Australian Bird Guide

To: Phil Gregory <>
Subject: Australian Bird Guide
From: Dave Torr <>
Date: Sun, 7 May 2017 21:55:11 +0000
Reasons for a second edition?

On 8 May 2017 at 07:12, Phil Gregory <> wrote:

> This great new field guide has finally reached North Queensland, I am
> impressed overall but three things struck me as odd:
> 1. The decision to use wing length rather than overall length. Now this
> may be scientifically rigorous and all that, but it means old dinosaurs
> like me have to recalibrate relative size, and that is very hard and will
> take some getting used to.
> I like the weight being included, it’s great that this data is actually
> available as I sure couldn’t do it for many New Guinea species, but wish I
> had the length to compare it with!
> 2. The index is based on the first name, so when i went to look up
> Shrike-tit i couldn’t find it, it’s there under Crested Shrike-tit. This
> way of doing it also seems idiosyncratic.
> 3, No Hornbill Friarbird, that’s an IOC species and has been for ages,
> they have just about everything else but not this one.  Anyone know why
> that got omitted? I think they base the list on IOC 5.4 but I’m pretty sure
> it was on that as it predates Naretha Bluebonnet for example by some time.
> It’s a nuisance for us as we are always on about it here when it comes to
> feed, and it’s not been in any of the books.
> Phil Gregory
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