Marchant, S. & P.J. Higgins (co-ordinators and eds.: vols 1, 2, 3); P.J. Higgins (vol. 4); P.J. Higgins, J.M. Peter & W.K. Steele (vol. 5); P.J. Higgins & J.M. Peter (vol. 6); P.J. Higgins, J.M. Peter & S.J. Cowling Vol. 7); colour illustrations: J.N. Davies, P. Marsack, F. Knight, B. Jarrett, M.J. Bamford, N. Day, P. Slater, K. Franklin, D.J. Onley, M. Oberhofer & J. Luck
- Handbook of Australian, New Zealand & Antarctic Birds: set of seven volumes in nine parts Vol. 1: Ratites to Ducks - Part A: Ratites to Petrels, Part B: Australian Pelican to Ducks; Vol.2: Raptors to Lapwings; Vol.3: Snipe to Pigeons; Vol.4: Parrots to Dollarbird; Vol.5: Tyrant-flycatchers to Chats; Vol.6: Pardalotes to Shrike-thrushes; Vol.7: Boatbill to Starlings - Part A: Boatbill to Larks, Part B: Dunnock to Starlings
Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1998, 1993, 1996,1999, 2001, 2002 & 2006.
First editions (except Vol.1 Part A): royal octavo hardcovers; blue cloth boards with gilt spine titles, map endpapers; 1400 + 984 + 1028 + 1248 + 1269 + 1225 + 1984pp., colour plates & monochrome illustrations, black, white and red distribution maps, tables, appendices and indexes. Minor wear only; mild rubbing to board edges; occasional faint scattered spots on text block edges; a few scattered spots on rear endpaper verso of Vol. 1, Part A. Small bookseller's sticker to pastedowns of Vols 7 Parts A & B. All dustwrappers now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. Gazetteer of Place Names laid in to Vol.2. "The Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds (HANZAB) is one of the world's major ornithological projects. This seven volume set, realises the vision to publish a comprehensive summary of our knowledge of all the known bird species that have been recorded in Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica.HANZAB is arguably the most important scientific natural history publication ever produced in Australia. It draws together, analyses and synthesizes our knowledge of the abundance, habitat and behaviour of all the birds of the region. As such it is the most comprehensive and reliable source of information on birds currently available for anyone working towards the conservation of this environment. HANZAB is of great value to a wide readership and is used by research establishments, universities, government departments, conservationists, environmental consultancies, ornithologists and amateur naturalists. The last comprehensive handbooks for Australia and New Zealand were Gregory Mathews' Birds of Australia, published between 1912 and 1927, and W.R.B. Oliver's New Zealand Birds, last published in 1955. HANZAB incorporates the enormous amount of scientific research done since Mathews' and Oliver's books were published, and widens the regional scope to include Antarctica, the subantarctic islands, and Christmas, Cocos-Keeling, Lord Howe, Norfolk, Chatham and Kermadec Islands.The species-by-species accounts provide a complete reference to all aspects of the ecology and behaviour of each bird, as well as full descriptions of their plumages and field identification characters. The paintings provide a unique, beautiful and scientifically accurate record of the full range of each species' plumages. Comprehensive lists of references with the species accounts and the results of new research make HANZAB an indispensable research tool." - Natural History Book Service
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