Hi, everybody -
We have been getting quite a few enquiries about when the next volume
(No.4) of the Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds
(HANZAB) will be published. Vol.4 will cover all the remaining
non-passerine species (parrots/cockatoos, kingfishers/kookaburras, owls,
nightjars, frogmouths, swifts, bee-eaters, rollers). There have been some
delays, but publication now seems on track for February 1999.
HANZAB is not a profit-making venture. An enormous amount of work goes
into exhaustive literature searches and the meticulous checking of details
to make the final accounts as comprehensive and as authoritative as
possible. Funding is always tight, and comes from a variety of sources,
including individuals who sponsor species accounts. For anybody who is
interested, there are still several Volume 4 species which languish
unloved, waiting for suitors to link their names with. These are (as of
Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
Norfolk Island Kaka
Immortalise yourself in the pages of what will be THE reference on
Australian birds for decades to come. Support that hilariously extinct
duo, the Norfolk Island Kaka and the Laughing Owl. Put a lot on the five
?Littles?. Bring a blush to the cheeks of the Pallid Cuckoo and the
White-rumped Swiftlet. Hedge your bets with Varied Lorikeet and Uniform
Swiftlet. Go glitzy with Shining Bronze-Cuckoo and Glossy Swiftlet. $80
gets you your name at the beginning of the book. $150 also puts it with
the sponsored species' account.
All offers to Mandy Johnson at <>, but be quick;
final edits are being made to the texts now, and you only have a week (by
Wednesday 16 September 1998) to write your name on birding history before
it will be too late.
Birds Australia Conservation & Liaison,
Australian Bird Research Centre,
415 Riversdale Road,
Hawthorn East, VIC 3123, Australia.
Tel: (03) 9882 2622. Fax: (03) 9882 2677.
O/s: +61 3 9882 2622. Fax: +61 3 9882 2677.
Web Homepage: http://www.vicnet.net.au/~birdsaus/