Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing, 2011. Quarto, paperback, tables, maps.
WAS $50. This book analyses the IUCN status of all the species and subspecies of Australia's birds, including those of the offshore territories. For each bird the size and trend in their population and distribution has been analysed using the latest iteration of IUCN Red List Criteria to determine their risk of extinction. The book also provides an account of all those species and subspecies that are or are likely to be extinct.
In this completely revised edition each account covers not only the 2010 status but provides a retrospective assessment of the status in 1990 and 2000 based on current knowledge, taxonomic revisions and changes to the IUCN criteria, and then reasons why the status of some taxa has changed over the last two decades.
The book contains some surprises - some alarming, some encouraging. This is not a book of lost causes. It is a call for action to keep the extraordinary biodiversity we have inherited.
Price: $10.00 AU