to look under S as it's S< whatever>Dron.. - go figure. And the Latin descriptions are about as much use as Roman numerals.

PS This review is so pathetic I cannot type the actual name of the bird - a beautiful black (whoops can I use that word) bird that is very acrobatic. Apparently the real name is a profanity !

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3.0

Glad I bought it.

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from NSW Australia

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Pros

  • Easy To Read
  • Informative

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Reference

    Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

    Interested in birds so found the book helpful, but not easy to find a particular bird unless you have some idea of what you're looking for. It's like a bird dictionary ... you have to have a starting point to know where to look. But it's still useful and interesting.

     
    3.0

    Very good. The only problem is the index.

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    from Noosa

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      • Difficult To Follow

      Best Uses

      • Gift

      Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

      The index assumes you know what you you are looking for. For example, you look-up Dron.. so you can go to the page - no chance. You have to know the exact description, so in this example you have to look under S as it's S< whatever>Dron.. - go figure. And the Latin descriptions are about as much use as Roman numerals.

      PS This review is so pathetic I cannot type the actual name of the bird - a beautiful black (whoops can I use that word) bird that is very acrobatic. Apparently the real name is a profanity !

       
      5.0

      A must have for any bird lovers

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      from Melbourne

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      Pros

      • Easy To Understand
      • Great Identity Pics

      Cons

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        • Reference

        Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

        Has a plastic cover to protect it when you use it hiking outdoors and solidly constructed so can deal with being thrown in the backpack or jacket pocket. When not hiking its on our kitchen bench so we can identify birds in our garden

         
        4.0

        Easy to use field guide

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        from Melbourne, Au

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        Pros

        • Easy To Understand
        • Narrows The Search
        • Rich Resource

        Cons

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          • Field Guide

          Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

          Excellent field guide for the serious bird watcher

           
          4.0

          Great identification guide

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          from Queensland, Australia

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          Pros

          • Deeply Informative
          • Easy To Understand
          • Great Categorisation

          Cons

          • Few In-flight Images

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          • Field Guide
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          Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

          Easy to use visual guide, images directly opposite info and logical categorisation. Could do with more in-flight (from below) images of birds of prey.

           
          3.0

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          from Canberra

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          • Deeply Informative
          • Easy To Understand

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            Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

            I lost my previous edition of this guide. I found it excellent as a nice-sized, comprehensive, single reference book.
            This edition is the same but is far heavier - too heavy for me to enjoy carrying around.

             
            4.0

            What every bird observer needs

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            from Sydney, AU

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            • Deeply Informative
            • Easy To Understand
            • Great illustrations

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              Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

              This bird guide is very informative and provides excellent illustrations for different species, as well as the different sexes and juveniles.

               
              5.0

              One of the best books...

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              from Gold Coast

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              • Deeply Informative
              • Easy To Understand
              • Well Written

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                • Gift
                • Reference

                Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

                I already own a copy of this book but bought this copy as a housewarming present for friends who have just moved over from NZ and were amazed by all the bird life where they live.

                It is a great little book full of drawings & information for not just bird lovers, but those just wondering what the bird was they saw flit by.

                I highly recommend it to anyone interested in our beautiful Australian bird life.

                 
                5.0

                Great informative book

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                from Port Macquarie

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                • Easy To Understand
                • Well Written

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                  • Gift
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                  Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

                  My son used this book extensivly when he travelled through outback australia. My husband had a look through it and was very impressed hence he is getting one for his birthday.

                   
                  5.0

                  great reference book

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                  from Cessnock NSW AU

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                  • Deeply Informative
                  • Easy To Understand
                  • Well Written

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                    Comments about The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds:

                    Easy to handle in the field. good size for outdoor work

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                    ISBN: 9781877069635
                    ISBN-10: 1877069639
                    Audience: Professional
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 414
                    Published: 16th September 2009
                    Publisher: NEW HOLLAND PUBLISHERS
                    Country of Publication: AU
                    Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 11.9  x 2.7
                    Weight (kg): 691
                    Edition Number: 2
                    Edition Type: Revised