Book Titles on Australian Wildlife Involving our Team

Book titles on Australian wildlife written or co-authored by members of our team – please email us for pricing and availability:

Recent Book Titles

Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots

(John Beaufoy Publishing)

Front cover of Australia's Birdwatching Megaspots Book by Peter Rowland & Chris Farrell
Released August 2018 – please email us for pricing and availability

Australia has almost 340 endemic bird species, and more than 730 endemic subspecies. This richly illustrated book guides birdwatchers to the country’s most species-rich areas, the 55 ‘megaspots’ – places where key endemics can be found. It is designed as both a reference and information guide to help plan a successful birding trip to sites where multiple species can  be viewed.

Detailed descriptions of each site cover

  • how to get to the site
  • any fees payable or permits required
  • facilities and nearby services
  • GPS coordinates
  • an overview of the site
  • birding tracks and trails
  • key species
  • two important species per site
  • the available accommodation

“Australians have a strong affinity with their unique environment and wildlife. I hope this book inspires you to observe Australian birds in their natural habitats and to preserve the areas where they live. Their protection is in our hands and I commend the authors of Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots for their commitment to conservation.”

Dermot O’Gorman
CEO, WWF-Australia

“A terrific resource to enjoy Australia’s amazing native birds and the best birding megaspots. Spying on birds is also a great way to help BirdLife protect them – enter your sightings in our birdata app.”

Paul Sullivan
CEO, BirdLife Australia

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Frogs of Australia

(John Beaufoy Publishing)

An easy-to-use identification guide to Australia’s 247 frog species and subspecies.

Front Cover of Naturalist's Guide to the Frogs of Australia Book by Scott Eipper & Peter Rowland
Available from October 2018 – please email us for pricing and availability
  • For each species the authoritative text describes identifying features, distribution, habitat and habits
  • Size, common and scientific names listed
  • Overview of frogs as indicators of environmental health, adaptations, breeding and life cycles, habitats, frog calls, frog friendly gardens and glossary
  • Includes an up-to-date checklist of the frogs of Australia and their current IUCN status

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Dangerous Creatures of Australia

(John Beaufoy Publishing)

An easy-to-use identification guide to 280 of  Australia’s dangerous creatures, covering fish, spiders, insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.

Front cover of Naturalist's Guide to the Dangerous Creatures of Australia Book by Peter Rowland & Scott Eipper
Available from August 2018 – please email us for pricing and availability
  • For each species the authoritative text  describes identifying features, distribution, habitat and habits
  • Size, common and scientific names listed
  • Overview of the different species, how to avoid dangerous encounters, first aid and glossary
    Features land and marine creatures

 

 

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Mammals of Australia

(John Beaufoy Publishing)

An easy-to-use photographic identification guide covering 280 of the most commonly found mammal species in Australia.

Front cover of Naturalist's Guide to the Mammals of Australia Book by Peter Rowland & Chris Farrell
Released November 2017 – please email us for pricing and availability
  • For each species the authoritative text describes identifying features, distribution, habitat and habits
  • Size, common and scientific names listed
  • Overview of habitats and vegetation types in Australia
  • Complete up-to-date checklist of the mammals of Australia, including where they are found and their current global status

 

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Reptiles of Australia

(John Beaufoy Publishing)

An easy-to-use photographic identification guide to the 280 reptile species most commonly seen in Australia, with high quality photographs from Australia’s top nature photographers.

Front cover of Naturalist's Guide to the Reptiles of Australia Book by Peter Rowland & Chris Farrell
Released July 2017 – please email us for pricing and availability
  • For each species the authoritative text describes  are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, size, distribution, habits and habitat.
  • user-friendly introduction covers the threats to reptiles, types of habitat, anatomy of reptiles, and details of orders and families.
  • all-important checklist of all of the reptiles of Australia encompassing, for each species, its common and scientific name, and its global IUCN status.

 

Older Book Titles

Bowerbirds

(CSIRO Publishing)

An introduction to the bowerbirds of Australia, which also includes species from New Guinea.

