Australian Wildlife

by Stella Martin

Australian Wildlife

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About this book

From the eucalyptus-dotted woodlands to the awe-inspiring beauty of the coral reefs, Australia offers wildlife-seeking travellers the opportunity to see unique creatures roaming diverse habitats. Australian Wildlife covers all the essential information of a reference book - from biology to behaviour - in one handy, easy-to-read guide. Wildlife writer Stella Martin takes visitors through dense rainforest and across parched deserts to discover how bizarre creatures evolved in isolation. She combines the encyclopaedic knowledge of David Attenborough with the enthusiasm of the late Steve Irwin. Find out why some fish change sex and how thorny devils drink.

Bradt's Australian Wildlife is a book to read in bed, which will get you up at dawn and out with your binoculars in the outback.

About the author

Stella Martin has lived in Australia for 20 years, working as a natural history writer for Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

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Press reviews

'Bradt Travel Guides simply have the best wildlife coverage of any of the popular guide books.'
BBC Wildlife

'This guide is a must-have for wildlife lovers on their way Down Under'
Wanderlust

'A definitive, well-arranged and accessible handbook on all manner of Aussie animals, from invertebrates to mammals.'
Weekend Australian

"We all felt that this book was an excellent guide for visitors to Australia with an interest in natural history and are sure it will do well."
Dr Noel Tait, Royal Zoological Society, NSW, Australia

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"We all felt that this book was an excellent guide for visitors to Australia with an interest in natural history and are sure it will do well."Dr Noel Tait, Royal Zoological Society, NSW, Australia
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Contents

Introduction
Introduction, About this book

The backdrop
The land, past and present, Evolution & moving with the times, The human connection, Conservation issues, Climate

Habitats
Arid zone, Tropical savanna, Forests, Heathland, The role of fire

Mammals
Monotremes, Marsupials, Placental mammals

Birds
Seabirds, Waterbirds, Ground birds, Raptors, Pigeons and doves, Parrots and cockatoos, Cuckoos and coucal, Birds of the night, Swifts and swiftlets, Kingfishers, Bee-eaters and dollarbird, Songbirds

Reptiles
Crocodiles, Turtles, Lizards, Snakes Amphibians and freshwater fishes Frogs, Freshwater fishes

Invertebrates
Worms, Arachnids, Crustaceans, Insects

The marine environment
Tropical seas, Temperate seas, Marine mammals, Marine reptiles

Where to go
New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Top tips
When to travel, What to bring, Health and safety, Spotting wildlife, Minimal impact code, Wildlife photography

Further reading

Index