- Paperback: 412 pages
- Publisher: Canterbury University Press (April 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0908812523
- ISBN-13: 978-0908812523
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,351,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flight of the Huia: Ecology and conservaton of New Zealand's Frogs, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals Paperback – April 1, 2004
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Kerry-Jayne is an expert on NZ's ecology, and its weird and wonderful products of isolated evolution. In Flight of the Huia she places an immense amount of useful, and even surprising, information in an easy to follow framework for a non-academic reader. The framework of evolutionary processes and history presented here is invaluable in itself and I haven't encountered similar elsewhere in an easily accessible form. The wealth of detail can be skimmed or skipped, but then easily returned to if needed. This makes the book worth buying rather than just borrowing. However I found the detail so facinating I read it through as I went.
Kerry-Jayne comes across as a practical person. There's a clear intellectual honesty in her writing, which is not always the case with NZ's eco-academics. In contrast this book's sub-narrative seems always seeking broad buy-in.
More's the pity if it hasn't reached as wide a readership as it could through a poor marketing job by the publisher.
As for my recommendation: if you're interested in this topic and you've 'bought the bumper sticker', as they say, then buy this book too. It'll help make sure your mind is also where your mouth is.