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Recommended Field Guides - to help you identify the birds

CSIRO Australian Bird Guide
The Australian Bird Guide
Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack, Kim Franklin

Released in May 2017. The Australian Bird Guide features 4700 colour illustrations, with particular emphasis on providing the fine detail required to identify difficult groups and distinctive plumages. Comprehensive species accounts have been written by a dedicated team of ornithologists to ensure identification details, distribution and status are current and accurate. The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australia’s magnificent and unique birdlife.
Pizzey and Knight
The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia
Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight

The most respected guide to Australian bird identification, this book is a must for both experts and amateurs. Comprehensive and fully updated, this ninth edition of the guide is more user-friendly than ever before. Species entries have been re-ordered and updated to reflect the new taxonomy, and the book has been expanded to include eighteen new species as well as a new section on vagrant species. It also features new information on bird family groups, more than 750 distribution maps based on the most recent bird atlas data, as well as a new Quick Find Index, to assist with quick identification of birds in the field.
Simpson and Day
Field Guide to the Birds of Australia
Ken Simpson and Nicholas Day

Since it was first published in 1984, Simpson & Day's Field Guide to the Birds of Australia has been one of the most respected bird guide in the country. The guide contains 132 superb full-colour plates showing all Australian bird species, key points of identification using the latest classification system, distribution maps for all species, over 900 black and white line illustrations, breeding information, a vagrant bird bulletin, a core library list and easy-to-use indexes.
Slater
The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds
Peter Slater, Pat Slater and Raoul Slater

The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds is a guide to the identification of all the birds so far recorded in Australia and is designed for use in the field, to slip easily in a hip-pocket, backpack or glove box. The illustrations have been planned to enable easy comparison between similar species. There are more than 750 species described and illustrated in 200 superbly painted plates. A must for serious naturalist in Australia, be they beginners or experts.
Michael Morcombe
Field Guide to Australian Birds
Michael Morcombe

Written and illustrated by bird expert Michael Morcombe. Simple, clear design links the text and paintings. Quick Find system of colour tags and Quick-index gives easy reference to bird families. Multi-coloured maps shows variations in ranges plus subspecies. The book covers 850 species and includes 3500 paintings plus 800 maps. It also contains a unique section with 1,000 illustrations of nests and eggs. Also available in a compact edition.
Morcombe
The Morcombe & Stewart Guide to Birds of Australia
Michael Morcombe and David Stewart

Morcombe's Field Guide to Australian Birds is now available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad with a comprehensive collection of bird calls by David Stewart.
Pizzey
Pizzey and Knight Birds of Australia Digital Edition
Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight

A comprehensive and interactive application that combines multimedia data on over 900 Australian bird species with seven interactive modules for every aspect of mobile birding. The app can be used as a Field Guide (like the book) or as a Bird List, with essential functions such as view bird page, play the sound, add to your list and view similar birds.
Bird Photo Guide
The Birds of Western Sydney Photo Guide by Mark Fuller

A photographic fold-out guide to the most commonly seen birds of Western Sydney. This brochure is freely downloadable as a 1.2Mb pdf file from this site. Click here.
Bird Photo Guide
Wetland Birds of the Sydney Region Photo Guide by Mark Fuller

A photographic fold-out guide to birds most commonly seen in wetlands around Sydney. This brochure is freely downloadable as a 1.3Mb pdf file from this site. Click here.
Most Australian bookstores will have copies of at least one of the above field guides. These field guides cost about $30.00 to $50.00. The book images are not to scale.


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