Life in the Cape York Rainforest
A guide for a greater understanding of the unique attributes of our Cape York rainforests.
The remote, beautiful and poorly known rainforests of Cape York Peninsula tell a special story about Australia’s historic and present-day connections to New Guinea. Life in the Cape York Rainforest highlights these connections by examining the fascinating biology of some of the most spectacular animals shared between the two regions. + Full description
The author recounts his own ground-breaking research on ‘cross-dressing’ Eclectus parrots, musical palm cockatoos and multi-coloured pythons, together with the exotic lifestyles of other animals, while painting the bigger picture of the past when Australia and New Guinea were joined by extensive land bridges. Australia’s disconnection from New Guinea is probably only temporary, and even today many bird species continue to fly the short distance between the two landmasses.
Whether just browsing the beautiful photos and informative captions, or reading it in its entirety, readers will gain a greater understanding of the unique attributes of our Cape York rainforests. The book provides an excellent resource for biologists and environmentalists with an interest in the Top End and New Guinea, tourists to Cape York, conservationists and policy makers, and amateur naturalists, especially ornithologists and herpetologists.- Short description
No longer available in a print edition.
"The chapter on the unique lifestyle of Eclectus Parrots, where male are green and females are red, is a delight to read and the illustrations are brilliant. Michael Cermak's beautiful photographs illuminate the text."
frances Ashburner, The Bird Observer, June 2009
"Any herpetologist with a passion for Australian wildlife will enjoy this book. Those people who have visited the Cape York rainforests will be inspired to return and those who have not will be inspired to go."
Mike Swan, Reptiles Australia, Vol.5 2009
DetailsePDF | November 2008
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
- Stunning photographs
- Unrivalled and authoritative coverage of an area of great biological interest
- Accessible writing style
- First book solely about Cape York rainforests
- Based on recent ground-breaking research by the author, a leading expert on the region