WA Birding References

Birding Groups

Birds Australia Western Australia (Inc)
Perry House
71 Oceanic Drive
Floreat WA 6014
Phone : 08 9383 7749
Fax : 08 9387 8412
Email :
birdswa@iinet.net.au
Web Site :
http://birdswa.iinet.net.au
Office Hours : 9:30am to 12:30pm

Birds Australia WA is the only organised birding group in Western Australia.  They organise monthly meetings (8pm on the 4th Monday at the WA Tennis Centre Burswood), frequent excursions and camp outs, displays, research projects (e.g. Birds on Farms; Hooded Plover Survey; WA National Parks Database; Metropolitan Bird Survey), the bird guide brochure series, members library, slide library, etc.  They publish the excellent monthly Western Australian Bird Notes.  Every birding visitor to WA should go to the office to obtain some of the bird guides and purchase a booklet on birding sites around Perth.

Birds Australia
415 Riversdale Road
Hawthorn East Victoria 3123
Phone : 03 9882 2622
Fax : 08 9882 2677
Email :
mail@birdsaustralia.com.au
Web Site :
http://www.birdsaustralia.com.au
Office Hours : 9am to 5pm

Birds Australia is one of the two national birding groups.  They are centred in Melbourne but they have regional groups around Australia.  They publish the quarterly magazine Wingspan and the quarterly journal Emu.  They organise many national research projects such as the Atlas of Australian Birds, Birds of Prey Watch, Nest Record Scheme, Threatened Bird Network, etc.  They operate four bird observatories including the Broome Bird Observatory and the Eyre Bird Observatory in Western Australia which are both must see places to visit.  Allan Burbidge has some information about the BBO and the EBO on his web pages.  Birds Australia have purchased Gluepot Station in South Australia as a nature reserve.  They also have special interest groups such as the Australasian Wader Study Group, Australasian Raptor Association, Australasian Seabird Group, Birds Australia Parrot Association.

Bird Observers Club of Australia
PO Box 185
Nunawading Victoria 3131
Phone : 03 9877 5342 or 1300 305 342
Fax : 08 9894 4048
Email :
boca@ozemail.com.au
Web Site :
http://www.birdobservers.org.au
Office Hours : 9am to 4pm

BOCA is the other national birding group.  They are centred in Melbourne and they also have regional groups around Australia, although they don't have a direct presence in WA.  They publish the monthly magazine The Bird Observer and the quarterly journal The Australian Bird Watcher.  They organise many national research and conservation projects such as the Australian Bird Environment Fund, Threatened Bird Network, etc.

Field Guides

Morcombe, Michael (2000), Field Guide to Australian Birds, Steve Parish Publishing, Australia

Pizzey, Graham & Knight, Frank (1997), Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Angus & Robertson, Australia

Simpson, Ken & Day, Nicolas (1996), Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Fifth Edition, Viking, Australia

Slater, Peter, Pat & Raoul (1996), The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds, Revised Edition, Landsdowne, Australia

Storr, G.M. & Johnstone, R.E. (1985), A Field Guide to the Birds of Western Australia, Second Edition, Western Australian Museum

Reference Books / Reports

Burbidge, Andrew A., McKenzie, N.L. & Kenneally, Kevin F. (1991), Nature Conservation Reserves in the Kimberley Western Australia, Department of Conservation and Land Management, Western Australia

Christidis, Leslie & Boles, Walter E. (1994), The Taxonomy and Species of Birds of Australia and its Territories, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union Monograph 2

Jaensch, Roger P., Vervest, Rodney M. & Hewish, Marilyn J. (1988), Waterbirds in Nature Reserves of South-Western Australia 1981-1985: Reserve Accounts, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union Report No. 30

Jaensch, Roger P. &Vervest, Rodney M. (1990), Waterbirds at Remote Wetlands in Western Australia, 1986-8 Part One: Lake Argyle and Lake Gregory, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union Report No. 32

Johnstone, R.E. & Storr, G.M. (1998), Handbook of Western Australian Birds. Volume 1 - Non-Passerines (Emu to Dollarbird), Oxford University Press

Marchant, S. & Higgins, P.J. (eds) (1990), Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Volume 1A Ratites to Ducks, Oxford University Press

