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The Resource The rarest bird in the world : the search for the Nechisar nightjar, Vernon R. L. Head

The rarest bird in the world : the search for the Nechisar nightjar, Vernon R. L. Head

Label
The rarest bird in the world : the search for the Nechisar nightjar
Title
The rarest bird in the world
Title remainder
the search for the Nechisar nightjar
Statement of responsibility
Vernon R. L. Head
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1990, a group of Cambridge scientists arrived at the Plains of Nechisar in Ethiopia. On that expedition, they collected more than two dozen specimens and saw more than three hundred species of birds plus a plethora of rare butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles, mammals, and plants. As they were gathering up their findings, a wing of an unidentified bird was packed into a brown paper bag. It was to become the most famous wing in the world. This wing would set the world of science aflutter. Experts were mystified. The wing was entirely unique. It was like nothing they had ever seem before. Could a new species be declared based simply on a wing? After much discussion, a new species was announced: Nechisar Nightjar, or Camprimulgus solala, which means "only wing." And so birdwatchers like Vernon Head began to dream. Twenty-two years later, he joins an expedition of four to spot the "rarest bird in the world." In this gem of nature writing, Head captivates and enchants as he recounts the searches by spotlight through the Ethiopian plains, allowing the reader to mediate on nature, exploration, our need for wild places, and the human compulsion to name things. The Rarest Bird in the World is a celebration of a certain way of seeing the world, and will bring out the explorer in everyone who reads it."--Dust jacket
Cataloging source
AZZPT
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1967-
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Head, Vernon R. L.
Dewey number
598.9/90963
Index
no index present
LC call number
QL692.E8
LC item number
H43 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bird watching
  • Bird watchers
  • Rare birds
  • Caprimulgidae
  • Nechisar National Park (Ethiopia)
Label
The rarest bird in the world : the search for the Nechisar nightjar, Vernon R. L. Head
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Previously published: The search for the rarest bird in the world; Auckland Park, South Africa : Jacana, 2014
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Embossed and singing -- Ameseghinalehu Addis -- The bridge of heaven -- Goat sucking -- Travelling like a bird -- Eye of Solala -- Animalcules and everywhereness -- Rara avis -- Feather crown
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9781605989631
Isbn Type
(hc)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)933729085
Label
The rarest bird in the world : the search for the Nechisar nightjar, Vernon R. L. Head
Publication
Copyright
Note
Previously published: The search for the rarest bird in the world; Auckland Park, South Africa : Jacana, 2014
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Embossed and singing -- Ameseghinalehu Addis -- The bridge of heaven -- Goat sucking -- Travelling like a bird -- Eye of Solala -- Animalcules and everywhereness -- Rara avis -- Feather crown
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9781605989631
Isbn Type
(hc)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)933729085

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