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April New Science Book Feature

National Geographic Bird Coloration by Geoffrey E. Hill has gorgeous pictures and lively explanations that captivate beginners as well as serious twitchers. Author and noted ornithologist Geoff Hill takes readers on an informative visual and narrative tour. Seventeen short chapters with engaging narrative and lots of photos with information-packed captions illustrate the mechanisms by which birds produce the characteristic and sometimes brilliant coloration of their feathers and other body parts. It looks at the function of ornamental coloration and at how birds' signaling attracts mates and deters competitors. It gives answers to common questions such as why a male peacock makes its stunning tail displays and why a juvenile Roseate Spoonbill has coloration different from either parent.

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.
 
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Links
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds is created by the staff of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It is their aim to make this site the Web’s best and most comprehensive resource for North American birds, bird watching, and bird conservation—accessible to everyone for free.
  • National Geographic: Birds is a source of information about backyard birding, bird identification, and has a large database of bird photos.
  • Missouri Department of Conservation: Birds is a Website that contains information about birds that are residents in Missouri. 
     

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