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The Children of Tane

Nature volume 143, page 541 (01 April 1939) | Download Citation



THIS book is written in a slightly romantic vein, A making much play with Maori names; but it deals in an interesting manner with bird-life in New Zealand, particularly the forest avifauna and measures for its preservation. The clearance of woodlands has had a very serious effect on the native birds, and this has been aggravated by the introduction of alien species. Fortunately, several islands have been set aside as inviolable sanctuaries, although even on some of these great harm is being doneto the vegetation by imported deer or goats.

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