Georgina Steytler | Australian Birding Apps & Guides

AUSTRALIAN BIRDING APPS & GUIDES


Birding Apps:
 

For the ultimate Australian bird App (includes illustrations and bird calls): 

 

*** The Michael Morcombe eGuide to Australian Birds  

 


"For Apple iPhone and iPad and iPod Touch; now also for Android "smartphones" [this app is]... Australia's  first fully interactive electronic bird guide... Over 3000 hi-res bird images covering over 790 bird species... Most bird species have a detailed distribution map showing any subspecies that occur. Also descriptions of almost all bird specie songs and calls, measurements and breeding behaviour".


Illustrative Field Guides:
 

Field Guide to Australian Birds by Michael Morcombe  20140513_192728[1]20140513_192728[1]

Publisher: Pascal Press
Published: 1st January 2004

"Written and illustrated by bird expert, Michael Morcombe, this is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds published".
 

The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia by Graham Pizzey

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Published: 24 September 2013

"The definitive and most respected guide to Australian bird identification, this book is a must for both experts and amateurs. [The Guide] ... combines a depth and breadth of knowledge with beautiful, full-colour illustrations by Frank Knight".
 

The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds by Peter Slater

Publisher: Reed Natural History/New Holland (Aus)
Published: 25 September 2009

"The Slater's Field Guide to Australian Birds is a guide to the identification of all the birds so far recorded in Australia and is designed for use in the field."
 

Field Guide to the Birds of Australia by Ken Simpson and Nicolas Day

Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Published: 25 June 2010

"Simpson and Day's Field Guide to the Birds of Australia [is] ... one of the most respected bird guides in the country. The guide contains 132 superb full-colour plates showing all Australian bird species...".



Photographic Field Guides:


*** Birds of Western Australia Field Guide by Simon J Neville 20140513_192741[1]20140513_192741[1]

Publisher:  Simon Neville Publications
Published: November 2013

"The guide-book attempts to cover the needs of both those beginning birdwatching and those who have a more extensive knowledge of birding. In chapter I, the emphasis is on assisting the novice birdwatcher with general background information on birds and their chosen habitats. Chapter II contains photographs of 489 species, of which 26 are endemic to Western Australia and Christmas Island."
 

Photographic Field Guide: Birds Of Australia by Jim Flegg

Publisher: Australian Museum/Reed New Holland Publication
Published: 2013

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"This is a bird-identification guide with a difference. Instead of using colour plates of paintings to identify the species, it features photographs, covering all 840 bird species that live or visit the Australian continent. Following a brief introduction about bird biology, habitats and bird families, the main part of the book comprises species entries. Each species is depicted in a photograph, or two where male and female vary or breeding plumage is different. A map shows each species' distribution in and around Australia, and the text gives details of size, colour, shape, behaviour, calls and habitat. The at-a-glance symbols at the end of each entry indicate major habitat types".

 
Other Birding Resources:


The Complete Guide to Finding the Birds of Australia by Richard Thomas, Sarah Thomas, David Andrew  and Alan McBride 20140513_193045[1]20140513_193045[1]

Publisher:   CSIRO Publishing
Published: 2011

"This fully revised second edition expands on the best-selling appeal of the first, describing the best-known sites for all of Australia’s endemic birds, plus vagrants and regular migrants such as seabirds and shorebirds. It covers all states and territories, and is the first guide to include all of Australia’s island and external territories".