This is a bird identification guide with a difference. Instead of using colour plates of paintings, Photographic Field Guide: Birds of Australia features photographs. Photographs of living birds can often provide detail not available in paintings, such as typical poses, real habitat and often more realistic colouring. A map shows each species' distribution in and around Australia and the text gives details of size, colour, shape, behaviour, calls and habitat. The at-a-glance symbols at the end of each entry indicate major habitat types. This second edition has updated maps, general text information and common Latin names.