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Beautiful Birds - The Splash of Colors!!!
Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties,
with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.
~ Izaak Walton
For more than a decade, a Cornell ornithologist has been studying birds of paradise, a family of 39 species native to New Guinea, surrounding islands and Australia whose name is well known but whose biology and behaviors are largely a mystery.
Scholes and Laman have been collaborating since 2003 to study, film and photograph the birds. Their photography and science book, "Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World's Most Extraordinary Birds," will be released Oct. 23.