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By Alexander F. Skutch, Dana Gardner

ISBN-10: 087745163X

ISBN-13: 9780877451631

Captivated whereas nonetheless younger by way of the beauty and great quantity of the tropics, Alexander Skutch, world-renowned ornithologist and writer of twelve books on tropical birds, resolved to commit his lifestyles to its learn and interpretation. For good over part a century, he has painstakingly saw the creatures that encompass him, fairly the birds, and he has proposal lengthy and deeply - might be greater than such a lot naturalists - in regards to the importance of this ample lifestyles. during this reflective account of lifestyles within the tropics, Skutch bargains readers either his observations and his interpretations of what he has skilled. He brings a considerate, unequaled voice to the outline of the realm he has grown to grasp and comprehend, a global thought of forbidding via so much northerners and nonetheless principally unexplored.

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