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Extinct Birds of New Zealand

Extinct Birds of New Zealand

Author: Alan Tennyson

Illustrator: Paul Martinson

Published: 2006-11-01

Publisher's Description:

In New Zealand’s lush rainforests, isolated from the outside world for 80 million years, many extraordinary birds evolved. They included the giant moa, the beautiful huia, and the largest eagle the earth has ever seen. Within a few hundred years, human settlement extinguished 58 species – over a quarter of the total number.

For the first time ever, this book brings all these lost birds to life. In rich colour, celebrated painter Paul Martinson depicts each bird in its original habitat. Te Papa palaeontologist Alan Tennyson provides detailed information on the birds as well as a compelling overview of their tragic extinction.

This book is essential reading for experts, students, and anyone interested in this country’s natural history.


This title is now out of print.

Extent:140 pp
Illustrations: More than 60 full-colour and black-and-white
Format: 280mm x 230mm


  • Language: English
  • Biogeographical Realm: Australasian
  • Countries Covered: New Zealand
  • Families Covered:

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  • Publisher: Te Papa Press
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  • Country: New Zealand

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  • Date Published: 01 Nov 2006
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  • ISBN-13: 9780909010218