Create your own fantastic ornithological kingdom by using the brightest shades and patterns you can imagine. It's almost impossible to improve upon the natural colors of the abstract-art-themed wood duck or the well-named painted bunting, but there's no reason not to give the American robin a makeover. Excellent for all ages!
The birds are arranged in order of their evolutionary history so that you can see the relationships among species and families. Some of them, like the northern cardinal, are familiar backyard friends; some, like the mountain quail and American bittern, are wary denizens of brushlands and marshes; and some, like the great horned owl, are seldom seen in daylight. One, unfortunately is extinct, the bright and raucous Carolina parakeet, which once ranged widely in huge noisy flocks. All are waiting for you to bring them to life with your own vibrant colors. 33 drawings by Dana Gardner, author and/or illustrator of many publications, including field guides to the birds of Belize and to Costa Rica. He lives in Berkeley, California..