The Aust Bird Guide ...

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Subject: The Aust Bird Guide ...
From: "David McDonald (personal)" <>
Date: Wed, 10 May 2017 02:31:38 +0000
I understand that the book is now available at the Botanic Gardens bookshop if you can't wait for the COG copies - selling there at the RRP of $49.95.

On 29/04/2017 2:07 PM, John and Kathy wrote:

Or you can buy it through COG for $35. Many COG members have already ordered the book from me and they will receive their copies at the next meeting. I am happy to take more orders but delivery would be in July/Aug as I will be away for a while.



Kathy Walter



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Hi, as most would know, this long-awaited field guide has now been published: Menkhorst, P, Rogers, DI, Clarke, R, Davies, JN, Marsack, P & Franklin, K 2017, The Australian bird guide, CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South, Vic., .

The RRP is $49.95 but it is available at the QBD bookshop in the Canberra Centre for $39.99.

A hefty field guide at 1.4 kg but, if you still use and love field guides that are in the form of physical books, rather than smart phone apps, I think that you will find this one really worthwhile.

I have subjected it to what I call the Graham Chapman Test, much discussed here on CanberraBirds over the years: what it says about differentiating between the male Satin and Leaden Flycatchers. It passed the Test with flying colours:
- Satin Flycatcher: 'Demarcation between the blackish throat and white belly curves strongly downward at the edges (ie (sic) concave), forming a sharp angle with edge of wing.' 'Colour boundary curved, meets wing at acute angle'.
- Leaden Flycatcher: '...shape of the demarcation line between dark breast and white belly are keys to distinguishing from the Satin Flycatcher' and 'colour boundary meets wings at right angle'.

This diverges a little from David Cook's 'leadens laughs, satins sad', and Chapman's 'the demarcation line is convex in one and concave in the other', but is close enough.


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