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Most Remarkable Creature



by
Jonathan Meiburg

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Knopf (Adult)
ISBN
9781101875704
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An enthralling account of a modern voyage of discovery as we meet the clever, social birds of prey called caracaras, which puzzled Darwin, fascinate modern-day falconers, and carry secrets of our planet’s deep past in their family history.

In 1833, Charles Darwin was astonished by an animal he met in the Falkland Islands: handsome, social, and oddly crow-like falcons that were “tame and inquisitive…quarrelsome and passionate,” and so insatiably curious that they stole hats, compasses, and other valuables from the crew of the Beagle. Darwin wondered why these birds were confined to remote islands at the tip of South America, sensing a larger story, but he set this mystery aside and never returned to it.

Almost two hundred years later, Jonathan Meiburg takes up this chase. He takes us through South America, from the fog-bound coasts of Tierra del Fuego to the tropical forests of Guyana, in search of these birds: striated caracaras, which still exist, though they’re very rare. He reveals the wild, fascinating story of their history, origins, and possible futures. And along the way, he draws us into the life and work of William Henry Hudson, the Victorian writer and naturalist who championed caracaras as an unsung wonder of the natural world, and to falconry parks in the English countryside, where captive caracaras perform incredible feats of memory and problem-solving. A Most Remarkable Creature is a hybrid of science writing, travelogue, and biography, as generous and accessible as it is sophisticated, and absolutely riveting.Notes. Bibliography. Index. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

384

Trim Size

9 3/10" x 6 3/10"

Dewey

598.9

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2021

Book Genres

Narrative Nonfiction

Topics

Caracara. Birds of prey. Ornithology. Natural history. South America. William Henry Hudson (1841–1922).

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Praise & Reviews

Library Journal

An ambitious, impressive debut. The book’s manifold strands will engage all sorts of readers, including bird lovers, science buffs, and eco-adventure fans.

Praise & Reviews

Library Journal

An ambitious, impressive debut. The book’s manifold strands will engage all sorts of readers, including bird lovers, science buffs, and eco-adventure fans.

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