A Most Remarkable Creature

A Most Remarkable Creature

The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World's Smartest Birds of Prey

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"In 1833, Charles Darwin was astonished by an animal he met in the Falkland Islands: handsome, social, and oddly crow-like falcons that were 'tame and inquisitive, quarrelsome and passionate,' and so insatiably curious that they stole hats, compasses, and other valuables from the crew of the Beagle. Darwin wondered why these birds were confined to remote islands at the tip of South America, sensing a larger story, but he set this mystery aside and never returned to it. Almost two hundred years later, Jonathan Meiburg ... takes us through South America, from the fog-bound coasts of Tierra del Fuego to the tropical forests of Guyana, in search of these birds: striated caracaras, which still exist, though they're very rare"--Publisher marketing.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2021.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101875704
Characteristics: x, 366 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm


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Meiburg's delightful and informative narrative will please lovers of natural history, especially fans of all things avian. Opening with Darwin's encounter with the curious caracara of the Falkland Islands during his voyage on the Beagle, Meiburg is similarly intrigued by this unfamiliar bird of p... Read More »

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