National Geographic : 1963 Jan
Oxygen mask disguises an expedition member training on Mount Rainier, Wash ington, to meet rarefied Himalayan air. Rubber bladder fills with oxygen. Forbidding Himalayan peaks close craggy ranks against intruders. In the center soars Everest, at 29,028 feet the world's loftiest mountain. Lhotse (27,923) and Nuptse interesting reading-tales of vanishing birds of paradise in New Guinea (preceding page), a totally new species of honey creeper in the Amazon Valley, the strange courtship practices of British Guiana's cock-of-the-rock. My mail discloses strange facts about pink fla mingos in the Bahamas, the rare and beautiful scar let ibis of Venezuela, a new species of thicket war bler in New Britain, the monkey-eating crowned hawk eagle of South Africa. Among the most curi ous is the raucous, pheasant-sized hoatzin, a bird that climbs better than it flies. Indigenous to lonely upriver shores in British Guiana, it has claws on its wings, and long, curling eyelashes. Studies of butterflies flitting through the rain for ests of Trinidad, of the world's biggest ants and giant beetles crawling about the jungles of north ern Brazil-these and many other projects have given the world new knowledge of the way insects live, mate, and outwit or battle their enemies.