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Birdstories: A history of the birds of New Zealand

Birdstories: A history of the birds of New Zealand
 

A fascinating, in-depth account of New Zealand's birds, which spans their discovery, their place in both Pakeha and Maori worlds, their survival and conservation, and the illustrations and art they have inspired. Norman covers a range of our bird families and individual species, ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780947503925
Published 26 October 2018 by Potton & Burton
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Norman, Geoff
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ISBN-13 9780947503925
ISBN-10 0947503927
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Potton & Burton
Imprint Potton & Burton
Publication Date 26 October 2018
International Publication Date 23 October 2018
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Norman, Geoff
Category Birds & Birdwatching
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Maori
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 372
Dimensions Width: 184mm
Height: 260mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Natural History: Animal & Wildlife
Dewey Code 598.0993
Catalogue Code 941915

Description of this Book

A fascinating, in-depth account of New Zealand's birds, which spans their discovery, their place in both Pakeha and Maori worlds, their survival and conservation, and the illustrations and art they have inspired. In 1872, the first instalments of Walter Buller's A History of the Birds of New Zealand appeared. When completed, this became a landmark publishing event that described the place of New Zealand's birds in the Maori world, the first encounters Europeans had with our birds, the arguments over their classification, and provided a snapshot of their status at the time. Through Buller's books, the rest of the world got to know about New Zealand's unusual and distinctive birds, and New Zealanders, too, began to appreciate them. Geoff Norman's Birdstories carries Buller's publishing legacy through to the present day. He covers a range of our bird families and individual species, and provides an up-to-date picture of how these birds are regarded by both Maori and Pakeha, the backstory of their discovery, and their current conservation status. Extensively illustrated with historic illustrations and contemporary artwork, this is a beautiful, comprehensive publication that will help New Zealanders realise what a taonga we have in our birds.

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Author's Bio

GEOFF NORMAN was born in Wellington and has a background in science and environmental studies. He has been involved in publishing for over 30 years, designing, typesetting and producing books. His first book, Buller's Birds of New Zealand: the complete work of J. G. Keulemans, was published by Te Papa Press in 2012. It was the New Zealand Herald's Book of the Year in 2012 and a finalist in the 2013 NZ Post Book Awards, and has been reprinted three times. Geoff enjoys tramping, music, and Latin American and Spanish culture.

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