Drawn from Paradise: The Natural History, Art and Discovery of the Birds of Paradise
by David Attenborough and Errol Fuller
Harper Design, 2012 (($45))

British broadcaster Attenborough has narrated some of the most spectacular footage ever captured of the elaborate mating dances of birds of paradise. In this coffee-table book, he and Fuller describe how these ornate birds from New Guinea first came to the attention of Europeans in the early 16th century and how Westerners have studied and depicted them since that time.

COMMENT AT ScientificAmerican.com/jan2013