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The Brilliance of Birds

by Skye Wishard & Edin Whitehead

Who knew that the morepork, our only surviving native owl, can turn its head 270 degrees? Or that the bar-tailed godwit triples its body weight before undertaking an epic and continuous migration of 11,000 kilometres? Or that the New Zealand dabchick has an in-built buoyancy system, able to trap or decompress air within its feathers? Or that the tui has two voiceboxes, enabling it to duet with itself, and one 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 New Zealand's feathered friends.

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