Extreme Birds: The World's Most Extraordinary and Bizarre Birds

Extreme Birds The World s Most Extraordinary and Bizarre Birds A photographic showcase of birds at the extremes of nature Extreme Birds reveals nature s ingenuity and sometimes its sense of humor The species showcased in this book are chosen for their extraor

  • Title: Extreme Birds: The World's Most Extraordinary and Bizarre Birds
  • Author: Dominic Couzens
  • ISBN: 9781554074235
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A photographic showcase of 150 birds at the extremes of nature.Extreme Birds reveals nature s ingenuity and sometimes its sense of humor The species showcased in this book are chosen for their extraordinary characteristics and for behaviors far beyond the typical They are the biggest, the fastest, the meanest, the smartest They build the most intricate nests, they haveA photographic showcase of 150 birds at the extremes of nature.Extreme Birds reveals nature s ingenuity and sometimes its sense of humor The species showcased in this book are chosen for their extraordinary characteristics and for behaviors far beyond the typical They are the biggest, the fastest, the meanest, the smartest They build the most intricate nests, they have the most peculiar mating rituals, and they dive the deepest or fly the highest These are the overachievers of the avian world.Some examples Most skilled nest builder The tiny southern masked weaver reveals a surprising grasp of the principles of architecture In just five days it weaves and knots thousands of fine grass strands to build a complex sphere like nest that hangs from the tip of an overhead branch.Deadliest enemy The southern cassowary is big 140 pounds , tall 6 feet and fast 30 mph This flightless bird can also leap 5 feet into the air and has 5 inch long claws that are capable of stabbing and disemboweling a human being.Most creative decorator The blue bower bird creates an elaborate bachelor pad bower and decorates it with colorful baubles, blue preferred and the shinier the better Enlivened with entertaining facts and anecdotes, Extreme Birds is an engaging celebration of nature s enormous imagination and will appeal to all readers, especially birders and naturalists.

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    2 thoughts on “Extreme Birds: The World's Most Extraordinary and Bizarre Birds

    1. I have been a British based freelance writer and birdwatching field trip leader since 1988 Dominic lives in the UK from birdwords

    2. Oh my gosh, this is a gorgeous book. Just beautiful in every way--the photos, the fonts, the design, the colours of the pages--and so entertainingly written! It's a book-lover's book, one that makes you realize something is lost online, and that books still have unique value amidst all the nature videos on offer today. You want this in your hands. It's really exceptional. I just loved it. There were some familiar facts, and much completely new to me. It captured the awe-inspiring diversity of na [...]

    3. And The Winner Is------This extraordinary picture book is like an oversized Field Guide to strange and unusual birds. It's also a testament to the power and creativity of Natural and Sexual Selection. Science tells us that birds may have evolved from dinosaurs and the cold, malevolent, stare of the Shoebill hints that this could be the case. Couzens starts out the book with a brief introduction followed by a series of stunning photo's under four different headings: Extreme Form, Ability, Behavio [...]

    4. Dominic Couzens has compiled a sort of Guinness Book of Bird Records with this offering. It includes all sorts of records set by birds in a lot of categories you would not have guessed. There is, for instance, the smelliest bird, the crested auklet, which smells like tangerines (from the caption, you’d think he’d have picked something truly offensive). There’s also the most poisonous bird, which is aptly named the hooded pitohui. There are also categories for “snuggest underwear,” “u [...]

    5. Holy heck! Who knew birds were so interesting and diverse? I mean, yes, lots of colors, some in the tundra, some in trees, some in water, big feathers, little bills, twit twit, caw caw. But birds with neurotoxins on their feathers? Or ones that create and use tools? How about birds that perform dances cross-species to help one species mate? Here are birds that kick their prey to deathcluding humans! Some birds spend their entire lives building intricate nests, replete with pebbled walkways up to [...]

    6. Birds are amazing ~ and this book highlights SO many peculiarities among different species! You'll never look to the sky quite the same way againThe photos are stunning, and the stories are informative; sometimes touching, but often hilarious. I can't help but marvel not only at the critters themselves, but also at the humans who must have observed them closely enough to discover their secrets! I shall continue to read any Dominic Couzens book I can get my beak ~ uh, "hands" on. (He is also the [...]

    7. Excellent photos and filled with fun facts!1. An ostrich's eye measures 2 inches in diameter and is 5x larger than a human eye. (It is also the largest eye of any land mammal and is comparable to the body size of the smallest hummingbird. Astonishing!)2. The bee hummingbird's nest is 3/4 inch in diameter as well as depth.3. The southern cassowary has stabbed and disemboweled humans. Since 1990 there have been six serious attacks on humans, one in which a zookeeper was killed.4. Africa's marabou [...]

    8. The photographs in this book are very beautiful and I enjoyed the accompanying information about the bird and what makes it special. I learned a lot, actually. The book is large and somewhat cumbersome, so it is better to read in the daytime on the lap than at night in bed whilst laying on your side. It is also deceptively long. You'd think that with as short as the entries are it would be a breeze. Nope, it took longer than I had anticipated. Check out online the call of the three-wattled bellb [...]

    9. Fun book full of large pictures of birds and fun facts about them. Not as many weird attributes as I was hoping for, and sometimes the bird photos didn't fully satisfy me (I want a photo of the attribute and a clear shot of the bird as well). Also, I think it would have benefitted from maps on each page with the bird's geographic regions marked (you know, like in the bird books). But I'm a map person. Sometimes (ok, often) the text got into either cheesey humor or boring content, so I don't thin [...]

    10. This book was easy to flip through and had some great photos and information. It was fun, like I expected it to be. However, it suffers from "the cover photo is by far the best of the book" syndrome, as well as "shocking is the new entertaining" syndrome. You see, I wasn't expecting to read about which bird has the largest penis or which birds have the longest copulation. Um, why can't we stick to plumage, sounds, flight and brains for heavens sake? I think I just dated myself.

    11. This book is amazing if you like birds! It has many different facts about types of birds and even their anatomy. What I really like about this book is that it is not just limited to the birds of north america it has birds from all around the world in it! If you are interested in ornithology or just plain like birds read this book!

    12. The text is really good. It's like an encyclopedia of very specific bird behaviors. Fun to read with my 9-year-old, who wants to know, what is the fastest bird? What bird dives the deepest? Which bird eats the most, do owls eat cats, etc.

    13. Even if you aren't a birder, this is a fun and informative and at times astonishing book. Jerry got it for me at the library (its BIG and expensive). Longest courtship, fastest eater, loudest voice, loudest drumming, most promiscuous, etc. gorgeous photos as well.

    14. Another picture book I couldn't help from grabbing - really fun to read about those crazy birds - and some wonderful photographs!

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