Stray Feathers : Reflections on the Structure, Behaviour and Evolution of Birds
Stray Feathers showcases 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?
- Paperback | 288 pages
- 200 x 260 x 17.78mm | 884.51g
- 30 Sep 2011
- CSIRO Publishing
- Melbourne, Australia
"RECOMMENDATION: If you have an interest in the natural history of Australian birds, you'll want this book."--Ian Paulsen (09/01/2011) "Stray Feathers is an appropriate, yet accurately ambiguous title for this volume. Olsen and Joseph, both experienced writers and ornithologists, have produced a series of vignettes addressing a wide range of topics, all fouced on evolution of structure and behavior in Australian birds. The individual entries range from a few sentences in length to essays covering two pages, and nearly all are accompanied by beautifully executed black-and-white drawings. The entries are loosely combined into focused "chapters", the titles of which are generally explantaory... The result, snapshots of Australian bird life, is not meant specifically to be a reference volume. The writing is well done and the topics are very interesting. True bird lovers will like this book. Academic libraries with strong ornithological holdings will want a copy. Summing Up: Recommended."-- (06/01/2012)
About Penny Olsen
Penny Olsen is an Honorary Professor in the Division of Ecology and Evolution, Research School of Biology, The Australian National University. During her career as a research scientist she increasingly turned her hand to writing about Australian wildlife, its history, researchers and illustrators. She is the author of nearly 30 books and 120 research papers. Leo Joseph is the Director of the Australian National Wildlife Collection, CSIRO, Canberra. He has been involved in ornithology as an amateur and research scientist for some 35 years and has published widely in national and international scientific journals.