Birds of New Zealand

Cover image features a close-up photograph of Kakapo bird.

Paperback - September 2013 - AU $60.00

Illustrated with stunning new photographs and drawing on the latest information from birders and biologists, this is a must-have guide to New Zealand's 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 kaka, the book ranges widely. + Full description

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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Paperback | September 2013 | $ 60.00
ISBN: 9781869407339 | 552 pages
Publisher: Auckland University Press
Colour photographs, Maps


  • Expert and up-to-date information on the 365 bird species found in New Zealand
  • More than 1000 new photographs illustrating key identification characteristics and variation by age and sex
  • Authoritative text covering identification, behaviour, distribution and taxonomy
  • Maori, English and scientific names.


Paul Scofield is senior curator of natural history at Canterbury Museum in Christchurch and a leading New Zealand ornithologist. He is the author of Albatrosses, Petrels and Shearwaters of the World.

Brent Stephenson is a New Zealand bird photographer and tour leader. He recently discovered and photographed the New Zealand storm petrel, a species believed for 150 years to have been extinct.