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The Unfeathered Bird

Van Grouw, Katrina (Book - 2013)
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The Unfeathered Bird
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There is more to a bird than simply feathers. And just because birds evolved from a single flying ancestor doesn't mean they are structurally all the same. With over 385 stunning drawings depicting 200 species, The Unfeathered Bird is a richly illustrated book on bird anatomy that offers refreshingly original insights into what goes on beneath the feathered surface. Each exquisite drawing is made from an actual specimen and reproduced in sumptuous large format. The birds are shown in lifelike positions and engaged in behavior typical of the species: an underwater view of the skeleton of a swimming loon, the musculature of a porpoising penguin, and an unfeathered sparrowhawk plucking its prey. Jargon-free and easily accessible to any reader, the lively text relates birds' anatomy to their lifestyle and evolution, examining such questions as why penguins are bigger than auks, whether harrier hawks really have double-jointed legs, and the difference between wing claws and wing spurs. A landmark in popular bird books, The Unfeathered Bird is a must for anyone who appreciates birds or bird art. A unique book that bridges art, science, and history Over 385 beautiful drawings, artistically arranged in a sumptuous large-format book Accessible, jargon-free text--the only book on bird anatomy aimed at the general reader Drawings and text all based on actual bird specimens Includes most anatomically distinct bird groups Many species never illustrated before
Authors: Van Grouw, Katrina, 1965-
Title: The unfeathered bird
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2013
Characteristics: xiii, 287 p. :,ill. ;,32 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Katrina van Grouw
Notes: Includes index
Contents: Part One. Generic. The trunk
The head and neck
The hind limbs
The wings and tail
Part Two. Specific. I. Accipitres. Vultures
Birds of prey
Owls
II. Picae. Parrots
Turacos and others
Kingfishers
Hornbills and allies
Toucans and barbets
Woodpeckers
Hummingbirds
III. Anseres. Waterfowl / domestic waterfowl
Penguins
Loons
Grebes
Albatrosses, petrels, and storm petrels
Tropicbirds and frigatebirds
Pelicans
Gannets
Cormorants and darters
Gulls, terns, skimmers, and skuas
Auks
IV. Grallae. Flamingos
Herons
Shoebill
Storks, ibises, and spoonbills
Cranes
Rails
Kagu
Waders
V. Gallinae. Gamebirds / domestic fowl
Screamers
Hoatzin
Ostrich, kiwis, and other ratites
Tinamous
Bustards
Sandgrouse
Dodo and solitaire
VI. Passeres. Pigeons / domestic pigeons
Nightjars
Swifts
Passerines
ISBN: 0691151342
9780691151342
Branch Call Number: 598 V253u 2013
Subject Headings: Ornithology Fieldwork Birds Pictorial works Birds Adaptation Birds Behavior Birds Anatomy
Topical Term: Ornithology
Birds
Birds
Birds
Birds
LCCN: 2012010955
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