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Numerous books are available which focus on Australian birds and birding, but selecting the most appropriate to identify birds or plan a birding trip can be a confusing and costly exercise.

I supply the most important and appropriate field guides, site guides and bird song CDs (including BOCA and Nature Sound) to enable you to acquaint yourself with Australia and its birds and to gain optimum satisfaction from your birding experience.

 

National field guides
National site guide
Regional field & site guides
Taxonomy
Shorebirds
Birds of prey
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New Zealand
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BIRDS OF THE WET TROPICS OF QUEENSLAND & GREAT BARRIER REEF & WHERE TO FIND THEM

This 404 page book - the most comprehensive regional field guide ever produced in Australia - is your essential reference for the 451 species recorded in these two World Heritage Areas.

Every bird accurately illustrated by the author - award-winning field ornithologist Lloyd Nielsen
Identify birds by colour, habits and habitat
208 pages devoted to Field Guide
85 pages devoted to birds difficult to identify
Current status and range of every species
Current research - the “Herberton Honeyeater” and others
Best birding area from Cooktown to Townsville plus regional maps and birds likely to be seen
Feeding birds - right or wrong?
Index offers easy access to age stages, races, breeding and non-breeding plumages, groups


ESSENTIAL for VISITING BIRDERS, INDISPENSABLE for LOCAL BIRDERS


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Birding Australia Australian Edition Lloyd Nielsen

188 pp, B&W, maps, 210 x 146 mm (5.75 x 8.25 inches). This comprehensive directory for birders lists good birding areas, key species, best time to visit, suggested itineraries, Australian Island Territories, regional maps, birding tours and guides (including pelagic), local contacts, birding clubs, accommodation, climate, travel, driving in the outback, relevant websites, plus essential health and safety tips. Spiral-bound, indexes, user-friendly.

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Birding Australia International Edition Lloyd Nielsen

160 pp, B&W, maps, 210 x 146 mm (5.75 x 8.25 inches). This comprehensive directory is designed for birders visiting Australia for the first time. Good birding areas (the majority within reach of main population centres and the chance of seeing the special birds of the area), key species, best time to visit, suggested itineraries, regional maps, birding tours and guides (including pelagic), local contacts, birding clubs, accommodation, climate, travel, driving in the outback, relevant websites, plus essential health and safety tips. Spiral-bound, indexes, user-friendly.

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NATIONAL FIELD GUIDES

My preference is Pizzey & Knight (9th Edition 2012), closely followed by Simpson & Day (8th Edition 2010), but because each of these two offers some different features in more detail, any serious birder should have a copy of both. For birders who prefer a lightweight guide to carry in the field, Slater’s (2nd Edition 2009) fits the bill.

Field Guide to the Birds of Australia - Ken Simpson & Nicholas Day (8th Edition 2010)

The outstanding feature of this guide is its distribution maps showing range of all subspecies in detail: a most helpful feature not shown in the other guides and worth having a copy for this feature alone. Plates are excellent, illustrations and jizz accurate. Notes on each species tend to be brief, although 1000+ black-and-white line illustrations depicting flight; markings of a distinct race; diagnostic head markings and the like are included beside the text. Interesting sections cover general birdwatching, taxonomy, evolution, behaviour, feeding and breeding of each family of Australian birds. Key to families. A Vagrant Bird Bulletin is included at the back of the guide, as well as species lists for seven Australian island (political) territories. A little lighter and smaller than Pizzey & Knight’s. 380 pages. Size 225 x 155 mm/8.75 x 6.2 inches; thickness 26 mm/1.1 inches; weight 910 g/32 ounces.

