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Birdwatchers visiting forested areas of Africa invariably are captivated by brilliantly-coloured turacos, which hop and jump about in the treetops. Likewise in open woodlands, the less colourful, though starkly bold and inquisitive go-away birds and plantain-eaters instantly attract attention with their loud, distinctive cries. Encounters with these charismatic birds in the wild prompted Joe Forshaw and William Cooper to produce this book so that readers may share an appreciation of the special appeal of one of the most distinctive of all bird families.
Some species are well established in aviculture, and much of what is known of their habits comes from studies of captive birds. In marked contrast is the lack of studies of wild populations, and only recently have researchers commenced field investigations in an attempt to resolve longstanding uncertainties.
Pigeons, parrots and gamebirds are among groups considered to be allies of turacos, but a linkage with cuckoos generally has been advocated. However, biochemical analyses have questioned this long-held association, and turacos now are included in a single family within a separate order -- Musophagiformes. Distinctiveness of this family is manifested in certain plumage features, the most notable of which is the presence of two complex copper pigments not known to occur in any other living animal!
We are gaining a better understanding of these fascinating birds, but much remains to be learned. Published information on all species, together with personal field observations and unpublished accounts from fieldworkers are brought together in this fine publication, and in his Foreword, Hilary Fry points out that publication is most timely for comprehensively reviewing what is known about the species.
Again, the Forshaw and Cooper partnership heralds another landmark publication, combining science, art and conservation.
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Book Description Nokomis Editions, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Foreword by Hillary FRY, a chapter on Turacos in aviculture by Robert BERRY and William TODD. Combines a new technical text by Forshaw with paintings from Cooper's A Portfolio of All Species (which was published in 1997) plus three new paintings by William COOPER. The first true monograph on this spectacular group since 1860. 26 color plates, b&w illustrations. 224 pp. Quarto. Oversize-extra postage may be requested. Seller Inventory # 12228
Book Description Melbourne, Australia: Nokomis, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110958174202
Book Description Melbourne, Australia: Nokomis Editions, 2002. First edition., 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0958174202