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National Geographic Bird Coloration Hardcover – March 16, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426205716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426205712
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bird Coloration is a highly entertaining and educational book that should appeal to bird watching hobbyists and professional ornithologists alike.” –South Dakota Bird Notes
 
The information presented here is, in a word, fascinating…Hill wrote this volume for non-professionals, especially birders. He did a commendable job in making a very complicated, technical topic not only readable, but also enjoyable. ..The topics presented here are incredibly interesting.” www.birderslibrary.com
 
“This fascinating book, one of the first non-academic works on bird coloration and plumage,
uses more than 200 color photographs and 100 drawings to illustrate Hill’s authoritative-yet-accessible text.” –Alaska Airlines magazine
 
“Bird Coloration is a fascinating read for the birder who wants to understand a little more about the world birds see and why certain birds are colored the way they are. You don’t need to be a scientist to enjoy this book.” –Surfbirds.com (http://surfbirds.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6669)
 
“The photography is excellent and the drawings are just plain beautiful.” –aroundanchorage blog
http://aroundanchorage.blogspot.com/2010/03/national-geographic-bird-coloration.html

About the Author

Geoffrey E. Hill is a noted ornithologist, seeker of the elusive Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and author of two books: A Red Bird in a Brown Bag and Ivorybill Hunters. He served as the consultant for the forthcoming National Geographic feature film The Lord God Bird.

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Customer Reviews

I got this book for my husband because he is a great bird watcher and lover.
Rita M. Tubbs
This is a magical book for any bird lover----discussing the coloration of all sorts of birds---and the pictures within the book are magnificent.
Elizabeth Schaper
This is a well written book that will appeal to the lay person, as well as those with a scientific background.
Lulubelle

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Andy G. on April 14, 2010
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If you have an interest in either birding or color or photograhy or art or biology or genetics or animal behavior or natural history or if you are just a curious person by nature, then there is something for you in this book. While the underlying theme is bird coloration, Geoffrey Hill covers a nice space around this topic with a style that is easy to read and continuously fascinating. As I read I kept saying "wow", and "realy?!??" and "so *that's* how they figured that out". The photography is phenominal and there are beautiful color pictures on almost evey page. The printing is exceptional - colorful and tac sharp. Almost all of the pictures have rich, descriptive captions. For example, on page 118 there is a hillarious picture of an Egyptian Vulture where the second sentence of the description reads "To get the careotenoids needed for facial coloration, these vultures eat the gut contents of dead sheep." The face even looks like something from the gut of a dead sheep.

The author covers color vision in birds and compares it to human vision (birds see many more colors than humans), the genetics of color, structures that create color, pigments, behaviours influenced by color, even color beyond the birds themselves - the White-winged Fairy-wrens in Australia brings a blue flower during courtship. For a different use of color, the Variable Pitohue of New Guinea is colorful to warn preditors - it has the same poison in its skin and feathers as dart frogs.

The author explains the history of how scientists came to know many of the things they know about bird behaviour and bird coloring, which adds to the already fascinating content.

I can't think of any negatives to the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lulubelle on February 20, 2011
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This is a well written book that will appeal to the lay person, as well as those with a scientific background. It provides an excellent explanation of molt, as well as the impact/role of genetics & nutrition in creating avain coloration. Color is an indicator of heath, age, sex - it is also assists in determining dominance within a flock. For those who are birders, this will allow you a greater understanding of why birds are leucistic, abnormally colored & why color morphs exist within species. The photos are excellent, providing examples of coloration in both healthy/unhealthy captive & non-captive birds. I think this book would be an excellent addition to the library of any birder or anyone with a genuine interest in nature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stan of Silver Spring on February 24, 2011
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I first saw this book in my local library. I checked out the book and read the first 42 pages. I didn't have time to complete the book, but had thumbed through the remainder, as well as looking in the index for specific topicality.
I thought the consolidation of the volumous research material, and presenting the material to an understandable level for a lay person or someone with a basic biological background, was done very well. I hesitated paying full price for the book in the book stores, however I did want it for my "Nature" library. I found that Amazon, had several listings for a more than fair price. I am a beginning birder, experienced microbiologist and a herpetology hobbyist, and found the book very interesting and informative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 19, 2010
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Bird Coloration offers an analysis of how birds are colored: why some have plumage, what roles diseases and climate play, and how feathers display signals. This is the first non-academic exploration and pairs over 200 gorgeous photos with an easy exploration of bird coloration perfect for any general lending library strong on wildlife exploration.
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By Rita M. Tubbs on May 20, 2014
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I got this book for my husband because he is a great bird watcher and lover. He loves this book and claims it is very accurate and technical. We're happy with it.
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This was a gift for my birder husband. It is a great addition to his library of birding books. He was pleased to receive it.
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