Soar with the eagles in this fascinating introduction to the history, biology and conservation of these majestic birds.
Australia’s Wedge-tailed Eagle belongs to the family of eagles, which together span the world. Eagles are powerful predators, with exceptional powers of flight and sight. They may kill to survive, but they also sleep, play, enjoy a bath, make tender parents, and form lasting relationships. + Full description
This book gives a comprehensive overview of Australia’s largest true eagle and one of the country’s few large predators and scavengers. First appearing in Aboriginal rock-paintings more than 5000 years ago, the Wedge-tailed Eagle was little more than a curiosity to the early European settlers. The book traces the subsequent changes in perception—from its branding as a vicious sheep killer to an iconic species worthy of conservation—and covers distribution, habitat, hunting, relationships, reproduction and chick development. A final section deals with threats to the existence of this magnificent bird.
Winner of the 2006 Whitley Award for Best Natural History of an Iconic Species.- Short description
No longer available in a print edition.
This book gives a comprehensive overview of Australia’s largest true eagle and one of the country’s few large predators and scavengers.
Correction: We regret that there is an error in the last line of text on page 85. The text should read: “… the number of lambs taken rarely justifies the removal of eagles.”
"The format of the Australian Natural History Series is ideal for the author's style of writing. Pages are crammed full of detailed knowledge sourced from personal experience and a comprehensive knowledge of the literature. An essential read for anyone interested in ornithology or ecology."
Chris Davey, Canberra Bird Notes, Vol 31, No 2, June 2006
"An accessible book for the non-speacialist, and one that is accurate, comprehensive, written with flair and brimming with the confidence of knowledge and experience."
Jane Caruthers, Historical Records of Australian Science, Vol 17, No 1, 2006
"Wedge-tailed Eagle will be of interest to ornithologists, nature lovers, conservationists and eagle fanatics everywhere."
Wingspan, Dec 2005
"The book contains a great deal of interesting – and often entertaining – information. It is a very good summary of current knowledge about this eagle, and will appeal to ornithologists, nature lovers, conservationists and, of course, all eagle enthusiasts."
Virgil Hubregtse, Victorian Naturalist, Vol. 123, December 2006
DetailsePDF | November 2005
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
- A complete overview of one of Australia’s most notorious predators
- Written by one of Australia’s leading raptor specialists
- Line drawings by noted bird artist, Humphrey Price-Jones
- Photographs by Peter Merritt
2. Eagles and Aborigines
3. Early records and names
4. Eagles and their relatives
5. The eagle’s country
6. Eagle specifics
7. Flight and sight
9. From egg to adult
10. Hunting and prey
List of Scientific Names