On loan from Te Papa, "Buller's Birds: The Art of Keulemans and Buchanan", showcases illustrations from New Zealand’s most famous books on native birds, and opens at the Papakura Museum on the 5th of December.

"Buller’s Birds: The Art of Keulemans and Buchanan" displays exhibition prints of illustrations used in Walter Buller’s iconic 1873 book, A History of New Zealand Birds and its smaller spin-off, Manual of the Birds of New Zealand.

"Buller’s Birds" also showcases print reproductions of original hand-coloured lithographs by London-based renowned natural illustrator Johannes Keulemans from the rare first edition, as well as of drawings and engravings relating to the later publications by New Zealander John Buchanan.

Developed and Toured by Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Image credit: Johannes G Keulemans, ‘Ruru, morepork, Spiloglaux Novae Zealandiae, and whekau, laughing owl Sceloglaux albifacies’ 1873. Photograph from A History of the Birds of New Zealand, 1st edition, Te Papa (1992-0035-1093/3)