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Extraordinary chickens
Green-Armytage, Stephen.
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Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, [2000]

Physical Description:
107 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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SF487 .G655 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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An introduction to the world of exotic ornamental chickens. The book contains photographs of chickens of all shapes and sizes, including the Bearded Silkie, the crested Polish and the majestic Phoenix.

Author Notes

Stephen Green-Armytage received his master's degree in English from Cambridge University in England. In addition to much advertising and corporate work, he has photographed many well-known politicians, athletes, and other celebrities, and his work has appeared in numerous books and periodicals, including Sports Illustrated, Life, Fortune, Smithsonian, Good Housekeeping, and various European magazines

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Library Journal Review

Anyone who thinks of chickens merely as flocks of egg-laying machines or as food for the table will be in for a surprise when they read this book. Author-photographer Green-Armytage, whose pictures have appeared in a number of books and magazines, visited poultry shows and individual fanciers in the United States and abroad to capture the approximately 160 full-color photographs displayed here. Many of these photos are, like the subjects themselves, extraordinary. Here chickens stand out as individuals with their own distinctive colors, shapes, and sizes. Most are quite beautiful. Many are unusual, even exotic, with crests, beards, combs that look like horns, long tails, no tails, feathered feet, and naked necks. Green-Armytage also examines feather patterns and textures, heads and combs, feet and spurs, and even eggs. The text consists of a brief introductory chapter followed by an alphabetical list, with descriptions, of the several dozen breeds portrayed. More detailed information and the official standards of all breeds exhibited in the United States can be found in The American Standard of Perfection (American Poultry Association, last revised in 1998). Recommended for leisure, animal, photography, and other collections.DWilliam H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 22
Prefacep. 25
The Strange and Beautiful World of Exotic Chickensp. 28
Notes on the Ornamental Breedsp. 39
Extraordinary Chickens: An International Portfoliop. 54
Index of Breedsp. 112