Boles, Walter E.
- The Robins & Flycatchers of Australia
Angus & Robertson, North Ryde NSW, 1988.
Quarto; hardcover; 508pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear; a few internal marks and spots. Otherwise very good to near fine in like dustwrapper. Inhabitants, for the most part, of woods and forests, these birds, widely known as robins, flycatchers and monarchs, are largely insectivorous and arboreal, though many robins forage on the ground. Although a few, such as the thrushes, are introduced, the majority of species are native and represent a cluster of families that, according to recent studies, appear to have their origins in Australia. Lucid, informative narratives introduce each species group, while synopses present a summary of fascinating details about such aspects as habitat, breeding and world distribution. Fine colour photographs portray the biology of each species - its behaviour, nest, eggs, young, appearance at rest and in flight and its various plumages.
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