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The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia Graham Pizzey & Frank Knight (9th Edition 2012) Edited by Sarah Pizzey

This new edition is proving to be the best Australian field guide produced to date, for not only does it (sensibly) describe all vagrant and accidental species at the back of the book rather than scattered throughout the work, it contains more information than the other guides, including the helpful Similar Species and notes on subspecies. Plates are excellent, illustrations and jizz accurate. Many juvenile plumages. Most birds are illustrated in flight. Australian bird families, glossary, bibliography, gazetteer, indexes. 580 pages. One drawback is its largish size 240 x 155 mm/9.4 x 6 inches; thickness 33 mm/1.25 inches; weight 1165 g/40 ounces, but this is a minor concern when one considers its overall value and usefulness.


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The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds Peter, Pat & Raoul Slater (2nd Edition 2009)

This lightweight guide fits into a coat pocket. Excellent illustrations are superior to those in the other guides. Text is accurate, although not as extensive as in Pizzey & Knight’s. Plates include eggs of all Australian breeding species. However, unlike the first edition, this edition appears to be designed to appeal to a rather small, but enthusiastic group of twitchers, because in the main body of the guide, many species from Australia’s often far flung island (political) territories — well outside the Australian zoogeographic region — and other species which may occur are included. Fine as a lightweight guide, providing one does not mind wading through many species which do not occur here. 360 pages. Size 214 x 115 mm/8.5 x 4.6 inches; thickness 20 mm/.8 inches; weight 590 g/21 ounces.

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Pizzey & Knight Birds of Australia Digital Edition Designed for PC, iPhone/iPad and Android phone/tablet, this is the most comprehensive Australian birding treatise produced in digital format. The Field Guide; The Bird Guide; Similar Birds; Identification; My Location; My Lists; Birding Sites; Habitats. Additional features include the ability to edit bird and birding site pages, and add your own photos and multimedia. Produced by Gibbon Multimedia Australia www.gibbonmm.com.au

NATIONAL SITE GUIDE

The Complete Guide to Finding the Birds of Australia Richard & Sarah Thomas, Alan McBride, David Andrew (2nd Edition 2011)

456 pp, colour photographs, maps. 215 x 148 mm (8.5 x 6 inches) The first edition appeared in 1994. The original authors Richard & Sarah Thomas have collaborated with Alan McBride and David Andrew to present this revised edition. Birding sites for all of Australia’s endemic birds and regular migrants such as seabirds and waders, Australian Island Territories, logistics, Bird Finder Guide including supplementary information on where to find rarities.

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REGIONAL FIELD & SITE GUIDES
Books marked OUT OF PRINT are described because they are currently the best in their particular category and may be available in libraries, birding clubs or shops trading in second-hand books.

A small number of guides to finding birds have been written for specific regional areas, e.g. Sydney (NSW), The Wet Tropics (Qld) and The Top End (NT), but otherwise many areas are not covered.

Birding Australia Site Guide The South East describes many prime birding sites in NSW, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania and SA

Queensland (Qld) The Wet Tropics (north-east) is well covered by Birds of Queensland's Wet Tropics & Great Barrier Reef (Nielsen - field & site guide OUT OF PRINT) and Where to Find Birds in North East Queensland (Wieneke - site guide onl OUT OF PRINTy).

New South Wales (NSW) Birding Australia Site Guide The South East includes a species list for each site, facilities, visitor information, access, maps, plus seabird and wader hotspots. Peter Roberts’ Sydney Birds and Where to Find Them (2009) is a comprehensive site guide detailing the best birding sites and their species in the greater Sydney region. Birdwatching in Royal & Heathcote National Parks (Steve Anyon-Smith) is available from Royal National Park Visitor Centre.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Birding Australia Site Guide The South East includes a species list for each site, facilities, visitor information, access, maps, plus seabird and wader hotspots. Field Guide to the Birds of the ACT is mostly a field guide but also contains directions to a few good birding sites. 

Victoria (Vic) Birding Australia Site Guide The South East includes a species list for each site, facilities, visitor information, access, maps, plus seabird and wader hotspots. Where to see Birds in Victoria (2009) is a comprehensive site guide detailing the best birding sites and their species.

