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Extinct birds - 8th Mar 2017

Alan Tennyson and Paul Martinson's
Extinct Birds of New Zealand

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. Before human settlement, the islands were completely dominated by birds. Within a few hundred years, a quarter of those birds disappeared forever.

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.

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