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Best bird guides by region...Australasia? (1 Viewer)

colonelboris

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I've seen lots of threads from people new to birding, or going on holiday somewhere unfamiliar, who ask what's the best field guide for such-and-such a place. I wondered if the denizens of the books department here would mind helping to create a list of the best field guides for different regions of the world.
Doesn't have to be country-by-country, although a few places are pretty well single-country areas, like Australia.
Here goes:


Australasia
Australia
Tough one - four main field guides to Australia (bit of a review here):
The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia - K. Simpson and N. Day. 8th Edition, 2010.
The Slater Field Guide to the Birds of Australia - P. Slater, P. Slater and R. Slater, 2009.
Field Guide to the Birds of Australia - G. Pizzey and F. Knight. 8th edition, 2007.
Field Guide to Australian Birds - Michael Morcombe. Revied 1st edition, 2003.

New Zealand
Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand - H. Robertson and B. Heather. 2007.
 

flossiepip

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For New Zealand I would go for The Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand, Robertson and Heather. I feel that the Field Guide by the same is just too much book! Both could do with an up-date though.
 

MJB

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Australasia
Australia
Tough one - four main field guides to Australia (bit of a review here):
The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia - K. Simpson and N. Day. 8th Edition, 2010.
The Slater Field Guide to the Birds of Australia - P. Slater, P. Slater and R. Slater, 2009.
Field Guide to the Birds of Australia - G. Pizzey and F. Knight. 8th edition, 2007.
Field Guide to Australian Birds - Michael Morcombe. Revied 1st edition, 2003.

In Oz, I find that at least two out of these three are needed; Morcombe shows well the ID features, although the illustrations are pretty eclectic. However, I understand that Morcombe is now available on an I-thingy, which reduces the weight: this appears to be the only format of this FG that will now be updated. If pushed, I'd take the latest editions of Slater and of Simpson & Day, although Pizzey & Knight have vocal adherents. Slater is the only one that fits in a pocket unless you are deformed or have negative fashion sense.3:)
MJB
 
I have 'The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds' 2nd edition and love it. I recently saw one for smartphones with the sounds of each bird, very handy in the field... but I have yet to get a smartphone.
 

Swissboy

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Pizzey and Knight 9th edition

...........Field Guide to the Birds of Australia - G. Pizzey and F. Knight. 8th edition, 2007.
.....

There is a newer 2012 (9th) edition of this book. Does in now include the species of the outlying islands like the Slater FG? Is says there is a new species sequence. So which sequence is it following now? Any other major changes?
 

Swissboy

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Switzerland
New Guinea?

Can't find a reference to New Guinea, neither here nor in the Asia thread. So a classical case of falling through the meshes?
 

Swissboy

Sempach, Switzerland
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The surprise me button works surprisingly well in this link :t:

Niels

It did not work for me. But I then realized that the plates only show when you are signed in! And when one is signed in, one also gets the plate samples at the Amazon UK site.
 
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Hi everyone,

I see that the thread is a couple of years old...
Any updates? Shall I still buy 2 or 3 of the suggested ones?
I am planning to go to Australia next year August. I would like to buy the guides now...


Any other guide you feel to suggest? Are there "where to find birds" types of guide?
And an equivalent of ornitho/e-bird??

Thanks a lot for any info!
Best,

Pietro
 

njlarsen

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To take the last question first: ebird recently merged with an Australian counterpart and now therefore has quite good coverage in Australia as far as I know.

http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6411.htm is the bird finding guide you need (but this other one is brand new, and I have never heard good or bad about it: http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6518.htm)

Regarding field guides, also check the discussions in this forum: http://www.birdforum.net/forumdisplay.php?f=399 - personally I have used Pizzey and Knight on two visits and been happy with it. Ideally, supplement whatever book you choose with an app having voice recordings for your smartphone/tablet.

Niels
 

Andrew Whitehouse

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To take the last question first: ebird recently merged with an Australian counterpart and now therefore has quite good coverage in Australia as far as I know.

http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6411.htm is the bird finding guide you need (but this other one is brand new, and I have never heard good or bad about it: http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6518.htm)

Regarding field guides, also check the discussions in this forum: http://www.birdforum.net/forumdisplay.php?f=399 - personally I have used Pizzey and Knight on two visits and been happy with it. Ideally, supplement whatever book you choose with an app having voice recordings for your smartphone/tablet.

Niels

The Dolby/Clarke site guide looks much better to me than the Thomas one. I think the Dolby/Clarke supplemented by Ebird records and maybe some trip reports will be the best solution for finding birds.
 

Edward

Umimmak
The Dolby/Clarke site guide looks much better to me than the Thomas one. I think the Dolby/Clarke supplemented by Ebird records and maybe some trip reports will be the best solution for finding birds.

What Andrew says. I have the Dolby/Clarke guide, a very attractive book indeed, and there are a lot Australian birders entering data on eBird - it's an indispensable resource.
 

Swissboy

Sempach, Switzerland
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Switzerland
Birds of New Zealand, new edition

There is apparently a new, the fourth, edition of FG to the Birds of New Zealand out since April. http://www.andrewisles.com/all-stock/publication/38116

Any comments on this one? It must be a major revision.

So far, the only place I found it listed is by Andrewisles. No info on NHBS, Wildsounds or Amazon.
 
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Swissboy

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