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Fine Feathered Friends


Birds of a feather: The exotic avian residents of Papua New Guinea are the subjects of Birds of Paradise, a coffee-table book from the National Geographic Society and the Lab of Ornithology. Published in October, it features dozens of images by frequent National Geographic photographer Tim Laman and text by Cornell ornithologist Edwin Scholes. The thirty-nine species covered include (top to bottom) the paradise riflebird, the red bird-of-paradise, the king bird-of-paradise, and the greater bird-of-paradise.the paradise riflebird in mating display

the red bird-of-paradise

the king bird-of-paradise

The greater bird-of-paradise