Tasmania (Tas) Birding Australia Site Guide The South East includes a species list for each site, facilities, visitor information, access, maps, plus seabird and wader hotspots. Field Guide to Tasmanian Birds (Dave Watts) is a photographic guide covering the most notable birds, with notes on where to see each species.

South Australia (SA) Birding Australia Site Guide The South East includes a species list for each site, facilities, visitor information, access, maps, plus seabird and wader hotspots. South Australia website includes information about sites ~ see Birding Links page.

Western Australia (WA) Birds of the Greater South West (Simon Nevill) is a very useful field and site guide; also explains habitat types and the birds found in them. Birding Sites Around Perth (Van Delft) covers much of the Perth area. Field Guide to the Birds of Western Australia (Storr & Johnstone) does not list sites. Most of its information is covered by the national guides. Frank O'Connor's website includes information about sites - see Birding Links page. The Birds of Broome (Peter Collins), published by Broome Bird Observatory, is out of print.

Christmas Island Christmas & Cocos Keeling Islands Birding Guide is an essential companion when visiting these islands in the Indian Ocean, some 2650 km north-west of Perth (WA).

Northern Territory (NT) The following are currently out of print: Birds of the Top End (Goodfellow) field and site guide includes Kakadu National Park; Finding Birds in Australia’s Northern Territory (Donato et al) site guide covering The Top End and southern areas about Alice Springs — the only guide with a comprehensive coverage of central Australia; Finding Birds in Darwin, Kakadu and The Top End Northern Territory Australia (McCrie & Watson) site guide 2nd Edition 2009.

 

Birding Australia Site Guide The South East Lloyd Nielsen (2007)

160 pp. B&W. 145 x 210 mm (5.75 x 8.25 inches) My book describes 220 of the top birding sites in New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. Bird list for each site, facilities, access. Seabird and wader hotspots. Maps, indexed. Spiral bound. User friendly.

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Checklist - Birds of Queensland's Wet Tropics  Lloyd Nielsen

16pp, 105 x 178 mm. (4 x 7 inches) Provision for 10 localities/excursions, index. Fits into a shirt pocket. 

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Birds of Lamington National Park and Environs Lloyd Nielsen

144 pp, 145 x 210 mm (5.75 x 8.25 inches) B&W. Field and site guide. Subtropical World Heritage site in south-eastern Qld. Status, habits, rare and vagrant species, key format, maps, where to find the birds.

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Christmas and Cocos Keeling Islands Birding Guide Several contributors.
30 pp, 145 x 210 mm (5.75 x 8.25 inches) Introduction; where to find the birds; description of birds, key species including voice, status, distribution and breeding; maps; checklist. In colour.

Christmas Island lies in the Indian Ocean off the coast of WA.  

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Sydney Birds and Where to Find Them Peter Roberts (2009)

208 pp, colour, regional maps, 145 x 210 mm (5.75 x 8.25 inches)  
Comprehensive regional site guide describing the best birding sites in the greater Sydney area, from Wollongong in the south, north to Tuggerah on the Central Coast and west to the Blue Mountains. Key species and the best places to see them, access and amenities. 

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Where to See Birds in Victoria  Birds Australia (Vic) Tim Dolby (principal editor) (2009)

192 pp. colour, district maps, 145 x 210 mm (5.75 x 8.25 inches)
No fewer than 40 prime Victorian birding destinations and their key species are described in this comprehensive regional site guide which also includes accommodation and facilities. 

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Field Guide to the Birds of the ACT McComus Taylor, Nicholas Day

90 pp, 32 colour plates, 108 x 210 mm (4.25 x 8.25 inches) All birds in the Australian Capital Territory (about Canberra). Identification, habits, voice, breeding, similar species. Details 7 of the best birding localities plus 23 worth a try. 

