New Zealand birds like you've never seen them before.
Who knew that the morepork, our forest-dwelling owl, can turn its head 270 degrees? Or that the eastern bar-tailed godwit doubles its body weight before undertaking an epic and continuous migration of 11,000 kilometres? Or that the tui has a specially placed voicebox, enabling it to duet with itself, sometimes producing sounds too high-frequency for humans to hear?
Zany, off-kilter, wondrous and wild, The Brilliance of Birds gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of some of New Zealand’s feathered friends.
“Skye Wishart writes pithy, informative text that doesn't seek to be comprehensive, and is all the better for it. She weaves together quirky facts, told with flair and inventiveness ... a remarkable collection.”
Shaun Barnett, Backcountry
“In a word, The Brilliance of Birds by journalist Skye Wishart and seabird scientist/photographer Edin Whitehead soars. The 'brilliance' of the title can equally be applied to the book's breath-taking presentation, gorgeous photos and sharp writing. Young minds as well as old ones like mine will fall prey to the beautiful plumages and unabated cacophony of startling facts, strung together by a chatty narrative that almost disguises the depths the authors are prepared to dive to. Without shrieking it like a kaka from the treetops, this book is really what it says in the subtitle: A New Zealand Birdventure.”
Peter Shand, NZME Regionals