Birds-of-Paradise Evolved in Lost Worlds

For the first time, all 39 known birds of paradise are documented in a single volume that reveals the beauty and unusual behavior of these unique birds, which evolved in remote and rugged parts of New Guinea, the Maluku Islands and eastern Australia.

Co-author Edwin Scholes, an ornithologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, told Discovery News, “The birds-of-paradise represent one of the most incredible examples of biodiversity on our planet and yet few people have ever heard about them or seen them because they are only found in the remote and difficult-to-reach forests of New Guinea and a few nearby areas.”

“Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World’s Most Extraordinary Birds” (National Geographic Books) was co-authored with photographer Tim Laman and comes out later this month.

source : http://news.discovery.com/animals/birds-of-paradise-photos-121005.html





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