The Bird Class

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From emperor penguins nesting in the frozen reaches of Antartica to peregrine falcons that have made themselves at home among urban skyscrapers, birds are amazingly adaptable. The Bird Class surveys the many orders and families of living birds and traces the origins of these winged, feathered marvels. Bird biology, life cycles, behavior, and habitats are also explored. The Bird Class sounds a warning about the threats that many of the world's ten thousand bird species now face, and describes some of the actions ...
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From emperor penguins nesting in the frozen reaches of Antartica to peregrine falcons that have made themselves at home among urban skyscrapers, birds are amazingly adaptable. The Bird Class surveys the many orders and families of living birds and traces the origins of these winged, feathered marvels. Bird biology, life cycles, behavior, and habitats are also explored. The Bird Class sounds a warning about the threats that many of the world's ten thousand bird species now face, and describes some of the actions being taken to protect them.
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These delightful ôFamily Treesö series books focus on a single group to develop concepts of taxonomy (classification). Skillful weaving of engaging text and superb illustrations will incite interest in a topic that is frequently dreaded by both teacher and student. The history and significance of taxonomy is presented in an introductory chapter in each volume. Subsequent chapters explain and illustrate characteristics, groupings, the fossil record, and evolutionary relationships within the bird class or classes of fish. DNA studies have revealed evolutionary relationships and adjustments in classifications. Jaws are significant in the grouping of fish. Distinctive physical features of birds enable flight. Concluding chapters present examples of modern problems for survival. Both books give a foundation for understanding relationships and classification of living organisms in a palatable manner, even for younger readers. A chart presents the family tree for birds, showing the different orders with examples of birds in each order, whereas fish require a different tree to illustrate the current groupings. Carefully selected colorful illustrations with informative notes encourage browsing for the casual reader who may skip much of the text. These are must-haves for any library serving youth. Teachers need to be aware of these remarkable resources, which join other titles on marsupials, insects, and primates among other classifications. Reviewer: Marilyn Brien
Children's Literature - Rachel Hill
Birds are a widespread and diverse group of animals. It is largely agreed by the scientific community that they are distant descendants of dinosaurs. Fossils have been found that link these two groups of animals. Two of these fossils are Archaeoptryx, which shows a transition phase between dinosaurs and birds, and Mei long, a sleeping dinosaur. The curled up sleeping position of Mei long suggests that some bird behavior may have originated with their dinosaur relatives. Living birds have diverse and fascinating behaviors. Every year the arctic tern migrates as much as 22,000 miles. Male bowerbirds decorate their nests with colorful objects, usually following a color scheme. The females will examine many nests before choosing a mate. The Bird Class discusses many aspects of this group of mammals. It includes information about animal classification, life history strategies and photos and descriptions of species. It is a well-organized and well-presented book, appropriate for science classes and readers beginning with late elementary school. Topics are divided by chapters and headings and accented by vivid photographs. Large font, photographs and page breaks such as section headings and special boxed topics add variety to the pages and allow for a visually stimulating reading experience. This book is appropriate for young readers. It is filled with information that is accurate and interesting while still being simple and basic enough for young students to understand and appreciate. It would be useful as a resource for student research papers or just as extra reading material for motivated and interested readers. Reviewer: Rachel Hill
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761426936
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Family Trees Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.74 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Classifying Life     7
Animal Kingdom Family Tree     16
Avian Origins     19
The Orders of Modern Birds     33
Biology and Behavior     59
People and Birds     75
Glossary     84
Bird Family Tree     86
Find Out More     88
Bibliography     91
Index     93
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