By: Williams, Edgar

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Book Condition: Very Good

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Ostriches may not be able to fly, but they loom large in the bird kingdom. They are the world's tallest and heaviest living birds, and they lay the largest eggs. With their long legs, ostriches are also fleet of foot, running up to 43 miles per hour, and formidable fighters--an ostrich kick can kill. But since the beginning of history, these extraordinary and outlandish birds have also been exploited by humans for their eggs, meat, skin, and feathers. In "Ostrich," Edgar Williams provides a singular, comprehensive insight into the natural history, behavior, and habitat of this monumental bird. Williams describes how the demand for ostrich feathers was so great during the Victorian era that vast fortunes were made from ostrich farming, particularly in South Africa and the United States. After fashions changed following World War I, farmers lost their fortunes, but the now domesticated ostrich found a new purpose--today, ostrich farmers produce plumes and leather for luxury markets, as well as meat for grocery stores. In addition to telling its, Williams reveals how the ostrich has been featured in culture, from its representations in cave paintings, medieval manuscripts, and the Bayeux tapestry to its use in advertising and cartoons. Featuring many striking illustrations, "Ostrich" will interest nature lovers, artists, and fashionistas alike.

Title: Ostrich

Author: Williams, Edgar

Categories: Animals,

Publisher: Reaktion Books: 2013

ISBN Number: 1780230397

ISBN Number 13: 9781780230399

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Type: Animals

Seller ID: 141482

Description: Ex-library book with the usual stamps, stickers, etc. Binding is solid and text/interior is clean and free of marking of any kind. 184 pages with a great many color illustrations.