Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

Revealing the World's Most Extraordinary Birds

Book - 2012
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Random House, Inc.
"You’ll initially find it hard to believe that these pictures are real—but they are. These are the most beautiful photographs of the world’s most beautiful birds. The birds’ behavior, richly described in the text, is as remarkable as their appearance. This is a book like no other book."
--Jared Diamond, ornithologist and author of Guns, Germs, and Steel

Eight years. Eighteen expeditions. Fifty-one field sites. Thirty-nine unique species of birds-of-paradise, all photographed in the wild for the first time in history.

“We turned our passion for science, photography, and media documentation into a comprehensive vision to share an unparalleled treasure of Earth’s biodiversity with the world,” write biologists and explorers Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes.

These treasures are the spectacular birds-of-paradise, native only to the remote New Guinea region but known the world around for their brilliant colors, otherworldly plumes, and elaborate courtship dances. Now, for the first and perhaps only time, all 39 species of these extraordinary birds are showcased together through the revealing words and exclusive photographs in this landmark book.

Baker & Taylor
A sumptuous photo essay tribute to the bird of paradise includes coverage of all 39 species and includes images of previously unrepresented birds from remote New Guinea, in a volume that addresses questions by eminent evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr and includes discussions of their extraordinary plumage, behaviors and conservation successes.

& Taylor

Examines the extraordinary plumage, behavior, and conservation successes of all thirty-nine bird of paradise species, and includes images of previously unrepresented birds from remote New Guinea.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic ; [Ithaca, N.Y.] : Cornell Lab of Ornithology, c2012
ISBN: 9781426209581
Characteristics: 227 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 26 x 32 cm
Additional Contributors: Scholes, Edwin


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Aug 03, 2013

If you enjoyed this book be sure to watch the YouTube video where you can see the birds in action!


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