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Extinct Birds

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  25 ratings  ·  4 reviews
We learn from an early age that nothing is quite so dead as a dodo. We've heard stories of flocks of passenger pigeons once darkening the skies over North America, only to be reduced to a single bird, Martha, who perished in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1914. Errol Fuller's illustrated Extinct Birds provides details of the natural history and fates of more than 80 species of birds ...more
Published April 12th 2001 by Comstock Publishing (first published March 1988)
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Elegiac. Moving. Maddening. Fuller's litany of lost birds is almost unbearable to read all the way through. The images alone (well chosen paintings, drawings, and photos) leave you reeling. The low-key yet often poetic verbal depictions of the birds and the reasons for their extinction--human depredation of one sort or another, usually--simultaneously convey the glory of biodiversity and the similarly boundless scope of human rapacity.
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Apr 08, 2008 Tanyadee Reyes rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: other people who like moas
I don't know why I developed an interest in moas, but I did. Maybe it was that strange Nickelodeon cartoon in the 80's where all the little koalas get sucked up in a space ship in the last episode. Who knows?
I found this book to be highly informative. The writing was fine, and the illustrations were wonderful.
Meh. A Gap in Nature was better. It was crazy to read about the Takahe, once thought to be extinct, because I fucking saw one when I was in New Zealand!
An informative, though depressing book with gorgeous illustrations by artists who in many cases observed living specimens.
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