Australian Bird Finding Guides

To: <>, "Blake Maybank" <>
Subject: Australian Bird Finding Guides
From: "Wendy" <>
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 08:36:43 +1000
HI Again Blake,
I accidently cut previous entry so here is further info.
Caley also has
Distribution, Notes ('habitat'), Nest and Eggs incl nesting timeinfo for
each species.
The plates are colour illustrations

A quick (incomplete) look on my shelves also comes up with....
An Australian Bird Book
A Complete Guide to the Birds of Australia
by J.A.Leach, D. Sc.
mine is
9th Edition Revised and Rewritten by
Philip Crosbie Morrison, M. Sc.
With illustrations by Anne Lissenden
Introduction by Charles E. Bryany
Editor of "The Emu"
(The Emu = Journal of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union)
incl. colour plates of most sp, b&w of others,
B&w details of some features,
and some B&w photos
The book does not have a publication date however the introduction begins
" Fifty years ago (December, 1908) the Education Department of Victoria
published a booklet of seventy-four pages entitled "A Descriptive List of
the Birds Native to Victoria, Australia." It was priced sixpence, was
written by a departmental officer named John Leach, and aimed at assisting
teachers to learn something of birds in order to enable them to "interest
their pupils in one of the best branches of nature-study." The booklet
presented its collated information clearly and succinctly, dealing with
every Victorian species, showing the distribution of each, both north and
south of the Dividing Rangs, its status, its distinguishing or
identification characters, and other pertinent detail. ..........
After a lapse of half a century it is difficult to discover the success of
its avowed objective, but whatever that might have been its greater impact
was the impetus it provided to its owm author to procure the publication of
"An Australian Bird Book", the first edition of whic, modeled on the List,
appared in 1911.
In those days folk interested in birds were largely their own tearchers -
acquiring scraps of bird lore here and thee, occasionally encountering
kindred spirits, learning the hard way through patient observation in the
feild. Ornithological text-books were not readily available and, in any
case, were unsuitable for novices. To the amateur bird-man copies of Leach's
book was a boon inded. Well-thumbed copies accompanied bird-watchers in
pockets, hand-bags, and haversacks, and the popularity of the work soon
necessitated further editions. ALthough the title indicated the scope as
Commonwealth-wide, the book was actually a compendium of Victorian birds,
none occuring only beyond State borders being introduced. A supplement,
added to later editions, remied the defect to some extent, but it was not
until the eighth edition that the two sections were combined, an operation
that was not without some problems of arrangement and presentation
consequent upon new thoughts on bird classification.
There is lots more if you are interested let me know.

My copy is 224 p long with common name and sci. name index.

A Handbook of the Birds of Western Australia
(with the exception of the Kimberley Division)
by D.L.Seventy and H.M.Whittell
with illustrations by Olive Seymour and H.O.Webster
publ 1951
384 p.
Common and Sci name indexes
colour plates (illustrations)
and b&w details of id features

Waterfowl in AUstralia
by H.J.Frith
publ 1967

Australian Honeayeaters
by Brigadier Hugh R. Officer
Illustrations by Peter Slater
Maps by Alex Stirling
Published by
The Bird Observers Club, Melbourne, 1964

Australian Flycatchers and their Allies
by Brigadier Hugh R. Officer
Illustrations by Peter Slater
Maps by Alex Stirling
Published by
The Bird Observers Club, Melbourne, 1969

A Brilliant and Comprehensive Study of the Finches of Australia
Australian Finches
in Bush and Aviary
Klaus Immelmann, PH.D.
Paintings by Neville W. Caley
Foreward says (in part)
"The title of this book is drawn from one written and illustrated by Neville
W. Cayley and published by Angus & Robertson Ltd in 1932......"

Let me know if you want other details.
>From 1960s on there were a number of fieldguides published
'Readers Digest'
'Simpson & Day'
are some

Wendy Moore

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