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Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World's Most Extraordinary Birds [Hardcover]

Tim Laman , Edwin Scholes
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23 Oct 2012
"Birds of Paradise" is destined to be the first-ever popular book to reveal the most exotic birds on earth. Photographer and National Geographic grantee Tim Laman and co-author Edwin Scholes (ornithologist/leading authority) travelled to the most remote parts of the New Guinea wilderness - the only place these birds occur - to photograph and study their secret lives. The authors' documentation of the appearance, displays, and behaviours of these 39 species of birds has taken years of dedicated fieldwork. This high quality, large-format photography book will inform and enthral the book-buying public with images of astonishing beauty, solid yet approachable natural history, and a National Geographic message of conservation.

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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society (23 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426209584
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426209581
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 12.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No group of birds in the world is more beautiful and more intriguing to science than the birds of paradise. Surprisingly, no book showing them displaying in the wild has been done before. But to gain such perspectives and develop such a wonderful collection of pictures has taken years. The result is truly breathtaking."
--Sir David Attenborough, filmmaker and creator of "Life on Earth"

"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
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"The resulting extremes of color, form and behavior are beautifully documented in Schole's new book", "co-authored with photographer Tim Laman." -Sciencefriday.com

"The exhibit "Birds of Paradise" at the National Geographic museum in Washington, along with a book by Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes, offers research, photographs and video of the 39 species of the bird..." -"The Wall Street Journal"

About the Author

TIM LAMAN is a field biologist and wildlife photojournalist affiliated with the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. A fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, he has photographed 20 articles for "National Geographic" magazine.
EDWIN SCHOLES, an ornithologist and biodiversity video curator at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, has studied the birds of paradise for more than a decade and is a leading authority on their behavior and evolution.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars birds of paradise 16 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover
This book must be the definative statement on birds of paradise and it is not surprising that it took nearly a decade to collect the necessary information and pictures.
39 species are described from New Guinea,the Mollucas and eastern Australia.
Following a text on the habitat of the birds,which is accompanied by magnificent pictures, there is a species atlas of the 39 birds with additional pictures,short essay,range map,elevation range,relative size,voice description and conservation status.
A truely remarkeable book that has to be seen. Deserves 10 stars.

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P.S.There would appear to be a 40th bird which is not in the book namely the Growling Riflebird (Ptiloris intercedens)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Feb 2013
By Richard
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This book is fantastic and would highly recommend it to anyone. The photographs and information are of the highest order.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonders of nature 2 Sep 2013
By agnes
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Beatifull Photography of extraordanary birds. I did'nt know there were so many kinds of paradisebirds. It was very helpfull for designing some fashionobjects, the purpose I bought the book for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic 15 April 2014
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The efforts of this whole project is just mindbogglingly complex. Tim Laman and team has created the ultimate publication of Birds of Paradise - above the normal standard of National Geographic. If you are a birder or nature lover this is simply a 'must buy'. Highly recommended!
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