TIM LAMAN is a field biologist and wildlife photojournalist affiliated with the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. A fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, he has photographed 20 articles for National Geographic magazine. EDWIN SCHOLES, an ornithologist and biodiversity video curator at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, has studied the birds of paradise for more than a decade and is a leading authority on their behavior and evolution.
"No group of birds in the world is more beautiful and more
intriguing to science than the birds of paradise. Surprisingly, no
book showing them displaying in the wild has been done before. But
to gain such perspectives and develop such a wonderful collection
of pictures has taken years. The result is truly breathtaking."
--Sir David Attenborough, filmmaker and creator of Life on Earth
"You'll initially find it hard to believe that these
pictures are real--but they are. These are the most beautiful
photographs of the world's most beautiful birds. The birds'
behavior, richly described in the text, is as remarkable as their
appearance. This is a book like no other book."
--Jared Diamond, ornithologist and author of Guns, Germs, and Steel
"The resulting extremes of color, form and behavior are beautifully documented in Schole's new book, co-authored with photographer Tim Laman." -Sciencefriday.com "The exhibit "Birds of Paradise" at the National Geographic museum in Washington, along with a book by Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes, offers research, photographs and video of the 39 species of the bird..." -The Wall Street Journal