Birds of Paradise is destined to be the first-ever popular book to reveal the most exotic birds on earth. Photographer and National Geographic grantee Tim Laman and co-author Edwin Scholes (ornithologist/leading authority) traveled to the most remote parts of the New Guinea wilderness - the only place these birds occur - to photograph and study their "secret" lives. The authors' documentation of the appearance, displays, and behaviors of these 39 species of birds has taken years of dedicated fieldwork. This high quality, large-format photography book will inform and enthrall the book-buying public with images of astonishing beauty, solid yet approachable natural history, and a National Geographic message of conservation. With universal appeal and a huge cross-platform presence similar to the blockbusters Polar Obsession and March of the Penguins, this brilliant, one-of-a-kind photography book will also have a strong presence in spcial and international sales.
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.