This book aims to help those interested in New Zealand birds learn about the birds they see around them. Many people can?t get started on bird-watching because they don't know where to commence in terms of identification. It can be difficult to learn about birds commonly seen in the home garden or nearby parks if identification is a problem. The learner is assisted with information about colours (pages are colour-edged, the most conspicuous colours of the bird shown on the edges of the page); a description of habitat; information about the range of the bird; its size (each section starts with the smallest bird in that category); information on abundance and status; and distinct features and characteristics. Every entry is accompanied by a minimum of one colour photograph of the bird.
Stuart Chambers has previously privately published The Locality Guide to NZ Birds, and successfully sold it in domestic and overseas markets. His interest in birds spans many years, as does his research into the different aspects he discusses in this book. His aim is to produce a book that is easy to use for beginner and expert bird watchers. Stuart lives in Orewa.