The Unfeathered Bird

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The Unfeathered Bird
Author(s):
Katrina van Grouw
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Year:
2012
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
304
ISBN-13:
9780691151342
RRP:
£40.00

This richly illustrated book on bird anatomy offers refreshingly original insights into what goes on beneath the feathered surface.

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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 more than 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 behaviour typical of the species: an underwater view of the skeleton of a swimming diver, 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.