Lonely Planet Indonesia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Take in a traditional gamelan performance, laze on hidden beaches, or hike volcanic peaks; all with your trusted travel companion.
Author: Thane K. Pratt
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release Date: 2014-10-26
This is the completely revised edition of the essential field guide to the birds of New Guinea. The world's largest tropical island, New Guinea boasts a spectacular avifauna characterized by cassowaries, megapodes, pigeons, parrots, cuckoos, kingfishers, and owlet-nightjars, as well as an exceptionally diverse assemblage of songbirds such as the iconic birds of paradise and bowerbirds. Birds of New Guinea is the only guide to cover all 780 bird species reported in the area, including 366 endemics. Expanding its coverage with 111 vibrant color plates—twice as many as the first edition—and the addition of 635 range maps, the book also contains updated species accounts with new information about identification, voice, habits, and range. A must-have for everyone from ecotourists to field researchers, Birds of New Guinea remains an indispensable guide to the diverse birds of this remarkable region. 780 bird species, including 366 found nowhere else 111 stunning color plates, twice the number of the first edition Expanded and updated species accounts provide details on identification, voice, habits, and range 635 range maps Revised classification of birds reflects the latest research
Author: Clifford B. Frith
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2016-06-01
Much of Charles Darwin's groundbreaking work as an evolutionary biologist stemmed from his study of birds. It is universally acknowledged that Darwin's observation of bird groups and species like the Galapagos finches, mockingbirds, and rock doves was critical to the development of his theories on natural selection, evolution, and sexual selection. The significant number of diverse birds that Darwin covered in his published works represents a most substantial ornithological contribution. His major books alone contain reference to and consideration of almost 500 bird species, as well as interesting and pertinent discussion of over 100 ornithological topics. "Charles Darwin's Birds" is a comprehensive treatment of Darwin's work as an ornithologist. Clifford Frith discusses every ornithological topic and bird species that Darwin researched, providing a complete historical survey of his published writing on birds. Through this, we learn how Darwin became an increasingly skilled and eventually exceptional ornithologist, and how his relationships grew with contemporary scientists like John Gould. It examines how Darwin was influenced by birds, and how the major themes of his research developed through his study of them. The book also features 4 appendices, which contain brief accounts of every bird species Darwin wrote about, basic ornithological information about each of the species, and a listing of where the species appears in Darwin's work.
Natural History claimed, "A glorious collection of science and art, geography and history, romance and rigor. It is a reassessment of a group of twenty birds ... that had lost their species status in the bird of paradise family and were largely forgotten by science for more than sixty years".
In Fabulous Feathers, Remarkable Birds Rosemary Low aims to instil an appreciation of birds into her readers, at the same time making them aware of the serious and escalating threats to bird survival. She recounts how these denizens of our skies inspire devotion in millions of people worldwide. Through the ages they have played an important role in the life of man. Now they need our help. Spiralling human populations have had serious consequences for 12% or more of the world's birds. They are at risk of extinction within this century. Two hundred are already on the brink and soon more will fall within this sad category. examples. From the flightless, nocturnal, endearing Kakapo (a giant parrot) of New Zealand, to the snow-white Bali Mynah, for which the last-ditch captive breeding attempt was foiled in an armed robbery, to the near-extinction of North America's Brown Pelican due to DDT, she recounts their fascinating and often inspirational stories. And those of the human players in the dramas of their saving or of their extinction. plumage of many species, such as fluorescent and iridescent feathers, extravagant headdresses and brilliant colours, and the incredible displays of the birds of paradise have long captured human imagination. In contrast are the bizarre and the remarkable: the Shoebill with its outsize beak and the Umbrella bird with its beatle crest and long feathered wattle. A chapter is devoted to unusual stories of strength and endurance in the face of almost insurmountable hardships, including the pigeons that won medals during the second world war. The love lives of birds, and even devotion to a partner that survives after death, are the subject of another chapter. Seldom-considered aspects, such as memory, intelligence, and a degree of awareness that we might associate only with humans, are revealed. Birds are not automatons, programmed to act in a certain way. They are sometimes remarkably like us. adaptations include snail-eating kites and nut-eating vultures and crows that use tools to obtain food. Throughout Europe and the USA familiar species are in decline, due to harmful agricultural practices, loss of habitat and road kills. In the tropics deforestation has had catastrophic consequences for countless species. Island birds are especially vulnerable, such as Madagascar's probably recently extinct Pochard duck. Some unique endemic species are on the brink of extinction. Introduced predators, including rats and stoats, have taken an enormous toll, and one cat single-handedly wiped out an entire species (a tiny wren). in saving birds are related in Part 3. One man reversed the plight of New Zealand's Black Robin when only one female was left alive. A theme of optimism runs through the chapter on believed extinct species that have been rediscovered, and species new to science recently described. In rare cases captive breeding is the only option in saving a species; the arguments for and against are presented. Some of the world's most spectacular birds of prey, flagship species for conservation, are the subjects of ongoing projects, such as the regal Harpy Eagle. Two species, the California Condor and the Mauritius Kestrel, have been saved by captive breeding, and Europe's Bearded Vulture has been reintroduced in several European countries. Much will depend on human population control, conservation education programmes and a more thoughtful approach to assisting bird survival. A worldwide and major change in attitude towards the environment and the world's resources will be essential if mass extinctions are to be averted.
