This handy and trim field guide to Australia’s fabulous avifauna is the diminutive progeny of the Sibley-like and rather massive handbook entitled The Australian Bird Guide, first published in 2017 (weighing in at 51 ounces). The big book’s senior author is Peter Menkhorst, and the smaller version’s senior author is Jeff Davies. Both tap the very same collection of bird illustrations, well-crafted by Jeff Davies and Kim Franklin.

As with Sibley, the big Australian guide is best left at home in the den or in the car. The pocket guide, at 4.75 × 7.75 inches (14 ounces), fits snugly in the back pocket of my jeans. The big guide offers 4,000 illustrations treating more than 900 species, whereas the smaller guide provides significantly fewer illustrations for ∼700 species. The two are a fine pair of references for those wishing to identify the birds of Australia in the field. The...

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