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Our Birds: Nilimurrungu Wayin MalanynhaArtist/Author: Stubbs, Siena
A delightful gift book of birds from around Yirrkala, which is Siena’s home in North East Arnhem Land. This beautiful liitle book includes the English and Yolŋu names of the birds and their Yolŋu moiety. In Yolŋu culture, everything is divided into two moieties: Yirritja and Dhuwa – and as a result all things are classified, from a body of water to a specific type of tree and all our birds. Birds give themselves their Yolŋu name by the sounds they make.
‘There are so many birds in Arnhem Land it is difficult to keep count’, says Siena, however she has been able to capture some for this whimsical little title. Our Birds also includes beautifully captured landscapes from a child’s perspective.
When Siena was 12 years old, she took up photography on her iPad, but was gifted a camera from her aunty. In a short period of time, Siena was an avid photographer and had published her own book of birds. This book is the result of that inspiration.
Glimpses of Australian Birdlife (Paperback) – COMING JUNE 2018Artist/Author: Slater, Peter, Sally Elmer, Raoul Slater
In Glimpses of Australian Birds, authors Peter Slater & Sally Elmer with Raoul Slater take us into the world of birds as they see it. To photograph this book, Raoul Slater spent days sitting in hides with primitive cameras or lugging clumsy and heavy equipment through the wilderness. Some of the results are here – others were taken with the latest state-of-the-art digital cameras. Also available in hard cover.
An Uncertain Future: Australian Birdlife in DangerArtist/Author: Maslen, Geoffrey
In An Uncertain Future, Geoffrey Maslen takes us into the fascinating lives of Australian birds, showing us how intelligent they are, the significant threats they face due to disappearing habitats and climate change and how essential these angels of the air are to our own survival. Soaring through the skies, light as the air itself, birds are the closest creatures we have to angels on the planet. They bring song and beauty to our lives, and they play a significant role in sustaining Earth’s ecosystems. But birds are also facing the threat of extinction. Drawing on numerous interviews with researchers and biologists studying birdlife in Australia and dozens of scientific reports from around the world, Maslen reveals a dire picture of what plummeting bird populations means for humanity.
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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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
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 feathered tribes of Van Diemen’s Land.Artist/Author: Lloyd, Sarah.
An introduction to the birds of Tasmania, including helpful tips on their habitats and where to find them. This is not a field guide but could be used as such as it includes colour photographs of most forest birds found in Tasmania. While it focuses on Tasmania’s birds, it also includes information about vocalisation, the dawn chorus, threats to birds and a section about good ecological practices making it relevant to people in other parts of the country.
Birds of the west wind: how Australia has shaped New Zealand’s avian life.Artist/Author: Sheeran, Garry.
The origin of New Zealand birds is a story whose continuing evolution in the last 30 years especially has upset many apple carts – from the idea that the moa has evolved from a small South American bird which flew to ancient New Zealand, to the seeming preposterous suggestion that the kiwi is more closely related to the Madagascan elephant bird than the moa. What, then, of the kakapo, kea, tui, rifleman, stitchbird and the rest of our iconic New Zealand birds? Garry Sheeran has dug up what professionals are re-discovering about the origin of New Zealand birds with the help of modern scientific tools. A particular theme is the influence of Australian avifauna on New Zealand’s bird life. In Part 1 he tells of his layman’s latter-day interest in birds with enthusiasm, originality and charm. He also traces how the origin stories of birds are closely connected to the origins of the islands and continents on which they are found. Part 2 contains specific origin stories of more than 80 land and shore birds, and traces their possible connection to Australian birds. The book is aimed as much at readers with little knowledge of New Zealand’s bird life as it is at enthusiastic and knowledgeable birders.