370 pages, 350 col illus
A gloriously illustrated book that comprehensively covers the natural history of these most spectacular birds, as well as the people and artefacts surrounding the history of their discovery and their place in art and culture. The illustrations range from superb photographs of living birds to fine, rare artworks dating as far back as the 16th. century.
A comprehensive account of the natural history, record of discovery and depiction, and human appreciation of and relationships with the spectacularly beautiful birds of paradise. Written and illustrated, with over 350 images plus maps and drawings, by two dedicated world authorities who have studied and photographed the birds of paradise for over 30 years.
Foreword + Prologue + Introduction
Part I: BIRDS OF PARADISE AND THEIR NATURE
* Origins and features
* Courtship, mate choice and breeding
PART II: BIRDS OF PARADISE AND PEOPLE
* Traditional New Guinea culture
* The plume trade
* Collectors for museums
* Aviculture and ornithology
* Birds named after people
PART III : BIRDS OF PARADISE IN ART AND CULTURE
* Early art
* Recent art
* Contemporary artefacts
PART IV: THE BIRD OF PARADISE FAMILY
* The bird of paradise species
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