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.


Paul Scofield and Brent Stephenson