Reader’s Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds
Consulting Editors Richard Schodde and Sonia C. Tidemann
Reader’s Digest Services, 1988, [Second Edition – first revise], ISBN 0949819999, colour photographs and illustrations throughout, photographic endpapers, oversized hardcover, dustjacket
Near Fine Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, no inscriptions, dustjacket shows minor edge and shelf wear (see photographs)
“This book describes the 672 species of birds that breed in or regularly visit Australia. All but 9 of these birds are illustrated with detailed colour photographs of living birds. Each of the hundreds of photographs was selected not only for its artistic quality, but because it illustrates the colouring and characteristics of the bird. Most of the photographs were chosen from the National Photographic Index of Australian Birds, an invaluable reference collection of Australia’s finest bird photographs.
the habits, behaviour, distribution and appearance of Australia’s birds are described, and the distribution maps show where each species lives. Notes on the characteristics that identify birds, including their plumage, distinctive field marks, songs and calls, supplement the main text. As the majority of Australia’s birds are known by a variety of names, every approved common name is given. A brief description of each bird family has been included, as well as other taxonomic information essential to specialists…”