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Field Guide to Tasmanian Birds Dave Watts

192 pp, 150 x 210 mm (6 x 8.25 inches) Photographic Field Guide. Excellent photographs. Describes 179 of 210 species of this island state. Identification, habits, voice, habitat, breeding, distribution, where to find the birds.

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TAXONOMY

Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds Les Christidis & Walter E Boles (2008)

This checklist is an expanded update of the official checklist of birds of Australia and its territories by the same authors. This classification lists all species recorded from the Australian mainland; Tasmania; island territories and surrounding waters. All vagrant species accepted by Birds Australia Records Appraisal Committee are included, together with established introduced species. Brief explanations for the many recent taxonomic changes and for those incorporated into the book are included. 272 pages. 255 x 175 mm (10 x 7 inches).

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SHOREBIRDS

Shorebirds of Australia Andrew Geering, Lindsay Agnew, Sandra Harding (2007)

242 pp. 170 x 250 mm (6.63 x 9.75 inches) The latest information about the evolution, ecology and behaviour of all species of shorebirds (waders) in Australia. Colour photographs, distribution maps, habitat.

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BIRDS OF PREY


The Birds of Prey of Australia
- A Field Guide - Stephen Debus (2nd Edition 2012)

Stephen Debus is the acknowledged authority on Australia’s birds of prey. This new, completely revised and updated edition, now in modern field guide format, describes all of Australia’s birds of prey in individual, detailed sections, each with accompanying plate. Also included is a section with split images showing underwing pattern of species difficult to separate; a series of photographs of each species in flight, and a handbook with extended notes on each group.

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DAINTREE

Daintree - Jewel of Tropical North Queensland Written, edited, illustrated and published by Lloyd Nielsen

72 pp. 160 x 230 mm (6.25 x 9 inches) Order this book direct from the author. I will personally sign your copy if you wish. My book focuses on the famous World-heritage Daintree rainforest in far north Queensland which has survived virtually intact for about 120 million years. Topics include its primitive flowering plants found nowhere else on Earth; the rainforest and its animals; the first human occupants the Kuku Yalanji aborigines; the early explorers. Matchbox Bean, Mountain Mist Frog, Metallic Starling, mangroves, crocodiles ~ all these and more are described in an informative, yet easy-to-read style. Essential reading for every visitor to the Daintree, armchair travellers, and anyone with an interest in Australia’s natural heritage.

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NEW ZEALAND

The Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand Barrie Heather & Hugh Robertson

168 pp, 74 colour plates 210 x 155 mm (8.5 x 6.25 inches) . Ideal to use in the field. Every bird species in New Zealand illustrated, including rare and recently extinct birds. This abridged version is the same size as the Field Guide but only a third of its thickness. Has all the illustrations and maps.

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MAMMALS

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia Peter Menkhorst & Frank Knight (3rd Edition 2011)

The only comprehensive guide to identifying all 383 species of mammals known in Australia. Includes introduced species and marine species. Colour illustrations; distribution maps; identification keys for small marsupials, rodents, bats and cetaceans; distribution, habitat and key behaviours.

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DVDs

Mammals of Australia's Wet Tropics

80 minutes. Double-disc set. Filmed by Jack Leighton. 44 mammals of the World-heritage Wet Tropics region of north-east Queensland. Rufous Bettong, Striped Possum, Yellow-bellied Glider, Mahogany Glider, Lumholtz’s Tree-Kangaroo, Little Red Flying-Fox. Calls of frogs and birds in background. Waterfalls. Pat Morrish introduces each species. SPECIES LIST.

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Rainforest Birds of Australia's Wet Tropics

124 minutes. PAL or NTSC. Double-disc set. Filmed by Jack Leighton. 100 species of the World-heritage Wet Tropics region of north-east Queensland. Includes Victoria’s Riflebird, Golden Bowerbird, Southern Cassowary. SPECIES RECORDED

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BIRD SONG CDs

A Field Guide to Australian Birdsong published by BOCA (Bird Observation & Conservation Australia). A systematic list of songs and calls of all species of Australian birds. Each bird's common name is announced before its call is heard.

