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

by Attenborough, David, 1926-

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Summary
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.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 must be birds from paradise.In this unique exploration of a truly awe-inspiring family of birds which to this day is still shrouded in mystery, David Attenborough and Errol Fuller trace the natural history of these enigmatic birds through their depiction in western works of art throughout the centuries, featuring beautiful illustrations by such luminary artists as Jacques Barraband, William Hart, John Gould, Rubens and Breughel, to name but a few. Experienced ornithologists and general nature and art enthusiasts alike will delight in this journey of discovery of the world's most beautiful and mysterious birds.
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.

Additional Information
Subjects Birds of paradise (Birds)
Birds of paradise (Birds) Pictorial works
Birds in art
Ornithologists
Ornithological illustration
Animal painters
Nature
Science
Nonfiction
Electronic books.
Publisher Glasgow :HarperCollins Publishers2012
2012
Contributors Fuller, Errol.
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Language English
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Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780007487622
0007487622
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