Front cover of Bowerbirds Book by Peter Rowland
Released 2009 – available as an ebook through major retailers

Bowerbirds condenses published knowledge into a format that will suit natural history enthusiasts at any level. While the emphasis is on Australian members of the family, with detailed accounts on each of the 10 species, the New Guinea representatives are discussed in general chapters and are included in a supplemental section that covers key areas such as breeding, identification and distribution.

This book also includes more than 50 illustrations, including colour pictures of each Australian species, their bowers, displays and distributional maps.

 

Green Guide to Birds of Australia

(New Holland Publishers)

The Australian Green Guide series has been created for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages.

Front cover of Green Guide: Birds of Australia Book by Peter Rowland
Released 1998 – please email us for pricing and availability
  • Poses and answers the most commonly asked questions about Australian birds
  • Insights into the fascinating behaviour of birds in general
  • Pages brought to life with entertaining and informative text
  • Amazing action photography
  • Species accounts for most commonly encountered Australian species
  • Whitley Award winning series

 

 

Encyclopedia of Australian Wildlife

(Reader’s Digest (Australia) Pty Ltd)

Front cover of Reader's Digest Encyclopedia of Australian Wildlife Book 2nd Ed. with contributions by Peter Rowland
First published in 1997, this revised edition released in 2016

The Reader’s Digest ‘Encyclopedia Of Australian Wildlife’ is a fully revised and updated edition of an Australian classic. This comprehensive, informative and entertaining book is about our unique and fascinating wildlife and covers all the major animal groups: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and invertebrates.

Features:

  • over 1,000 individual entries, most with full-colour photographs
  • general introductions to the major animal groups and subgroups
  • 250 original hand-drawn illustrations in full colour
    maps showing the Australian distribution of various groups of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians
  • special features on intriguing aspect of Australian animal life, such as how tiny coral polyps build vast reefs or how some creatures have adapted to the harsh Australian conditions
  • illustrated explanations of how species are classified
  • descriptions and photographs of the habitats of Australian animals
  • a chapter on the unique evolutionary history of Australian animals
  • a glossary of technical terms and index of common and scientific names

 

Photographic Guide to Birds of Australia

(New Holland Publishers)

Pocket-sized and perfect for road and walking trips in the eastern states of Australia

Front cover of Photographic Guide to Birds of Australia 2nd Ed. Book by Peter Rowland
Released 1996 – please email us for pricing and availability
  • Covers the basics required for field identification of species most likely to be seen in eastern Australia.
  • Informative text accompanied by colour photographs.
  • Thumbnail silhouettes aid the reader in quickly locating the correct group of birds.
  • Distribution map for each species account a map shows the bird’s distribution.
  • Family accounts included, with key characteristics.

 

 

Finches, Bowerbirds & Other Passerines of Australia

This book was the final title in a magnificent 10 volume series of bird books by the National Photographic Index of Australia’s Wildlife, which covers all bird groups found in Australia.

Front cover of Finches, Bowerbirds & Other Passerines Book with contributions by Peter Rowland
Released 1996 – No longer in print

As with all titles in the series, this book was produced to the highest standard, with high quality photographs and illustrations, complementing a full text. Species descriptions include full nomenclature, identification points and measurements, habits, voice, habitat, food, breeding, distribution and status.

The title is no longer in print, but secondhand copies may be sourced from Andrew Isles Natural History Books or online re-sellers.

 

Cuckoos, Nightbirds & Kingfishers of Australia

This book is the penultimate title in a magnificent 10 volume series of bird books by the National Photographic Index of Australia’s Wildlife, which covers all bird groups found in Australia.

Front cover of Finches, Bowerbirds & Other Passerines Book with contributions by Peter Rowland
Released 1994 – No longer in print

As with all titles in the series, this book was produced to the highest standard, with high quality photographs and illustrations, complementing a full text. Species descriptions include full nomenclature, identification points and measurements, habits, voice, habitat, food, breeding, distribution and status.

The title is no longer in print, but secondhand copies may be sourced from Andrew Isles Natural History Books or online re-sellers.