Australia is lucky enough to have a fauna field guide for each state and territory (the image below is of the app I use for the Australian Capital Territory). Museums Victoria developed them and they are practical, user friendly and much easier to carry around then a text book! They are also free which I think is clever because it allows more people to learn about our wildlife.
From the Google PlayStore:
Explore the fauna of Australia’s capital in the Field Guide to Australian Capital Territory Fauna app. The app features over 400 species, including mammals, birds, fishes, reptiles, frogs and invertebrates.
Each species profile contains a detailed description, beautiful photographs, a distribution map and the animal’s endangered status. You can even listen to the calls of frogs, birds, possums, koalas, and many other animals.
The app can be used anywhere, from your backyard or school, to your favourite national park or wetland. We’ve put in a lot of species, but it’s still only a fraction of the complete fauna of the ACT. Our scientists will continue to add species over time.
I use the app all the time. Do you use one of the Aussie apps or do you have one for where you live?