Bird feathers are evolutionary wonders.
“As the saying goes in architecture, ‘form follows function,’ but when it comes to feathers I would say if form follows function, then beauty follows form.”
The book Feathers: Displays of Brilliant Plumage by Robert Clark is brimming with exquisite photos and facts to tempt the curious mind to embark on a journey filled with beauty and ideas about how the thousand of varieties of feathers have developed throughout history. Feathers have been designed for warmt, camouflage and sexual competivesss. This book is a perfect marriage between art and scienc; detailed cl0se-ups of feathers is paired with text about the utility as well as the evolution of the feather on the photo..
Robert is taking us on a journey filled with elegance as well as the past and interesting uses of feathers.
“The ways in which feathers have evolved and manifested themselves over time is riveting to me; over millions of years the scales of a dinosaur deviated and began to grow upward in spines that covered the body of birds. Through many generations, these spines spread, evolving specific purposes for the regions on the body on which they grew; eventually these spinal structures were imbued with extravagant colors and features,” writes Robert.
The aim is to make the feathers “look as if you could pick them up” and I could not agree more. So pick up the book and enjoy!
The colour of scarlet macaw’s feather helps it live and blend in various different habitats. This is a secondary wing covert feather.
Bird of Paradise.