CONDITION NOTES: This copy is actually new, but the corners and head/tail of the spine became badly bumped during transit from the supplier.
Winner of the 2011 Whitley Award in the category of Popular Zoology. This prestigious award is given by the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales for outstanding publications that deal with the promotion and conservation of Australasian fauna.
A gloriously illustrated book that comprehensively covers the natural history of these most spectacular birds, as well as the people and artefacts surrounding the history of their discovery and their place in art and culture. The illustrations range from superb photographs of living birds to fine, rare artworks dating as far back as the 16th. century.
A comprehensive account of the natural history, record of discovery and depiction, and human appreciation of and relationships with the spectacularly beautiful birds of paradise. Written and illustrated, with over 350 images plus maps and drawings, by two dedicated world authorities who have studied and photographed the birds of paradise for over 30 years. 450 illustrations (350 in full color).
Table of contents:
Foreword + Prologue + Introduction
Part I: BIRDS OF PARADISE AND THEIR NATURE
Origins and features
Courtship, mate choice and breeding
PART II: BIRDS OF PARADISE AND PEOPLE
Traditional New Guinea culture
The plume trade
Collectors for museums
Aviculture and ornithology
Birds named after people
PART III : BIRDS OF PARADISE IN ART AND CULTURE
PART IV: THE BIRD OF PARADISE FAMILY
The bird of paradise species