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Stray feathers: reflections on the structure, behaviour and evolution of birds.Artist/Author: Olsen, Penny and Leo Joseph.
Details some of the remarkable adaptations of Australian birds. A brief introduction describes how evolution shapes form and function, followed by a series of vignettes illustrating the wondrous variety of forms and functions shaped by evolution. For example, did you know that Barn owls can hunt in absolute darkness and that cuckoos commence incubation before their egg is laid? Sections include anatomy and physiology; the senses; giving voice; tongues talking; plumage; getting around; finding and handling food; optimising foraging and feeding; reducing competition; using tools’; communicating; quality vs quantity; courtship; nests; parental care; chicks; and living together. The book is superbly illustrated with black and white drawings of a range of birds.
Speciation and geographic variation in Black-tailed Gnatcatchers.Artist/Author: Atwood, Jonathan L.
American Ornithologists’ Union Monograph number 42.
Phylogeny and classification of birds: a study in molecular evolution.Artist/Author: Sibley, Charles G. and Jon E. Ahlquist.
“This is by far the most important recent publication on avian classification A monumental work, superbly organized and presented.” D. W. Snow, Biologist.