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Parrots of the World: Up close with the World’s Cleverest BirdsArtist/Author: Brookes, Steve
Parrots have always captured the imagination of humans. This beautifully illustrated book on the world’s parrots explores all aspects of their lives, as well as the threats facing them. It showcases beautiful photography from around the world and has a chapter on each parrot family, from the huge macaws and cockatoos to the diminutive hanging-parrots and parrotlets.
The Vision and Passion of William T. Cooper: A RetrospectiveArtist/Author: Cooper, Wendy (Editor)
A catalogue of images published in association with the exhibition The Vision of William T. Cooper: A Retrospective presented at the Tableland Regional Gallery in Atherton, from 1st September – 26th November 2017.
Grasswrens: Australian Outback IdentitiesArtist/Author: Black, Andrew and Peter Gower.
Provides a natural history of grasswrens in Australia followed by details of each species.
Birds of the Wet Tropics of Queensland and Great Barrier Reef and where to find them
An easy-to-use field guide to the birds of tropical Far North Queensland.
Unlike conventional field guides which arrange birds in taxonomic order, this field guide allows birders to easily identify birds by their colour, habits or habitats. Illustrations are accurately painted by the author, Lloyd Nielsen.
Researchers seeking the definitive reference tool will find the Status and Range section invaluable as it describes the current status and range of the 451 species of bird recorded in these two World Heritage Areas.
The Field Guide section (206 pages) includes distribution maps and arranges birds according to their colour and most obvious feature such as “long” tail, some straited plumage, brown or appears brownish, yellow or buff rump, all-white head, black and white plumage, as well as habits such as wags or quivers tail, hovers, forages on tree trunks and limbs, spends much time in the air and so on. Also described in the Field Guide section are groups of birds such as shorebirds and some resident freshwater waders, diurnal birds of prey, nocturnal birds, terns, gulls, seabirds, quail and button-quail and the true aerial birds (swifts, swiftlets, swallows, martins).
85 pages are devoted to birds difficult-to-identify, some of which, for example, egrets, Black-shouldered and Letter-winged Kites, the four species of grey gerygone, Leaden, Satin and Broad-billed Flycatchers, Bassian and Russet-tailed Thrush are also found in other parts of Australia. Some groups of birds difficult-to-identify groups include egrets, the three “yellow-spotted” honeyeaters, gerygones, Bronze-cuckoos, scrubwrens, friarbirds, swiftlets, flycatchers.
Current research highlights the unanswered questions about species such as the “Herberton” Honeyeater, cicadabirds, Pacific Swallow, and a probable new species of Quail-thrush.
Best birding areas from Cooktown to Townsville include regional maps and birds likely to be seen at each site.
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Effective Ecological Monitoring. Coming May 2018Artist/Author: David Lindenmayer, Gene Likens
Arriving in May 2018: Pre-order your copy today.
The fully revised second edition of the highly acclaimed book.
Long-term monitoring programs are fundamental to understanding the natural environment and managing major environmental problems. Yet they are often done very poorly and ineffectively. This second edition of the highly acclaimed Effective Ecological Monitoring describes what makes monitoring programs successful and how to ensure that long-term monitoring studies persist.
The book has been fully revised and updated but remains concise, illustrating key aspects of effective monitoring with case studies and examples. It includes new sections comparing surveillance-based and question-based monitoring, analysing environmental observation networks, and provides examples of adaptive monitoring.
Based on the authors’ 80 years of collective experience in running long-term research and monitoring programs, Effective Ecological Monitoring is a valuable resource for the natural resource management, ecological and environmental science and policy communities.
Have You Seen My Egg?Artist/Author: OLSEN, PENNY
Eddy Emu has lost one of his eggs. He travels far and wide, looking for it. Has Lizzie Lizard seen it? Has Susie Spider found it? Is it among Connie Crocodile’s eggs? Can Pip and Poppy Penguin help him?
Join Eddy on his search and meet his friends. See all their different eggs and meet the babies that have just hatched. And, finally, find out what happened to Eddy’s egg.
Vanished and Vanishing Parrots: Profiling Extinct and Endangered Species.Artist/Author: Forshaw, Joseph and Frank Knight.
