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The Discovery of New Zealand's Birds

The Discovery of New Zealand's Birds [Kindle Edition]

George Watola

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This book discusses in detail the first historical record of the 400 bird species recorded in New Zealand (including Norfolk Island) since 1769. First records usually only refer only to rarer species or vagrants, but can of course apply to all species when first historically recorded (after A.D. 1500). No country appears to have a published list of first historical records for its entire avifauna.
Why have New Zealand birds been of such interest since Cook’s time? Guthrie-Smith (1914) perhaps discussed it best. ”From the date on which the first Moa bone was brought to England, the Avifauna of New Zealand has excited a peculiar interest. There was a romance of science in that paper where, against the advice of friends, Owen staked his reputation on the interpretation of a single bone; and more learned papers have perhaps been written about our Kiwis than about any other family of birds in the world. The enormous period of time during which New Zealand has been isolated, has given her birds time for a high degree of specialisation; and by scientific ornithologists our Dominion, small as is its extent, has been considered the most striking and most essential of the six regions into which the bird life of the world has been apportioned. Our birds will fit into no well-ordered groups: our Thrushes are hardly Thrushes, our Crows are hardly Crows, our Starling is hardly a Starling.”
Visitors, and those hoping to visit New Zealand one day, will find this book provides information not readily available elsewhere, and will help while away the long flight.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 694 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: George Watola; 3rd edition edition (22 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AC5T7GG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #703,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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