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Grassfinches in Australia

By Joseph M. Forshaw, Mark Shephard, Anthony Pridham

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Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: Australia, 01 December 2012
It is not surprising that Australian grassfinches are highly popular with ornithologists and aviculturists, for included among the species are one of the most beautiful of all birds - the Gouldian Finch Erythrura gouldiae - and one of the most familiar cagebirds - the Zebra Finch Taeniopygia guttata. Despite a scarcity in published works on finches, interest in the species is growing, leading to a dramatic advancement in our knowledge of many species. For example, we have gained new information from field observations carried out on little-known species, including the Blue-faced Parrot-Finch Erythrura trichroa and the Red-eared Firetail Stagonopleura oculata. Significant advances in taxonomic research, largely as a consequence of the development and refinement of biochemical analyses, often involving DNA-DNA hybridisation, have given us a new insight into relationships among species, with some unexpected alliances being determined. Additionally, dramatic changes have taken place in avicultural practices, and in virtually all countries aviculture has taken on a new professional approach, with the most notable results being increased productivity and success with a wider variety of species. After a lapse of almost half a century since publication of Klaus Immelmann's eminent work on finches, based on extensive field studies, the time has come for a new examination of Australian grassfinches. In Grassfinches in Australia, Joseph Forshaw, Mark Shephard and Anthony Pridham have summarised our present knowledge of each species, and have given readers a visual appreciation of the birds in their natural habitats and in aviculture. The resulting combination of superb artwork and scientifically accurate text ensures that this volume will become the standard reference work on Australian grassfinches. In addition to enabling aviculturists to know more about these finches in the wild as a guide to their own husbandry techniques, detailed information on current management practices for all species in captivity is provided. The book also includes colour plates depicting some of the more common mutations held in Australian and overseas collections. 2013 Whitley Award Commendation for Illustrated Zoology.

About the Author

Joseph Forshaw is one of Australia's foremost ornithologists he has been a contributing author to three widely-acclaimed books on Australian birds. Mark Shephard achievements in the fields of conservation, aviculture and natural history writing have been recognised through an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2006. Anthony Pridham is one of Australia's leading wildlife illustrators, and his spectacular paintings are highly prized.

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-RECOMMENDATION: A MUST have for those with an interest in these finches and/or collectors of bird art.---Ian Paulsen -The Birdbooker Report -

EAN: 9780643096349
ISBN: 0643096345
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Dimensions: 32.26 x 27.18 x 2.54 centimetres (2.09 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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