The Unfeathered Bird
by Katrina van Grouw
A richly illustrated book on bird anatomy depicting 200 species. Each drawing made from an actual specimen, the birds are shown in lifelike positions and engaged in behaviour typical of the species, such as an underwater view of the skeleton of a swimming loon, the musculature of a porpoising penguin and an unfeathered sparrow hawk plucking its prey.
Jargon free, the lively text relates birds' anatomy to their lifestyle and evolution, examining such questions as why penguins are bigger than auks, whether harrier hawks really have double jointed legs and the difference between wing claws and wing spurs.
- ISBN: 9780691151342
- Author(s): Katrina van Grouw
- Stock Code: 1151342
- Format: Hardback
- Illustrations: Black & white illustrations
- Pages: 304
- Published: 2012
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A celebration of the outstanding work produced by the artists of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society. Chelsea Physic Garden was founded by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in 1673 as a resource providing plant material for the training of apothecaries. For most of its existence, the Garden has been a focus for botanists, taxonomists, students and horticulturists both for employing their skills and in training the next generation.
Botanical Illustration from Chelsea Physic Garden includes selected works from the garden's archive, which now totals about 500 works. The seventy-eight illustrations reproduced include one in pen-and-ink and three in graphite ( lead pencil), all examples of work by masters of their technique. Also included is one work in coloured pencil which is, even on close inspection, indistinguishable from the best water-colour painting. The plates are accompanied by notes about the uses of the plants, as well as the botanical name of the plant and its family.
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Ideal for birders of all levels. Its unique layout, comparing the plumages of similar pairs and groups of species, makes it perfect for identifying the more difficult birds found in Britain and other parts of north-west Europe, also includes images showing how to age birds.
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Collins Bird Guide has already become established as the most essential reference to British and European bird identification. This new edition has been fully revised, the main accounts contain 41 new species and many subspecies receive new or more extensive coverage, some 60 plates redesigned or repainted and all the maps revised. Colour illustrations, 448pp. 2nd edition 2010