Wildlife of Australia

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Ideal for the nature-loving traveler, Wildlife of Australia is a handy photographic pocket guide to the most widely seen birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and habitats of Australia. The guide features more than 400 stunning color photographs, and coverage includes 350 birds, 70 mammals, 30 reptiles, and 16 frogs likely to be encountered in Australia's major tourist destinations. Accessible species accounts are useful for both general travelers and serious naturalists, and the invaluable habitat section describes the Australian bush and its specific wildlife. Animal species with similar features are placed on the same plates in order to aid identification. Wildlife of Australia is an indispensable and thorough resource for any nature enthusiast interested in this remarkable continent.
  • Easy-to-use pocket guide
  • More than 400 high-quality photographs
  • Accessible text aids identification
  • Habitat guide describes the Australian bush and its specific wildlife
  • Coverage includes the 350 birds, 70 mammals, 30 reptiles, and 16 frogs most likely to be seen on a trip around Australia
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About the author

Iain Campbell, a native of Australia, lives in Quito, Ecuador, with his wife and children. The builder of the Tandayapa Bird Lodge and founder of Tropical Birding Tours, he serves as a nature guide to locations around the world. Sam Woods is a full-time nature guide for Tropical Birding Tours. He has led tours in Australia, South America, Asia, Africa, and North America.
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Publisher
Princeton University Press
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Published on
May 21, 2013
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781400846825
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Animals / Wildlife
Nature / Ecosystems & Habitats / General
Nature / Plants / General
Travel / Australia & Oceania
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Eligible for Family Library

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