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Drawn from paradise : the discovery, art and natural history of the birds of paradise

Author: David Attenborough; Errol Fuller
Publisher: London : Collins, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the moment they were introduced to the European mind in the early sixteenth century, their unique beauty was recognised and commemorated in the first name that they were given -- birds so beautiful they must be birds from paradise.
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Attenborough; Errol Fuller
ISBN: 9780007487615 0007487614
OCLC Number: 800851796
Description: 251 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Contents: The first of the family : genus Paradisaea --
The twelve-wired bird : genus Seleucidis --
The king and his cousins : genus Cicinnurus --
The head-plumed dancers : genus Parotia --
The superb bird : genus Lophorina --
The sicklebills : genus Epimachus and genus Drepanornis --
The highlanders : genus Astrapia --
The riflebirds : genus Ptiloris --
The final glories : genus Semioptera and genus Pteridophora with genus Astrapia --
The meaning of the dances --
Hybrids --
Appendix. People associated with the discovery and visual representation of birds of paradise.
Responsibility: David Attenborough and Errol Fuller.

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Drawn from Paradise is David Attenborough's journey through the cultural history of the birds of paradise, one of the most exquisite and extravagant, colourful and intriguing families of birds.  Read more...

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`The book is as sumptuous as the birds themselves, a celebration of birds that have haunted the human imagination for half a millennium.' Simon Barnes, The Times`Brilliant'Guardian`A worthy inheritor Read more...

 
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