The idea behind the book is very unique. The authors held an international photo contest for the rarest birds in the world with the winning images being featured in the book. In addition to the winners, 800 other images are shown. If an image could not be obtained for some of the birds are that rare or maybe even extinct, an artist created beautifully done illustrations.
This book is absolutely fascinating from start to finish. The introductory chapter contains a wealth of information about many aspects of these rare birds and manages to do it in an extremely interesting and visually pleasing way. The page shown in the first image below is a great example of the type of information that you will find in the introduction.
The main body of the book is broken down by continent. Each section has a short introduction with fantastic information. The Hawai'i and Polynesia & Micronesia pages below are examples of one of the features included in each section, "Threatened Bird Hotspot". These features highlight some of the most important spots for conserving the world's rarest birds. After having experienced Hawai'i first hand in February, I can tell you that these sections really highlight the critical issues!
|Critically Endangered Category - 1ST PRIZE White-bellied Cinclodes (Copyright Dubi Shapiro)|
This book is a reminder of all of the beautiful species that are in serious danger of going extinct and will hopefully lead people to develop a strong desire to prevent this from happening. It's incredibly well laid out and really brings each species to life. This book is a must have for all bird lovers!
Title: The World's Rarest Birds
Authors: Erik Hirschfeld, Andy Swash, & Robert Still
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: April 3, 2013
Official Website: http://www.theworldsrarestbirds.com/
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