The Unfeathered Bird - a review - The Urban Birder
The Unfeathered Bird is a landmark piece that successfully bridges art, science and history, in a beautiful and accessible package that will no doubt be treasured by anyone whose path it crosses. For this reason, if no other, it is intriguing. The second is that it is elegantly produced and imaginatively designed with hundreds of illustrations enlivened by a rich and detailed text. I've recommended The Unfeathered Bird to ornithology profs but would equally recommend it to birders and other natural history addicts interested in a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between form and function--or even just those smitten by the beauty of all nature, particularly that which we don't get to see every day.
As reviewer of this unusual book, I promise that each reader will never look at any bird the same way again. You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.
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Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Suitable for those who appreciates birds or bird art, this book features: over drawings, artistically arranged in a sumptuous large-format book; accessible, jargon-free text - the only book on bird anatomy aimed at the general reader; drawings and text all based on actual bird specimens; and includes an anatomically distinct bird groups. Read more Reviews Editorial reviews. User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers.
Be the first. Without feathers you have a better idea of how the bird is made. Roasted and eaten, the bones that remain tell the rest of the story a story more easily read if you reassemble the bird. In her amazing book "The Unfeathered Bird" artist and writer Katrina van Grouw has with great skill disassembled birds for us, and then reassembled them. Her drawings of dozens of species chosen from six orders and families show us birds from the inside out. It is a very different and informative perspective. Second largest bird in the world, this fruit-eater looks more reptilian than avian.
Its feet are those of a dinosaur. Then comes the trunk of a Common Moorhen, skinned, an egg-shaped mass. Cover the caption and it's hard to know just what this is. Clear text answers the questions.
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Here is the breastbone of a Mallard, then its vertebral column and pelvis, long and snake-like. Here is the head of a Woodpigeon, head with skin removed, skull, tongue, a cross-section of its eyeball. Then more skulls, feet, legs, wings and tails presented in large, simple drawings, the beautiful sketches she worked for 25 years to produce.
Fortunately, she found a home for the project, Princeton University Press. Princeton has put Ms. This makes turning each page an adventure. Particularly welcome is the large size with which many images are so boldly presented. Full skeletons, bones finely drawn are shaded to create three-dimensional images.
Some appear unbird-like. This is not how we see these animals. Put flesh on them, draw individual muscles, and the need for feathers to complete the picture remains. Feathers are what we know, bones and flesh the entire story revealed. Storks and herons have similar basic shapes -- long legs, long neck, long bills. However, for three years at Durham in the s, my undergraduate studies in zoology included a weekly dissection. My final examination included the dissection of the wing musculature of a pigeon.
How I wish that I had had this book alongside me during that traumatic two hours! Email address:. BB Ltd, the company that owns and publishes British Birds, is run by a board of directors, all of whom are volunteers. Neither the company directors nor the trustees are paid for their services, providing their time and enthusiasm because they passionately believe in the value of BB.
The Company is managed with a view to making a small profit which can be donated to the Trust to help fund its charitable work.
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