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Why is a cardinal red or a bluebird blue? Why do some birds have plumage that is intensely colored—is it pigment, light, gender, robust health, or some combination of all four? What roles do disease, climate, and wear and tear play in this process? What does feather display signal about sexual attraction and social status? How has color camouflage evolved?

These are just a few of the fascinating questions explored here in the first non-academic work on coloration and plumage, and their key role in avian life. More than 200 gorgeous photographs highlight the explanations of the essentials: what color is, ornithologically speaking; how it is produced and measured; how birds use color to attract mates and deter competitors; how birds perceive color; and how coloration varies across species by sex, season, and age.

Geoff Hill guides his readers along an engaging but authoritative narrative illustrated with vivid photographs and fact-packed captions. A book conceived in the same spirit as National Geographics more traditional bird guides, its sure to appeal to serious ornithologists, recreational bird watchers, and natural history buffs alike.

Book News Annotation:

In this lively popular account, ornithologist Hill (Biology, Auburn University) untangles the mysteries of bird plumage and coloration. The first book on the subject to be written for a non-academic audience, it examines the key role of coloration in avian life, explaining what color is; how it is produced and measured; how birds use color to attract mates and deter competitors; how birds perceive color; and how coloration varies across species by sex, season, and age. Although aimed at birders and natural history buffs, this authoritative book has much to offer to serious ornithologists as well. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Why is a cardinal red and a bluebird blue? How has color camouflage evolved? These are just a few of the fascinating questions explored in this work on coloration and plumage, and their key role in avian life. 200 full-color photos.

About the Author

Geoffrey E. Hill is a noted ornithologist, seeker of the elusive Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and author of two books: A Red Bird in a Brown Bag and Ivorybill Hunters. He served as the consultant for the forthcoming National Geographic feature film The Lord God Bird.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781426205712
Author:
Hill, Geoffrey E
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Author:
Hill, Geoffrey E.
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Birds -- Color.
Subject:
Birdwatching Guides
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
200 COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
10.02x7.40x1.00 in. 2.07 lbs.

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