This is the completely revised eighth edition of Australia's best-selling field guide, with close to 600,000 copies sold. In 132 color plates of remarkable beauty and precision, Nicolas Day captures the details of all 780 of Australia's birds. Succinct text by Ken Simpson and other experts gives key points of identification for every species, as well as information about the birds' abundance and patterns of movement. Detailed color distribution maps accompany the species text.
This updated edition includes three replacement plates, eleven additional rare species, taxonomic revisions, and additional color as well as black-and-white illustrations. "The Vagrant Bird Bulletin" contains illustrations and a map for all rare species. A useful breeding summary for every species gives immediate information regarding their annual breeding cycles. All readers, whether beginning or experienced birdwatchers, ornithologists, students, or travelers, will find Birds of Australia an unrivaled companion for discovering the unique birdlife of this remarkable continent.
"This field guide's gorgeous new edition will whet your appetite for a trip down under. It covers all 780 of the continent's birds. For each species, you'll find authoritative text, range maps, and color illustrations. More than 900 black-and-white sketches – depicting nests, chicks, face patterns, bill profiles, flight styles, and more – accompany many accounts."
- Birder's World
"All readers, whether beginning or experienced birdwatchers, ornithologists, students, or travelers, will find Birds of Australia an unrivaled companion for discovering the unique birdlife of this remarkable continent.
- Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report
"Top-notch visual presentation, layout, and informational content, with a terrific size and durability for field use, this is a guide I'd recommend to any birder, as well as any birder visiting Australia."
- Terry Sohl, Bird's Eye View
"An innovative example of a field guide [...] [W]hat sets this book apart is its superb scheme of organization.
- William P. Mueller, Bluebird's Laugh
"The Eighth Edition of Simpson and Day's guide to Australian birds performs the basic function of illustrating and describing Australian birds wonderfully well. When you think about all the information that this single volume contains; starting with the vast collective effort of birdwatchers paid and unpaid, decisions about what to include and what to leave out, and most importantly: drawing the pictures; it truly is a wonderful piece of work."
- Adam Leavesley, Emu
"All-in-all this is an excellent guide and I look forward to giving mine a good field test in the near future."
- Cyndi M. Smith, Canadian Field-Naturalist
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Ken Simpson is an experienced zoologist with a particular interest in Australian wildlife. His other books include Birdwatching in Australia and New Zealand, and Birds in Bass Strait.
Nicolas Day has been a wildlife artist since 1977 and his artwork has featured in several field guides. He also conducts natural history art classes around Australia.