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The Action Plan for Australian Birds 2010

By: Stephen T Garnett, Judit K Szabo and Guy Dutson

442 pages, colour distribution maps, colour tables


Paperback | Sep 2011 | #192499 | ISBN-13: 9780643103689
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About this book

This volume is the third in a series of action plans that have been produced at the start of each decade.

The book analyses the IUCN status of all the species and subspecies of Australia's birds, including those of the offshore territories. For each bird the size and trend in their population and distribution has been analysed using the latest iteration of IUCN Red List Criteria to determine their risk of extinction. The book also provides an account of all those species and subspecies that are or are likely to be extinct. Each categorisation is justified on the basis of the latest research, including much unpublished material that has been made available during workshops conducted with leading ornithologists and conservation biologists around the country as well as phone interviews and correspondence. The result is the most authoritative account yet of the status of Australia's birds.


About the authors
The IUCN Red List Status of Extinct, Threatened and Near Threatened Australian bird taxa
Taxa Profiles
Appendix 1: Distribution of Threatened and Near Threatened birds in Australia
Appendix 2: Taxa listed in the Action Plan for Australian Birds 2000 and omitted from this volume
Index of birds and threats

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Stephen Garnett has been studying Australian birds since 1974. During the 1980s he worked on the "Handbook of Australian, Antarctic and New Zealand Birds" and in 1990, with Joost Brouwer, he drafted the first review of Australia's threatened bird species. He wrote the first "Action Plan for Australian Birds" in 1992 and the second Action Plan, in association with Gabriel Crowley, in 2000. He has studied and written about many threatened Australian bird species, most notably the Golden-shouldered Parrot and the Kangaroo Island Glossy Black-Cockatoo, and helped bring the idea of Important Bird Areas to Australia. He also works on natural-resource based livelihoods in northern Australia and South-East Asia. He is a research professor at Charles Darwin University in Darwin.

Judit Szabo is a research fellow at Charles Darwin University working on Australian threatened birds. She has studied the effects of pesticides used in locust control on Australian birds. During the five years of field work and data analysis she became interested in issues with data collection and study design, which led to her work on optimal monitoring, bias associated with bird survey data, and using volunteer-collected data to detect trends in bird populations.

Guy Dutson is an independent consultant who has been researching threatened Australasian birds since rediscovering the Superb Pitta in PNG in 1990. He developed BirdLife International's Pacific program, managing projects across the Pacific islands. Guy moved to Australia in 2006 to develop the Birds Australia-Rio Tinto Important Bird Areas program, and identified all Australian sites of global bird conservation importance. Guy has also worked with bird tourism in the Northern Territory and leads birdwatching tours across the country and globally.

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