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National Geographic Bird Coloration Hardcover – March 16, 2010
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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
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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.
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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Great book!! Easy to read and understand!! Well written for even younger children who would love to learn more about birds!!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
was looking for photos such as what was on the cover. should have known Nat. would be
more of statistical info. with mini pictures of each bird. Read more
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.Published on November 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
We bought this book for our grand children and they loved it. We always try to select several book for Christmas that are interesting and educational for them.Published on March 13, 2013 by Gerald Marlin
its written well....easy to read, a wealth of information, and some great pictures as well......i thought it was great value for money......cheers...:)Published on February 5, 2013 by Lisa Sutcliffe