552 pages, colour photos
Exploring a wealth of incredible winged fauna, this fascinating compendium travels to the tropical setting of Colombia, where many different climates blend to encourage the development of habitats. The country's diverse landscapes are explored along with the rare beauty of its singular birds, showcasing their distinct plumage, colors, various sizes, songs, beaks, and wings. Illustrating how these creatures are currently threatened, this study also highlights the inadequate colonization and urbanization, deforestation, and many other factors that could potentially destroy the habitats of many species, increasing their rates of extinction. Suggestions for defensive and protective actions are included.
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Murray Cooper is a photographer who has documented the extraordinary diversity of neotropical forests and jungles for more than 15 years, specializing in their bird fauna. He is a member of the International League of Conservationist Photographers, and his work has been published in National Geographic and Natural History. He is the author of Plumas.
Benjamin Freeman is a biologist and ornithological guide who served as a bird watching guide in Colombia and contributed articles to publications such as Colombian Ornithology and The Bulletin of the Antioquian Society of Ornithology. He lives in Ithaca, New York.