Where Song Began: Australia's Birds and How They Changed the World [HC]

by Low, Tim
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Where Song Began: Australia's Birds and How They Changed the World [HC]

by Low, Tim

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An authoritative and entertaining exploration of Australia's distinctive birds and their unheralded role in global evolution.

Renowned for its gallery of unusual mammals, Australia is also a land of extraordinary birds. But unlike the mammals, the birds of Australia flew beyond the continent's boundaries and around the globe many millions of years ago. This eye-opening book tells the dynamic but little-known story of how Australia provided the world with songbirds and parrots, among other bird groups, why Australian birds wield surprising ecological power, how Australia became a major evolutionary center, and why scientific biases have hindered recognition of these discoveries.

From violent, swooping magpies to tool-making cockatoos, Australia's birds are strikingly different from birds of other lands - often more intelligent and aggressive, often larger and longer-lived. Tim Low, a renowned biologist with a rare storytelling gift, here presents the amazing evolutionary history of Australia's birds. The story of the birds, it turns out, is inseparable from the story of the continent itself and also the people who inhabit it.

ISBN: 9780300221664

Publisher: Yale University Press

Year of Publication: 2016

Page Count: 406

Shipping Weight: 2.50