Disc 1 Ostrich to Brown Booby

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Disc 2 Darter to Red Knot

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Disc 3 Red-necked Stint to Cockatiel

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Disc 4 Rainbow Lorikeet to Grass Owl

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Disc 5 Tawny Frogmouth to Kalkadoon Grasswren

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Disc 6 Spotted Pardalote to Banded Whiteface

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Disc 7 Red Wattlebird to Gibberbird

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Disc 8 Jacky Winter to Grey Shrike-thrush

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Disc 9 Yellow-breasted Boatbill to Fawn-breasted Bowerbird

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Disc 10 Singing Bushlark to Common Myna

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Set of 10 CDs

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Birdsongs of Papua New Guinea

CD by Scott Connop. Recorded in one of the few places in the world still deserving of a reputation for exotic and obscure birdlife. Ninety nine species, including eleven Birds of Paradise, two satinbirds (formerly Birds of Paradise) plus numerous kingfishers, fantails, and Australasian robins. Some of the skulkers heard are Lesser Melampitta, Painted Quail-thrush, Red-bellied Pitta, Papuan Scrubwren. Follows the taxonomic order as compiled by Phil Gregory in a bird checklist for New Guinea using The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. SPECIES RECORDED

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David Stewart Nature Sound Calls are unannounced. Indexed list of calls with brief notes is included.

Australian Bird Calls Tropical North-east

83 bird calls. All the important species of Cape York Peninsula, Queensland’s Wet Tropics and areas farther south. White-browed Robin, Golden-shouldered Parrot, White-streaked Honeyeater and the Wet Tropics endemics, plus Eungella Honeyeater of the Mackay region in central Qld.
SPECIES RECORDED

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Australian Bird Calls Subtropical East 

83 bird calls recorded from central-eastern Australia: Sydney area, Dorrigo National Park (NSW), Lamington National Park (Qld). Includes the two endemics ~ Albert’s Lyrebird and Rockwarbler. SPECIES RECORDED

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Mallee South-eastern Australia

78 bird calls. Malleefowl, Regent Parrot, Mallee Whipbird, and the endemics ~ Mallee Emu-wren, Black-eared Miner, Red-lored Whistler. SPECIES RECORDED

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Australian Bird Calls Tasmania

80 bird calls from this island State. Orange-bellied Parrot. All the endemics, e.g. Forty-spotted Pardalote, Dusky Robin, Scrubtit, Green Rosella, Strong-billed Honeyeater, Yellow Wattlebird. SPECIES RECORDED

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Australian Bird Calls South-western Australia (includes Perth)

79 bird calls. Includes endemics, e.g. Noisy Scrub-bird, Western Bristlebird, Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Wattlebird, Carnaby’s (Short-billed) Black-Cockatoo, Baudin’s (Long-billed) Black-Cockatoo. SPECIES RECORDED

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Broome Region

82 bird calls. Broome (WA) is the acknowledged wader capital of Australia. Dusky Gerygone, Mangrove Golden Whistler, White-breasted Whistler, Broad-billed Flycatcher, Mangrove Grey Fantail. SPECIES RECORDED

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Australian Bird Calls Favourites

57 bird calls recorded in habitats Australia-wide. Satin Bowerbird, Superb Lyrebird, Eastern Whipbird, Bush Stone-curlew, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Grey-crowned Babbler. SPECIES RECORDED

 

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CD- ROM

A Garden on the Wing Lloyd Nielsen & Garry Sankowsky

Would you like to attract birds and butterflies to your Australian garden? This CD-Rom shows you how. Flowering and fruiting plants for birds; selecting suitable land; changing an existing garden; making artificial nesting sites and feeders for birds, plus much more. Bonus butterflies and birds screensavers. For Microsoft Windows only. MORE INFORMATION

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