Birds of New Zealand: A Photographic Guide

Paul Scofield and Brent Stephenson

Format: Flexibind
Pages: 532
Published: September 2013
Specs: 23.3cm x 16.2cm
ISBN: 9781869407339

A must-have guide to our extraordinary birds.

Illustrated with stunning new photographs by Brent Stephenson and drawing on the latest information from birders and biologists, Birds of New Zealand is the definitive introduction to the identification and behaviour of this country’s extraordinary avian life. From the Kermadecs to Campbell Island, from beloved endemics to passing vagrants, from albatrosses and shearwaters to kiwi and kākā, the book ranges widely. Key features include: Expert and up-to-date information on the 345 bird species found in New Zealand; Almost 1000 new photographs illustrating key identification characteristics and variation by age and sex; Authoritative text covering identification, behaviour, distribution and taxonomy; Māori, English and scientific names. Evolving on isolated islands without mammals, New Zealand’s birdlife developed extraordinary diversity. After the extinction and habitat destruction wrought by humans, our birds today are now protected in parks and island sanctuaries and seen increasingly in farms and cities.

Birds of New Zealand is the must-have guide to our extraordinary birds – a copy belongs in every bach and backpack.


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...a superb guide to New Zealand birds and, unlike some, as strong on seabirds as on those of the forest. If you're interested in our birdlife, either identifying the species you see or finding out more about them, this would be a wonderful book to have at home. - Jim Eagles, NZ Herald

Birds of New Zealand gives full accounts for each species, in some instances running to three or four pages. The species accounts are preceded by a family summary and each account provides identification notes; vocalisations; separation from similar species; distribution; breeding biology; biometrics; and some quite detailed taxonomic notes. - Chris Watson

With a cover image like this, you know good things will be within. - Chris Watson