Birds of New Zealand: A Photographic Guide

Paul Scofield & Brent Stephenson


A must-have guide to our 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 kākā, the book ranges widely.

Key features include:

  • 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
  • Māori, English and scientific names. 

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.

Birds of New Zealand is also available as an interactive app for smartphones and tablets – a complete collection of all 365 species in New Zealand with specific features to enhance the birding experience. Developed by Mydigitalearth, the app is now available from the app store (for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad on iOS V6.1 or higher), the Android Play store (for Android devices 2.1 and over) and the Windows store (for supported systems x86, x64, ARM). 

Try out a free sampler version of the Birds of New Zealand app for iPhone and iPad from the app store.


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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 (Princeton and A&C Black, 2006).

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.


September 2013, 233 x 162 mm, 552 pages, colour illustrations, NZ and Australian rights only
Flexibind, ISBN 978 1 86940 733 9, $59.99