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The birds of paradise : Paradisaeidae
Frith, Clifford B.
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Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xxx, 613 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
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QL696.P26 F75 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Provides the first comprehensive, up-to-date, and scientifically accurate overview of the behaviour, biology, ecology, biogeography, and history of the most ornate and dramatic group of birds on earth.

Author Notes

Clifford B. Frith is at Queensland Museum, Brisbane. Bruce M. Beehler is at Smithsonian Institute, Washington.

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Choice Review

Frith and Beehler have written an excellent, comprehensive, and readable book on one of the most fascinating avian families--the birds of paradise. The book is organized into two major parts. Part 1 reviews what is known about the birds in chapters on their discovery, evolution, ecology, reproductive behavior, nesting biology, conservation, and place in human tradition and culture. Part 2 presents detailed species accounts, each including description of adults and immatures, geographic distributions, systematics, nomenclature, subspecies, weights, measurements, habitats, diets, vocalizations, mating systems, courtship and breeding behaviors, annual cycles, and current status. Beautiful color plates portray all 42 birds of paradise species and some hybrids. Several appendixes detail descriptions of hybrids, a chronology of the exploration of Australasia and the study of birds of paradise, molt patterns, plant species eaten by the birds, and a gazetteer of important locations mentioned within the text. The book is exhaustively researched, thoroughly cited, and will likely be the most authoritative work on this avian family for years. Highly recommended for bird enthusiasts. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. E. H. Rave; Bemidji State University

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgement
List of colour plates
List of abbreviations
Plan of the book
Diagrams of bird topography
Diagrams of bird of paradise structural morphology
Map showing some more important locations mentioned in the text
Boundaries of the regional maps used in the species accounts of Chapter 9
Part I
1 The incredible birds of paradise - an introduction
2 Discovery of the birds of paradise and history of their study
3 Evolution and biogeography of the birds of paradise
4 Ecology of the birds of paradise
5 Reproductive behaviour
6 Nesting biology and parental behaviour
7 Birds of paradise in human tradition and culture
8 ConservationPart II
Family, subfamily, genus and species accounts