• Birds of the West Wind: How Australia Has Shaped NZ's Avian Life

    Birds of the West Wind: How Australia Has Shaped NZ's Avian Life
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    ISBN: 9780473356705
    Title: Birds of the West Wind: How Australia Has Shaped NZ's Avian Life
    Author: SHEERAN GARRY

    The origin of New Zealand birds is a story whose continuing evolution in the last 30 years especially has upset many apple carts - from the idea that the moa has evolved from a small South American bird which flew to ancient New Zealand, to the seeming preposterous suggestion that the kiwi is more closely related to the Madagascan elephant bird than the moa. What, then, of the kakapo, kea, tui, rifleman, stitchbird and the rest of our iconic New Zealand birds? Garry Sheeran has dug up what professionals are re-discovering about the origin of New Zealand birds with the help of modern scientific tools. A particular theme is the influence of Australian avifauna on New Zealand's bird life. In Part 1 he tells of his layman's latter-day interest in birds with enthusiasm, originality and charm. He also traces how the origin stories of birds are closely connected to the origins of the islands and continents on which they are found. Part 2 contains specific origin stories of more than 80 mainly land and shore birds, and traces their possible connection to Australian birds. The book is aimed as much at readers with little knowledge of New Zealand's bird life as it is at enthusiastic and knowledgeable birders. Writes Colin Miskelly, terrestrial vertebrates of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: 'Garry Sheeran takes readers on an entertaining and informative journey of personal discovery through hypotheses proposed and conclusions drawn to that quintessential kiwi question: Where did our namesakes and their feathered brethren come from?'

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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