Parrots are among the most distinctive and beautiful birds in the world. They are also among the most endangered bird groups, threatened by habitat loss through land clearance, the trapping of adults, and the taking of chicks from the nest for the international live-bird trade. Currently, a number of species are in danger of extinction. Vanished and Vanishing Parrots is a comprehensive reference, bringing together information on species that have become extinct or are in danger of becoming extinct. The book is organised into three regional sections: the Australasian Distribution, the Afro-Asian Distribution and the Neotropical Distribution. Each section contains a general introduction discussing the status of parrots in the region, with particular emphasis on threats that caused the extinction of species or are endangering extant species, and conservation measures being implemented or which should be implemented. Within the regional sections, species accounts provide up-to-date information on distribution, status, habitats, movements, calls, habits and breeding behaviour. Each account is accompanied by a magnificent colour plate by renowned artist Frank Knight.
Vanished and Vanishing Parrots will be a valuable reference for scientific, ornithological and avicultural organisations, as well as individual lovers of birds and of illustrated natural history books.
Australasian Eagles and Eagle-like BirdsArtist/Author: Debus, Stephen.
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). Three of the four Melanesian tropical forest endemics are threatened or near-threatened. 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. Included are the first nest or prey records for some Melanesian species. This book places the Australasian species in their regional and global context, reviews their population status and threats, provides new information 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.
The Australian Bird GuideArtist/Author: Menkhorst, Peter, Danny Rogers and Rohan Clarke.
The most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated field guide to Australia’s unique birdlife.
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 around 4700 colour illustrations, 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.
Winner of the 2017 Whitley Medal
RSPB Gardening for Wildlife: A Complete Guide to Nature-friendly GardeningArtist/Author: Adrian Thomas
Gardening for wildlife is hugely enjoyable. There is something uplifting about having butterflies in your flowerbeds, frogs in your water feature and birds in your bushes – and knowing that they’re here because of you. But if you want a ‘nice’ garden too, don’t worry! This new book busts the myths that wildlife gardens have to be ‘wild’, or that you can only garden for wildlife in a ‘wildlife garden’. You can easily fit in wildlife gardening alongside everything else you want from your garden. The secret is understanding the ‘home needs’ of your guests. Tap into their needs and you can create a five-star hotel for birds, bees, butterflies and more. As well as looking at a host of different species,
there are sections to help you create entire habitats, such as woodland and meadow gardens, and a catalogue of over 300 of the very best garden flowers, shrubs and trees for wildlife. So no matter how large or small your garden, whether it is formal or a family football pitch, there are all sorts of things you can do. If you love wildlife and want to encourage more, this inspirational book will help
you sow the seeds and reap the rewards.
Unique Australian bird sounds.Artist/Author: van Gessel, Fred.
This useful book and audio CD combination aids identification of a wide selection of species through sight and sound. In the book each of the 70 species covered has a photograph, along with descriptions of key identification features, habitat, distribution and the songs and calls which can be heard on the corresponding CD audio track. Birds covered come from all over Australia and include bowerbirds, butcherbirds, fairy-wrens, cuckoos, kookaburras and parrots. Of particular interest are Orange-footed scrubfowl, Marbled frogmouth, Yellow-tailed black-cockatoo, Gang-gang cockatoo and Crested bellbird.
The most perfect thing: inside (and outside) a bird’s egg.Artist/Author: Birkhead, Tim
‘I think that, if required on pain of death to name instantly the most perfect thing in the universe, I should risk my fate on a bird’s egg’ Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 1862 How are eggs of different shapes made, and why are they the shape they are? When does the shell of an egg harden? Why do some eggs contain two yolks? How are the colours and patterns of an eggshell created, and why do they vary? And which end of an egg is laid first – the blunt end or the pointy end? These are just some of the questions A Bird’s Egg answers, as the journey of a bird’s egg from creation and fertilisation to its eventual hatching is examined, with current scientific knowledge placed within an historical context. Beginning with an examination of the stunning eggs of the guillemot, each of which is so variable in pattern and colour that no two are ever the same, acclaimed ornithologist Tim Birkhead then looks at the eggs of hens, cuckoos and many other birds, revealing weird and wonderful facts about these miracles of nature.
Woven around and supporting these facts are extraordinary stories of the individuals who from as far back as Ancient Egypt have been fixated on the study and collection of eggs, not always to the benefit of their conservation. Firmly grounded in science and enriched by a wealth of observation drawn from a lifetime spent studying birds,A Bird’s Egg is an illuminating and engaging exploration of the science behind eggs and the history of our obsession with them.