Complete Guide to Finding the Birds of Australia
The Complete Guide to Finding the Birds of Australia - second edition

by Richard Thomas, Sarah Thomas, David Andrew and Alan McBride


Published in 2011 by CSIRO Publishing, colour plates, maps, softcover, 480 pages


Price $A49.95 plus $A13.50 postage within Australia [up to 3 kg], overseas postage please request a quote

ISBN 9780643097858


  • Contents
  • About the book
  • About the authors

How to use this guide

States and Territories

1. Victoria
2. Tasmania
3. New South Wales
4. Australian Capital Territory
5. Queensland
6. Northern Territory
7. Western Australia
8. South Australia
9. Australia’s islands and external territories
10. Pelagic birding

Bird Finder Guide

Colour plates
Appendix A: Vagrants and accidentals
Appendix B: Introduced birds
Appendix C: Glossary of vegetation, landscape and general terms
Appendix D: Directory
Common name index
Scientific name index

Site index


About the book

First published in 1994, The Complete Guide to Finding the Birds of Australia was the first ever book of its type in Australia - a complete guide to locating every resident bird species in Australia, plus supplementary information on where to find rarities, migratory species and logistical information.

This fully revised second edition expands on the best-selling appeal of the first, describing the best-known sites for all of Australia’s endemic birds, plus vagrants and regular migrants such as seabirds and shorebirds. It covers all states and territories, and is the first guide to include all of Australia’s island and external territories. A comprehensive Bird Finder Guide details site information on all Australian bird species, and the authors provide valuable travel advice, including transport, climate and accommodation.

Profusely illustrated with colour photographs of interesting, unique or unusual Australian birds, this book is a must-have for all birdwatchers living in Australia or visiting from overseas.


About the authors

Richard and Sarah Thomas moved to Canberra, Australia, so Richard could take up a Post-Doctoral position at the Australian National University. During their 4 years in Australia, Richard and Sarah travelled widely throughout the continent, recording a large number of endemic species. When they left Australia in 1994, Richard was credited with holding the biggest Australian list for a non-resident. Today the couple live near Cambridge, UK, but regularly travel abroad birding. Sarah manages the Royal Society of Chemistry’s international development program in Asia, while Richard is Communications Co-ordinator for TRAFFIC: the wildlife trade monitoring network.

David Andrew was fortunate enough to arrive in Australia just as birding started to grow in popularity. Inspired by ‘the land of milk and honeyeaters’, he started the country’s first ornithological magazine – the Whitley Award-winning Wingspan, for the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (RAOU – now Birds Australia) – and Australian Birding – the country’s first magazine for birders. After a spell as Editor of Wildlife Australia magazine, he joined Lonely Planet, where he authored or co-authored 12 books. He currently works for the Australian Government in Canberra, latterly in the Migratory Birds section, but also in the development of threatened species policy.

Alan McBride has been birding from his early days spent in his native Lancashire, England to his arrival in the Antipodes 30-odd years ago. Apart from Britain, Alan has birded in much of Europe, Asia, bits of Africa, North and Central America, Australasia and New Caledonia. Alan has also led bird tours for international operators and private clients around Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, India and Nepal. Alan has served as President of the NSW Field Ornithological Club (now Birding NSW), as NSW representative or committee member for many RAOU groups, and as a Country Representative for the Oriental and Neotropical Bird Clubs.