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We produce a range of brochures and other information on birds in Queensland, and on all aspects of birding in Queensland.
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“Of those bird species known to have been present or to have visited regularly in Australia when Europeans settled in 1788, 1.9% are Extinct and a further 11.5 % are considered Threatened. Some 6.0 % are Near Threatened.”
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Field guides and references

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera) © Vernon Kretschmann

A good field guide will help to identify birds, as well as provide information about their appearance, plumage variations, habitat, behaviour, migration, calls and breeding. There is a wide choice of field guides available on Australian birds

Title Author(s) Publisher Comments
#Field Guide to Australian Birds Michael Morcombe Steve Parish Publishing,
Archerfield, Qld
Has an extensive section on nests and eggs.  Quick index inside both covers.
Field Guide to Australian Birds:
Complete Compact Edition
Michael Morcombe Steve Parish Publishing,
Archerfield, Qld
Small and light.  Similar to
above, but nest and egg section omitted. Quick index inside both covers.
Field Guide to the Birds of
Australia
Ken Simpson & Nicolas Day Viking, Penguin Group, Camberwell,
Vic.
Includes a section on breeding seasons.  Quick index near front.
The Slater Field Guide to
Australian Birds
Peter, Pat & Raoul Slater Reed New Holland, Frenchs Forest,
NSW
Small and light.  Eggs are
illustrated.
#The Field Guide to the Birds of
Australia
Graham Pizzey & Frank Knight HarperCollins, Pymble, NSW Quick pictorial index inside front cover.  Section on classifying and naming birds.
Birds of Prey of Australia: A
Field Guide
Stephen Debus CSIRO Publishing This second edition includes a field guide, coloured plates and a guide to identifying difficult species.
Australian birds: a concise
photographic field guide.
Donald and Molly Trounson Wingfield: Bluestone Press, (2005
reprint).
Photographic field guide
Photographic field guide: Birds
of Australia
Flegg, Jim. Frenchs Forest: New Holland, (2002
2nd edition).
Photographic field guide

# Both of these field guides are also available as apps

Some of the earlier field guides, now out of print, contain interesting and valuable information which does not appear in later editions.  These can often be bought cheaply in second-hand bookshops.

They include:

  • Pizzey, Graham and Roy Doyle. A Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. Collins, 1986.
  • Slater, Peter. A Field Guide to Australian Birds (2 Volumes).  Rigby, 1970 (non-passerines), 1974 (passerines)
  • Cayley, Neville. What Bird is That? A Guide to the Birds of Australia.  Angus and Robertson, 1931.

Quick Indexes for Some Popular Field Guides

There are quick indexes available for some older editions of some field guides. These indexes were produced by Bob Forsyth dated 29 November 2002 but are still useful since these editions are still much-thumbed within our birding community.

The following links access small Word document indexes for these guides:


Other Recent References

These references are useful after the birder returns home to checkout the days contacts:

  • Higgins, Peter et al (eds) Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Vols 1-7. (HANZAB) South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1993-2006. This is the definitive reference book on Australian birds.
  • Christidis, Les and Walter E Boles.. Systematics andTaxonomy of Australian Birds. Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing, 2008.
  • Geering, Andrew, et al. Shorebirds of Australia. Collingwood: CSIRO, 2007.
  • Barrett, Geoff et al.: The New Atlas of Australian Birds. Hawthorn East: Birds Australia, 2003.

Older References

Generally, these refer to references prior to 2000:

  • Beruldsen, Gordon.  Which Bird of Prey is That? Kenmore Hills. 1995.  Reprinted 2004.
  • Trounson, Donald and Molly. AustraliaLand of Birds.  Sydney: Collins, 1987.  (Photographic guide)
  • Frith, H J.(cons ed). Reader’s Digest Complete Book of Australian Birds.  Surry Hills: Reader’s Digest Services, 1976. (1st ed)
  • Macdonald,J D. Birds of Australia.  Sydney: AH and AW Reed, 1973.

There are 10 volumes in the National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife, now out of print.  They contain excellent images, and detailed information. They are:

  • Boles, W E. The Robins and Flycatchers of Australia. National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Australian Museum with Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1988.
  • Crome, F and Shields, J. Parrots and Pigeons of Australia. National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife, Australian Museum with Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1992
  • Lindsey, T R. The Seabirds of Australia. National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Australian Museum with Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1986.
  • Longmore, N W. The Honeyeaters and their Allies of Australia. National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Australian Museum with Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1991.
  • Olsen, P, Crome, F and Olsen, J. The Birds of Prey and Ground Birds of Australia. National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife, Australian Museum with Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1993.
  • Pringle, J D. The Shorebirds of Australia. National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Australian Museum with Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1987.
  • Pringle, J D. The Waterbirds of Australia. National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife. Australian Museum with Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1985.
  • Serventy, V N (ed) .The Wrens and Warblers of Australia. Australian Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife, Australian Museum with Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1982.
  • Strahan, R (ed). Cuckoos, Nightbirds and Kingfishers of Australia. Australian Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife, Australian Museum with Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1994.
  • Strahan, R (ed.). Finches, Bowerbirds and Other Passerines of Australia. National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife, Australian Museum with Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1996.

Queensland Museum Publications

The Queensland Museum has published a series of Wild Guides, which include information about birds as well as other wildlife. These include:

  • Wild Guide to Moreton Bay, and
  • Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland.

In addition, the Museum has published two small books which are both useful and inexpensive:

  • Greg Czechura and Chris Field: Raptors of Southern Queensland
  • Greg Czechura: Birds of Brisbane

This reference list is by no means comprehensive.  There are many other excellent books relating to birds in Australia.

The Birds Queensland Library contains an excellent collection of books and videos, available to members.  The catalogue can be accessed through the Members section of this website.

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Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) © Vince Bugeja