Birds and Animals of Australia's Top End: Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine, and Kununurra

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Princeton University Press, Jul 14, 2015 - Nature - 272 pages

One of the most amazing and accessible wildlife-watching destinations on earth, the "Top End" of Australia's Northern Territory is home to incredible birds and animals—from gaudy Red-collared Lorikeets to sinister Estuarine Crocodiles and raucous Black Flying-foxes. With this lavishly illustrated photographic field guide, you will be able to identify the most common creatures and learn about their fascinating biology—from how Agile Wallaby mothers can pause their pregnancies to why Giant Frogs spend half the year buried underground in waterproof cocoons.

The Top End stretches from the tropical city of Darwin in the north, to the savannas of Mataranka in the south, and southwest across the vast Victoria River escarpments to the Western Australian border. The region includes some of Australia's most popular and impressive tourist destinations, such as Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk, and Gregory national parks, and is visited by more than two hundred thousand tourists every year.

An essential field guide for anyone visiting the Top End, this book will vastly enhance your appreciation of the region's remarkable wildlife.

  • Features hundreds of stunning color photographs
  • Includes concise information on identification and preferred habitat for each species
  • Provides a summary of each species' life history, including interesting habits, and suggestions on where to see it
  • Offers valuable tips on searching for wildlife in the Top End
  • An essential guide for visitors to the Top End, from Darwin south to Katherine and Kununurra, including Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk and Gregory national parks

 

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Contents

How to use this book
8
Weather and seasons of the Top End
14
How to watch wildlife
20
Magpie Goose Magpie Goose
28
StorkBlacknecked Stork
35
Dark herons Greatbilled Whitefaced Pied Herons and Pacific Reefheron
42
Rails and crakeChestnut Buffbanded Rails and Whitebrowed Crake
48
Stilt and oystercatchersPied Sooty Oystercatchers and Blackwinged Stilt
54
Blackcockatoo and CockatielRedtailed Blackcockatoo and Cockatiel
146
Northern Rosella and Redwinged Parrot
152
Fairywrens Purplecrowned RedbackedVariegated Fairywrens
158
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164
Miner pardalote and Weebill Yellowthroated Miner Striated Pardalote and Weebill
170
Sitella shriketit and treecreeper
176
Williewagtail and MagpielarkWilliewagtail and Magpielark
182
Martins and Mistletoebird Tree Fairy Martins and Mistletoebird
188

Coastal plovers Grey Pacific Golden Plovers and Greater Lesser Sandplovers
60
Mediumsized sandpipersCommon Greenshank Great Red Knots and Greytailed Tattler
66
1 Silver Gulland Caspian Tern
72
KingfishersAzure and Little Kingfishers
78
Seaeagle and baza Whitebellied Seaeagle and Pacific Baza
84
Goshawks Brown Grey Red Goshawks
90
Scrubfowl Orangefooted Scrubfowl
96
Cuckoos Brush Cuckoo and Little Bronzecuckoo
102
Kingfisher whiteeye and honeyeater
108
Orioles and fantails Australasian Figbird Green Oriole and Northern Arafura Fantails
114
Bustard Australian Bustard
122
Cuckoos Australian Koel and Channelbilled Cuckoo
128
Doves Peaceful Barshouldered Diamond Doves
134
Owletnightjar and nightjar Australian Owletnightjar and Spotted Nightjar
140
MannikinsChestnutbreasted Pictorella Yellowrumped Mannikins
194
MAMMALS
196
1 Northern Brown Bandicoot and Common Brushtail Possum
202
Antilopine Common Wallaroos
208
Microbats Ghost Yellowbellied Sheathtailed Orange Leafnosed Bats
214
REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS
220
1 Northern Snapping Pignosed Turtles and Asian House Gecko
226
+ Snakelizard Giant Cave Gecko and Burtons Snakelizard
232
2Frilled Lizard and Sand Goanna
238
3Blackheaded OenpelliPythons
244
6Mulga Snake Northern Brown Snake and Northern Death Adder
250
Giant Frog Northern Dwarf Tree Frog and Rocket Frog
256
5Pale Peters Frogs and Cane Toad
262
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About the author (2015)

Nick Leseberg is a native of Australia and a guide for Tropical Birding, which organizes bird and wildlife tours around the world. Iain Campbell is a native of Australia and cofounder of Tropical Birding. He is the coauthor of Wildlife of Australia (Princeton). Campbell and Leseberg are also coauthors of Birds of Australia: A Photographic Guide (Princeton).

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