The great auk

By Fuller, Errol

Publishers Summary:
"Perhaps the most curious of all vanished birds, the Great Auk commands an enormous following among naturalists. Not reliably seen since the year 1844, this remarkable bird - a flightless, penguin-like seabird native to the northern hemisphere - has become one of the great icons of extinction. Its strange and mysterious story is told in the pages of this book through more than 400 illustrations, bringing together almost every known archival image of the species, dramatic photographs of the lonely islands it once inhabited, artists' renderings of the bird, and intriguing pictures of the many fascinating characters who became involved in the Great Auk's tragic story."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN
978-0-81096-391-7
Publisher
New York : Abrams, 1999.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on April 1, 2000

The great auk, or "penguin of the north," is nearly as well known in the annals of extinction as the dodo and passenger pigeon. A flightless bird, it lived in large colonies--a habit that was apparently necessary to its survival. Native to a narrow range of islands near the Arctic circle, the birds were easy prey, hunted for their meat, eggs, oil, and feathers. Nearing exti...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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