National Geographic : 1964 Oct
From hummingbirds to sparrows, Song and Gar den Birds presents 327 species and contains 509 color engravings from photographs and original paintings. The 400-page book took more than three years to produce. learn the story of its life. Song and Garden Birds does this for no fewer than 327 species -all the songbirds you are likely to encoun ter in North America north of Mexico. (Water, game, and predatory birds will be presented in a later volume.) Thirty chapters in Song and Garden Birds delineate these several hundred species by family groupings. A typical chapter contains an introduction to the family, plus a detailed biography and color illustration of each bird member, and of both male and female if they differ importantly in appearance. For quick reference, a capsule paragraph at the end of each biography spells out the bird's range and characteristics. Ornithologist Alexander Wetmore, a Trus tee of your Society and former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, served as our chief consultant, rechecking every page of text and scrutinizing every illustration for absolute fi delity of color and setting. For the major families of birds, he and Book Service Editor Merle Severy asked em inent ornithologists to write graphic first person accounts and to check the individual biographies to ensure complete accuracy. Dr. George H. Lowery, Jr., relates his experiences with woodpeckers, including the rare ivory bill. E. Thomas Gilliard tells of his discov eries among the sweet-singing thrushes. Dr. 555 Insistence on color accuracy led to exhaustive comparisons of museum specimens with proofs of the book's illustrations. For one picture alone, as many as half a dozen successive proofs were pa tiently corrected, including such details as eye, beak, and foot coloring. Here the dean of American or nithologists, Dr. Alexander Wetmore, points out subtle color differences in the pileated woodpecker to Anne D. Kobor, picture researcher for the Na tional Geographic Book Service. Skins of meadow larks, blue jays, and cardinals await comparison. KODACHROME(BELOW) BY DAVID S. BOYER () N.G.S .