Wildlife of the Box-Ironbark Country

eBook - May 2005 - eRetailers

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A comprehensive guide to the mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians that live in this unique habitat.

The forests and woodlands of Victoria’s Box-Ironbark Region are one of the most important areas of animal diversity and significance in southern Australia. They provide critical habitat for a diverse array of woodland-dependant animals, including many threatened species such as the Squirrel Glider, Brush-tailed Phascogale, Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot, Pink-tailed Worm-lizard and the Woodland Blind Snake. + Full description

Wildlife of the Box-Ironbark Country gives a comprehensive overview of the ecology of the box-ironbark habitats and their wildlife. It covers all of the mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs that occur in the region, with a brief description of their distribution, status and ecology, together with a distribution map and superb colour photograph for each species. The book includes a ‘Where to Watch’ section, featuring a selection of national parks, state parks and nature conservation reserves as places where people can experience the ecosystem and its wildlife for themselves.

Wildlife of the Box-Ironbark Country is intended for land-managers, conservation and wildlife workers, land-holders, teachers, students, naturalists and all those interested in some way in learning about and appreciating the wildlife of this fascinating and endangered ecosystem.

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No longer available in a print edition.


"This book is a must-have for anyone with an established interest in wildlife and in the Box-Ironbark region."
Matthew Herring, Australian Zoologist, Vol. 33, No. 4, December 2006

"Outstanding photography, particularly of birds, is a highlight. . . I recommend Wildlife of the box-Ironbark Country to all who have a love of, or an interest in, the Box-Ironbark. Whether you are an experienced Box-Ironbark observer or a new chum to the region, you will learn something from this book. . . The book now forms a valued addition to my 'car boot library' for use on future field trips."
Merilyn J Grey (The Victorian Naturalist vol. 123(2), 2006)

"A must for all those with an interest in box-ironbark—land managers, teachers, students and naturalists."
Sid Cowling (Wingspan, Dec 2005)

"The book will be of great assistance to those visiting this part of Victoria and to all who wish to understand and appreciate the beauty and complex nature of Victoria's box-ironbark forests and woodlands."
Don Saunders (The Bird Observer 838-23, Oct 2005)

"This stunning guide gives a comprehensive overview of the ecology of the box-ironbark habitats and their wildlife."
Land for Wildlife News, DSE, vol. 5, no. 9, Sept/Oct 2005

"Tzaros and the CSIRO should be congratulated for this delightful book which belongs in the glovebox of everyone travelling through the fragmented woodland landscape that stretches from Chiltern to Stawell."
Tim Low (Wildlife Australia Magazine, Summer 2005)

“This is an excellent book… which I shall frequently use as a reference, especially in regard to very informative species notes.”
Roger Thomas (The Courier (Ballarat) 27 May 2005)

"This handbook is a golden find for birdwatchers… The book does a wonderful job of leading the reader through the ecology of the Box-Ironbark Country, with details of distribution patterns, ecological groupings of birds, regular and irregular movements of species and habitat types… Chris Tzaros and the other contributors have produced an excellent handbook that will appeal to both newcomers and those with a long-term interest in the Box-Ironbark Country."
Susie Duncan (Emu v.105 issue 4)

"All of the native mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians found in the region… are represented in excellent colour photographs. If you've been waiting for a bird book that uses photographs not paintings this is the book for you. And to have not only birds, but mammals and all native invertebrates in living colour photos is a triumph… Every ecosystem should have a book like this, and everyone living in, working on, visiting or caring about Victoria's Box-Ironbark country should have a copy."
Chris Tzaros (Habitat Australia, Jan 2006)

"There is something in this book for everybody… I recommend Wildlife of the Box-Ironbark Country to all who have a love of, or interest in, the Box-Ironbark. Whether you are an experienced Box-Ironbark observer or a new chum to the region, you will learn something from this book."
Merilyn J. Grey (The Victorian Naturalist, April 2006)


ePDF | May 2005
ISBN: 9780643092211
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Available from eRetailers


  • Covers 248 species, each with a colour photograph and distribution map
  • Includes maps of 16 key parks and conservation areas
  • Gives hints for finding and observing wildlife
  • Includes audio CD of nature sounds and bird calls

We regret that there is an error in the "Wildlife viewing sites" map on pages 184-185 of Wildlife of the Box-Ironbark Country. The correct map is available here as a pdf download.


1 Wildlife of the box-ironbark: an overview
2 Wildlife and habitat conservation
3 Box-ironbark habitats
4 Species accounts:
5 Where to watch wildlife
6 Hints for watching wildlife
Checklist of box-ironbark wildlife
Description of conservation status
Plant species referred to
Selected reading
Useful contacts
Photo credits
Audio CD: Box-ironbark nature soundscape
Index to species


Chris Tzaros is uniquely placed to write about the wildlife of Victoria’s box-ironbark country. Brought up near Bendigo, he has maintained a strong interest in natural history since his childhood. With a Master’s Degree in Conservation Ecology, he has worked extensively on wildlife research and conservation projects, especially in northern Victoria. He currently works as a research and conservation officer with Birds Australia in Melbourne.

Principal photos by Tadao Shimba an internationally respected natural history photographer. Born in Tokyo, he has travelled to more than 20 countries and lived in Canada and Australia, each for several years. He has contributed photographs to many field guides and magazines.