Marchant, S. & Higgins, P.J. (eds) (1990), Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Volume 1B Australian Pelican to Ducks, Western Australian Museum

Marchant, S. & Higgins, P.J. (eds) (1993), Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Volume 2 Raptors to Lapwings, Oxford University Press

Higgins, P.J. & Davies S.J.J.F. (eds) (1996), Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Volume 3 Snipe to Pigeons, Oxford University Press

Higgins, P.J. (ed) (1999), Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Volume 4 Parrots to Dollarbird, Oxford University Press

Higgins, P.J. & Peter J.M. (eds) (2001), Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Volume 5 Tyrant Flycatchers to Chats, Oxford University Press

Serventy, D.L. & Whittell, H.M. (1976), Birds of Western Australia, Fifth Edition, University of Western Australia Press

Where to Find Birds

Bransbury, John (1987), Where to find birds in Australia, Hutchinson Australia

Marr, Noela (1986), Where to Find Birds in Western Australia, Kangaroo Press

Morcombe, Michael (1990), The Great Australian Birdfinder, Reprint, Weldon Publishing

Thomas, Richard & Sarah (1996), The complete guide to finding the Birds of Australia, Frogmouth Publications, Oakington England

Regional Guides

Collins, Peter (1995), The Birds of Broome, Broome Bird Observatory

Garstone, Ray (1981), Birds of Albany An Annotated Checklist, privately published

Saunders, Denis & de Rebeira, Perry (1985), The Birdlife of Rottnest Island, privately published (second edition available)

Smith, Vic (1991), Portrait of a Peninsula The Wildlife of Torndirrup, Frogmouth Publications, Oakington England

van Delft, Ron & Birds Australia WA Group (1997), Birding Sites Around Perth, University of Western Australia Press, Second (Revised) Edition

Western Australian Museum Special Publication series

No. 11, Storr, G.M. (1980), Birds of the Kimberley Division, Western Australia

No. 21, Storr, G.M. (1985), Birds of the Gascoyne Region, Western Australia

No. 22, Storr, G.M. (1985), Birds of the Mid-eastern Interior of Western Australia

No. 24, Storr, G.M., Johnstone, R.E. & Griffin, P. (1986), Birds of the Houtman Abrolhos, Western Australia

No. 26, Storr, G.M. (1986), Birds of the South-eastern Interior of Western Australia

No. 27, Storr, G.M. (1987), Birds of the Eucla Division of Western Australia

No. 28, Storr, G.M. & Johnstone, R.E. (1988), Birds of the Swan Coastal Plain and adjacent seas and islands

No. 32, Johnstone, R.E. (1990), Mangroves and Mangrove Birds of Western Australia

No. 35, Storr, G.M. (1991), Birds of the South-West Division of Western Australia

No. 63, Storr, G.M. (July 2001), Checklists of the vertebrates of Western Australia

Mammal / Reptile / Frog / Flora Guides

Menkhorst, Peter & Knight, Frank (2001), A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia, Oxford University Press, Melbourne Victoria

Strahan, Ronald ed. (1995), The Mammals of Australia, Australian Museum / Reed Books, Chatswood NSW

Tyler, M.J., Smith, L.A. & Johnstone, R.E. (2000 Revised Edition), Frogs of Western Australia, Western Australian Museum, WA

Cogger, Harold G. (1996), Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia, Reed Books Australia, Port Melbourne Victoria

Swan, Gerry (1995), A Photographic Guide to Snakes & Other Reptiles of Australia, New Holland Publishers, NSW

Storr, G.M., Smith, L.A. & Johnstone, R.E. (1999), Lizards of Western Australia. I Skinks, Western Australian Museum, WA

Storr, G.M., Smith, L.A. & Johnstone, R.E. (1990), Lizards of Western Australia. III Geckos & Pygopods, Western Australian Museum, WA

Nevill, Simon & McQuoid, Nathan (1998), Guide to the Wildflowers of South Western Australia, Simon Nevill Publications, South Fremantle WA

Accommodation Guides

Royal Automobile Club of WA (annual publication), Western Australia Experience

Maps

Department of Land Administration (1998 3rd Edition 2000 reprint), The West Australian Travellers Atlas

Perth Map Centre, 1st Floor 884 Hay Street, Perth WA 6000 (Phone 08 9322 5733)

 

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