Features Kea and Kaka Parrots (Nestor notabilis and Nestor meridionalis).
Of the Kea, Buller says "far above dwarf vegetation in all the wonderful variety of alpine shrubs and flowers...This is the home of the Kea". Of the Kaka, Buller says "sprightly in its nature, eminently social and more noisy than any other inhabitant of the woods."
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.