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Shorebirds of Australia

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Shorebirds of Australia

Andrew Geering   Queensland Wader Study Group
Lindsay Agnew  
Sandra Harding  

Colour photographs, Tables, Bibliography, Index
256 pages
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

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Shorebirds of Australia brings together the latest information about the evolution, ecology and behaviour of shorebirds and how they are distributed in Australia.

Complete with colour photographs and up-to-date distribution maps, it provides descriptions and tips to assist with the identification of all species of shorebird in Australia, which comprise about 10 per cent of Australia’s total avifauna. In addition to information about their habitats, the most significant threats to their existence are mentioned, as well as actions in place to help conserve these birds.

The book is a valuable reference for a broad range of people, from birdwatchers and field naturalists to professional ornithologists and land managers entrusted with the responsibility of protecting Australia’s natural resources, especially its wetlands and coastal regions.

Winner of the 2008 Whitley Award for Field Guide.


  • Colour photographs and up-to-date Australian distribution maps of all shorebirds in Australia (excluding vagrants)
  • Overview of all aspects of the biology and conservation of shorebirds based on the latest scientific literature
  • Information about the habitats of shorebirds, which will assist with the identification of these important birds
  • Describes the most significant threats to shorebirds in Australia and the East Asian-Australasian Flyway and actions in place to help conserve these birds

List of authors and affiliations
Chapter 1 – Evolutionary history and taxonomy
Chapter 2 – Breeding ecology
Chapter 3 – Migration
Chapter 4 – Feeding ecology and habitat selection
Chapter 5 – Plumages and topography
Chapter 6 – Species descriptions
Chapter 7 – Threats to shorebirds and conservation actions

  View parts of Chapter 1 and Chapter 6 from Shorebirds of Australia. 

  • Ornithologists, both amateur and professional
  • Natural history enthusiasts and birdwatchers
  • Professionals involved in the management or utilisation of coastal resources
  • Environmental consultants
  • Eco-tourism operators and educators
  • Secondary school science teachers and students
  • Undergraduate teachers and students
  • Environment departments in federal, state and local governments

 "I have only heard good reports about this book and I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone with an interest in birds. If there are still any birdwatchers out there suffering from ‘shorebird phobia’, that is the belief that ‘all shorebirds look the same and therefore can’t be identified!’ then this is the book to help cure that disease."
Greg Clancy, Australian Zoologist, Vol 35 No 1, 2009

"This is a magnificent publication and I commend the authors…"
Noel Tait, Australian Zoologist, Vol 35 No 1, 2009

"Overall, the book is a welcome update on the information available on shorebirds in Australia. Waderologists and other bird watchers from beginners to the most experienced will find it an interesting and informative read."
Rosalind Jessop, Waterbirds, March 2009

"...this is a first-class book which everyone interested in waders worldwide, from beginner to expert, will find interesting and valuable. "
Clive Minton, International Wader Study Group Bulletin 114, December 2007

"These Queensland Wader Study Group members have written a real treat for birdos and anyone with an interest in natural history. Every chapter is great and all contain gems new to even the most knowledgable shorebird aficionado."
Greg Miller, WILDLIFE Australia Magazine, Spring 2007

"This is an excellent example of a shorebirds book. It is well thought out and constructed and therefore is something for all with an interest in the group or who are wanting to know about the birds, in Australia, from scratch. Overall, this fine, handy-size book is recommended without reservation."
Fred TH Smith, The Bird Observer, October 2007

"This is a magnificent publication combining informative and well-written text with excellent maps and an impressive collection of photographs."
Ian Montgomery, www.birdway.com


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