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Legendary naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace once observed, "The bird of paradise really deserves its name and must be ranked as one of the most beautiful and most wonderful of living things." In this dazzling photo essay, Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes explain why, presenting gorgeous full-color photographs of all 39 species of the Birds of Paradise that highlight their unique and extraordinary plumage and mating behavior.


The authors take you into the depths of the remote New Guinea rainforest to find each of these birds, some of which have never before been photographed. In pursuit, the authors pose answers to questions raised by eminent evolutionary biologists such as Ernst Mayr: "How can natural selection favor, one might almost say permit, the evolution of such conspicuously bizarre plumes and displays? How can it permit such 'absurd exaggerations', as one is almost tempted to call them? How can it happen that apparently closely related species and genera differ so drastically in their habits and colorations?"


Field notes, conservation success stories, and observations of native peoples' interactions with these magnificent birds provide a rich feast for birders, naturalists, and any one who is seduced by the power and majesty of the natural world.


  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • 150 color photographs, 2 maps
  • 12" x 9 7/8"
  • © 2012

Tim Laman, rain forest biologist affiliated with Harvard University, is one of the most accomplished wildlife photographers in the world.


Edwin Scholes, evolutionary biologist affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History and Cornell University, has studied the New Guinea birds for more than a decade and is the leading authority on their behavior and evolution.


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      5.0

      Wonderful! Help me remember the exhibit

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        A very special way to remember the exhibit we saw in DC. The colors of the birds are phenomenal and I am in awe of the photographer's patience and skill.

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        I got amazed with this book! :)

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        So impressing book, the picture was wonderful! I am in love with this book :)

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        5.0

        Outstanding photos and descriptions

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          This book fulfills my interest in birds, wonderful photos and descriptions

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          Incredibly beautiful and educational

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            I run a nature center and the book in on display for adults and shown to children.

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            beautiful book

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