Features Kakariki Parrots, also known as the Red Crowned Parakeet and Yellow Crowned Parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae and Cyanoramphus auriceps).
Of the Red Crowned Parakeet, Buller says "when on the wing it utters a hurried chattering note...when alarmed or calling its fellows it emits a cry resembling twenty eight". Of the Yellow Crowned Parakeet, Buller says "it loves...the tutu bush and to regale itself of its juicy berries...on these occasions it is easily snared by the natives...who use a flax noose on a slender rod".
Walter Buller KCMG (1838 - 1906) was a New Zealand lawyer and naturalist. His work, "A History of the Birds of New Zealand", was first published in 1873 and as an extended version in 1888. It is regarded as a classic of ornithology and New Zealand wildlife and describes several now extinct birds.
The artist who illustrated the birds was John Gerrard Keulemanns, regarded as one of the finest wildlife illustrators of all time.