Other Names: Wedge-Tail Eagle
Family: Accipitridae (Osprey, Hawks, Eagles, 18 species in Australia)
Size: F 89-104 cm, M 87-91 cm, wingspan 210 cm approx
Distribution: Most of Australia except some of Western WA
Habitat: Most types except closed forest. It eats carrion (dead animals) and is often seen along roadsides. Soars high on long, fingered, upswept wings
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest
The Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia's largest bird of prey.
Photo: Australia Zoo, QLD
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2456 x 1843)
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (3008 x 2000)
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.
Some Birdwatching Resources
NEW: Birds of Australia: A Photographic Guide, by Iain Campbell, Sam Woods, Nick Leseberg, Geoff Jones (Photographer).
I bought this field guide recently (June 2020). As the name suggests, it's got photographs rather than line drawings. They are very high quality, clear photos. I've got so many field guides now, they have to be really good before I buy them (I got it from a physical book shop, so I was able to look through it thoroughly before deciding whether or not to get it).
From the publisher:
Australia is home to a spectacular diversity of birdlife, from parrots and penguins to emus and vibrant passerines. Birds of Australia covers all 714 species of resident birds and regularly occurring migrants and features more than 1,100 stunning color photographs, including many photos of subspecies and plumage variations never before seen in a field guide. Detailed facing-page species accounts describe key identification features such as size, plumage, distribution, behavior, and voice. This one-of-a-kind guide also provides extensive habitat descriptions with a large number of accompanying photos. The text relies on the very latest IOC taxonomy and the distribution maps incorporate the most current mapping data, making this the most up-to-date guide to Australian birds.
- Covers all 714 species of resident birds and regularly occurring migrants
Features more than 1,100 stunning color photos
Includes facing-page species accounts, habitat descriptions, and distribution maps
The ideal photographic guide for beginners and seasoned birders alike
NOTE: This is the only field guide for Australian birds that I've seen which lists the size of each bird in both centimetres and inches. So if you're much more familiar with inches than centimetres, this would be the best Australian bird field guide to get just for that reason.
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