When and where did the ancestors of modern birds evolve? What enabled them to survive the meteoric impact that wiped out the dinosaurs? How did these early birds spread across the globe and give rise to the 10,600-plus species we recognise today ― from the largest ratites to the smallest hummingbirds? Based on the latest scientific discoveries and enriched by personal observations, The Ascent of Birds sets out to answer these fundamental questions. The Ascent of Birds is divided into self-contained chapters, or stories, that collectively encompass the evolution of modern birds from their origins in Gondwana, over 100 million years ago, to the present day. The stories are arranged in chronological order, from tinamous to tanagers, and describe the many dispersal and speciation events that underpin the world's 10,600-plus species. Although each chapter is spearheaded by a named bird and focuses on a specific evolutionary mechanism, the narrative will often explore the relevance of such events and processes to evolution in general. The book starts with The Tinamou's Story, which explains the presence of flightless birds in South America, Africa, and Australasia, and dispels the cherished role of continental drift as an explanation for their biogeography. It also introduces the concept of neoteny, an evolutionary trick that enabled dinosaurs to become birds and humans to conquer the planet. The Vegavis's Story explores the evidence for a Cretaceous origin of modern birds and why they were able to survive the asteroid collision that saw the demise not only of dinosaurs but of up to three-quarters of all species. The Duck's Story switches to sex: why have so few species retained the ancestral copulatory organ? Or, put another way, why do most birds exhibit the paradoxical phenomenon of penis loss, despite all species requiring internal fertilisation? The Hoatzin's Story reveals unexpected oceanic rafting from Africa to South America: a stranger-than-fiction means of dispersal that is now thought to account for the presence of other South American vertebrates, including geckos and monkeys. The latest theories underpinning speciation are also explored. The Manakin's Story, for example, reveals how South America's extraordinarily rich avifauna has been shaped by past geological, oceanographic and climatic changes, while The Storm-Petrel's Story examines how species can evolve from an ancestral population despite inhabiting the same geographical area. The thorny issue of what constitutes a species is discussed in The Albatross's Story, while The Penguin's Story explores the effects of environment on phenotype ― in the case of the Emperor penguin, the harshest on the planet. Recent genomic advances have given scientists novel approaches to explore the distant past and have revealed many unexpected journeys, including the unique overland dispersal of an early suboscine from Asia to South America (The Sapayoa's Story) and the blackbird's ancestral sweepstake dispersals across the Atlantic (The Thrush's Story). Additional vignettes update more familiar concepts that encourage speciation: sexual selection (The Bird-of-Paradise's Story); extended phenotypes (The Bowerbird's Story); hybridisation (The Sparrow's Story); and 'great speciators' (The White-eye's Story). Finally, the book explores the raft of recent publications that help explain the evolution of cognitive skills (The Crow's Story); plumage colouration (The Starling's Story); and birdsong (The Finch's Story)
In 2001 Text Publishing released Tim Flannery and Peter Schouten's A Gap in Nature, a moving and beautiful account of the extinction of around 100 species since Columbus. It was also published in the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Korea and Taiwan, and enthralled readers around the world. Peter Schouten and Tim Flannery have collaborated again to create another gorgeous treasury of remarkable creatures. Astonishing Animalsreveals ninety-seven of the world's most amazing beasts-from the depths of the oceans to the loftiest mountain heights. These creatures exist at the 'outer limits of life's progress'. Here are sumptuous birds of paradise, amazing soft-shell turtles, terrifying fish, frogs that resemble tomatoes, chameleons and the most bizarre bats you could imagine. The text accompanying each species is full of interesting facts and stories, and covers extreme environments, specialised diets, bizarre reproduction and strange worlds.
In this magnificent display of ornithological beauty, readers are given the chance to marvel at the textures and colors of birds in stunning detail--and are rewarded with a new appreciation of art in nature. Deborah Samuel's photographs are meant to inspire and teach. In this book she turns her lens toward the bird, and her images are as surprising as they are exquisite. From nest to egg to feather, these images are an exercise in seeing and a showcase of what photography can reveal: the impossibly soft feathers of ospreys; the iridescence of a bird-of-paradise; the curved, needle-like beak of a common scimitarbill; and the psychedelic hues of the aptly named resplendent quetzal. Samuel also photographs the nests and eggs of birds, showing us examples of incredible artistry and simple, natural perfection. Accompanying these images are detailed scientific descriptions of Samuel's subjects, written by Mark Peck, an ornithological expert at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. An index detailing each species--its common and scientific names, size, habitats, and breeding practices--makes this more than a photography book, while the extraordinary images transform it into a sourcebook of colors, shapes, and designs.