Author(s): Stephen J. S. Debus
Eagles are awe-inspiring birds that have influenced much human endeavour. Australia is home to three eagle species, and in Melanesia there are four additional endemic species. A further three large Australian hawks are eagle-like. Eagles, being at the top of the food chain, are sensitive ecological barometers of human impact on the Earth's ecosystem services, and all of the six Australian species covered in this book are threatened in at least some states (one also nationally). In Australasian Eagles and Eagle-like Birds, Dr Stephen Debus provides a 25-year update of knowledge on these 10 species as a supplement to the Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds (HANZAB) and recent global treatises, based partly on his own field studies. This book places the Australasian species in their regional and global context, reviews their population status and threats, provides new information on on their ecology, and suggests what needs to be done in order to ensure the future of these magnificent birds. Australasian Eagles and Eagle-like Birds is an invaluable resource for raptor biologists, birdwatchers, wildlife rescuers and carers, raptor rehabilitators and zookeepers.
Stephen Debus has undertaken research on and written about raptors for nearly 35 years. He completed a PhD and postdoctoral research in Zoology, on declining woodland birds. He now works as an ecological consultant and is an honorary research associate at the University of New England. In 2015, he was awarded BirdLife Australia's D.L. Serventy Medal for ornithological publication, recognising his role as Australia's longest serving ornithological editor and contributions to the field, including over 130 papers, the Whitley Award-winning Birds of Prey of Australia: A Field Guide, 2nd edition (CSIRO Publishing 2012), and work on the raptor sections of the Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds, Volume 2.
* Foreword* Preface* Introduction* Part I - Sea-eagles* White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster* Sanford's Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus sanfordi* Part II - Harpy eagles* New Guinea Harpy Eagle Harpyopsis novaeguineae* Part III - Booted eagles* Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax* Gurney's Eagle Aquila gurneyi* Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides* Pygmy Eagle Hieraaetus weiskei* Part IV - Australian eagle-like hawks* Black-breasted Buzzard Hamirostra melanosternon* Square-tailed Kite Lophoictinia isura* Red Goshawk Erythrotriochis radiatus* Epilogue* Bibliography* Other sources of information* Appendix: Scientific names of other Australian raptors* Index