Chris Earley Weird Birds

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Weird Birds

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Praise for Weird Insects:

"A gallery of brilliantly clear, color photos gives intimate, close-up looks at just 59 of the millions of insects crawling, flying, scurrying, and burrowing on our planet, but Worek's choices open up a visual treasure house of the class Insecta. From metallic armored beetles to lacy-winged flies to spiny caterpillars, the pictures glow on the crisp white pages... This is not a book for in-depth research, but for the curious of mind and those with an understanding of biological diversity and evolutionary differentiation, it's a visual feast and -- oh my -- those pictures!"
-- School Library Journal

Some birds look bizarre. Some behave that way. In almost all cases, their appearance has an important function -- in evolution or every day. This colorful book exposes more than 50 strange birds, preening, stretching, and showing their strange bodily adaptations.

Weird Birds features:

  • Beautiful photographs that show the birds in sharp, clear detail
  • Informative captions that provide fascinating details about the lives of these intriguing creatures.

Available in hardcover and paperback, the book will appeal to middle school students exploring topic ideas, younger students interested in wildlife and advanced readers who enjoy picture books.

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About the Author:

Chris Earley is the interpretive biologist at the University of Guelph Arboretum. His kids' books that encourage youngsters to "find and identify your own" have been very popular. They include Caterpillars and Dragonflies.

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INTRODUCTION

When most people first think of birds, they think of pigeons or sparrows or maybe the pretty cardinal at their backyard bird feeder. But when you start to tally the many different kinds of birds you know, you realize how diverse and amazing these vertebrates are. From massive flightless ostriches to tiny whirring hummingbirds, birds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. And the size range is impressive: it would take 67,650 bee hummingbirds, often regarded as the world's smallest bird, to reach the weight of the world's heaviest bird, the ostrich.

Birds are the only modern creatures to possess feathers. Feathers grow from follicles in the skin (like mammalian hairs do) and they are made up of keratin, which is also found in claws and scales. It is likely that feathers evolved from reptilian scales. Feathers are what allow birds to fly, along with other adaptations such as being light (hollow bones, no teeth, smaller or loss of organs) and powerful (strong breast muscles). Feathers also help birds stay warm and waterproof. But their function in visual communication is something that really makes birdlife so spectacular.

Feathers come in an incredible variety of colors and shapes for the purpose of attracting a mate, but this attracts our attention as well. The massive tail of a peacock, the rainbow colors of a parrot or the fine plumes of an egret have been impressing people for thousands of years.

But it is not just feathers that make birds strange to us. The different shapes of birds make them an especially diverse group of animals. Pondering beaks alone, there are the dagger-like beaks of herons, the curved beaks of ibises and the hooked beaks of owls and hawks. Other beaks are shaped as chisels, spoons, probes, tweezers, sieves and pouches. Legs and feet are almost as variable. Long legs of storks, webbed feet of ducks, skinny toes of jacanas and weapon-like claws of raptors help birds find and secure food. The plethora of beaks and leg shapes are just a few of the adaptations that help birds survive in habitats all over the planet.

With over 10,000 species, birds are sure to impress anyone who stops to take a closer look.

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