By Michael Szabo, with an introduction by Alan Tennyson
A handy introduction to the unique birdlife of Aotearoa New Zealand, for the backyard, bach, and backpack.
Part of the new Te Papa Te Taiao Nature Series, this accessible, handsomely illustrated guide to Aotearoa New Zealand’s native bird species has wide appeal.
Native Birds of Aotearoa describes sixty of our most interesting species – forest, garden, wetland, coastal, alpine and marine birds – reflecting the range of subtropical, temperate and subantarctic habitats across our islands.
Written by Birds New Zealand editor, Michael Szabo, and with an introduction by Te Papa Curator Vertebrates, Alan Tennyson, it is published in collaboration with Birds New Zealand. Native Birds includes ornithologist notes on each species and insights into the museum’s fieldwork and collections. Charming original illustrations from the 1930s have been complemented in the same style by illustrator Pippa Keel.
About the authors
Michael Szabo is editor of Birds New Zealand magazine and a contributor to New Zealand Birds Online. He was the principal author of Wild Encounters – A Forest & Bird guide to discovering NZ’s unique wildlife (2009), and has written for New Scientist, NZ Geographic, and Sunday Star-Times.
Alan Tennyson (Curator Vertebrates Te Papa) researches vertebrate animal groups but his particular expertise is in fossil and living birds. His current research focuses on the history and origins of New Zealand’s animals and the conservation of seabirds in the South Pacific.
About the illustrator
Pippa Keel is an award-winning illustration designer, who has an Honours degree in illustration and a huge love of the outdoors. From her small studio in Wellington, Pippa has worked with a variety of New Zealand-based companies and publishers, including Zealandia Ecosanctuary and Te Papa Press (The Nature Activity Book).
Extent: 144 pages