The Indian Subcontinent, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Arabian Peninsula, SE Asia, North America, South America, the poles and everywhere else… In the forests, oceans, wetlands, lakes, grasslands, rivers, mountains, coastlines and all places in between… Those first birds that descended from dinosaurs were to pioneer vertebrate flight and conquer the abundant insect protein and...
The Indian Subcontinent, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Arabian Peninsula, SE Asia, North America, South America, the poles and everywhere else… In the forests, oceans, wetlands, lakes, grasslands, rivers, mountains, coastlines and all places in between… Those first birds that descended from dinosaurs were to pioneer vertebrate flight and conquer the abundant insect protein and safety in the skies. With this new found security birds started announcing themselves to each other every morning and every evening to maintain feeding and breeding territories that share out the various niches and available habitat. With reduced predation risk and the growing necessity to attract breeding females in competition with other males kicked off a burst of creativity that has lasted millions of years and resulted in over 10,000 unique species with a myriad of designs, colors, shapes, sizes, forms, functions, lengths and breadths. Some designs like the tail feathers of the mail African paradise flycatcher remain impractical, but do get the ladies interested. An abundance of beautiful feathers, crests, tails, breasts, culverts, wattles, eye stripes, and crowns created for the female of the species.
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Meet the Author
Steve Boyes has dedicated his life to conserving Africa's wilderness areas and the species that depend upon them. After having worked as a camp manager and wilderness guide in the Okavango Delta and doing his PhD field work on the little-known Meyer's Parrot, Steve took up a position as a Centre of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. He has since been appointed the Scientific Director of the Wild Bird Trust and is a 2014 TED Fellow. His work takes him all over Africa, but his day-to-day activities are committed to South Africa's endemic and Critically Endangered Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus). Based in Hogsback Village in the Eastern Cape (South Africa), Steve runs the Cape Parrot Project, which aims to stimulate positive change for the species through high-quality research and community-based conservation action. When not in Hogsback, Steve can be found in the Okavango Delta where he explores remote areas of this wetland wilderness on "mokoros" or dug-out canoes to study endangered bird species in areas that are otherwise inaccessible. Steve is a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work in the Okavango Delta and on the Cape Parrot Project.