By Peter Young
The sleek winged type of the swan has encouraged artworks from fairy stories to ballets, and its profile is famous instantly through even the main cursory of fowl admirers. Now the latest addition to Reaktion’s acclaimed Animal sequence examines the attention-grabbing tale in the back of this based bird.
The normal background of the swan is unusually advanced, as Peter younger unearths, delving into the bird’s habitat and feeding behavior, the physiological information of the 8 surviving species and several other extinct ones, the bird’s strength and persistence, and the formation flying that enables them to preserve strength and fly nice distances with pace. Swan offers equivalent remedy to the lengthy and wealthy position of the swan in human tradition, from the Greek fantasy of Leda and the Swan to the bird’s portrayal in sculpture, furnishings, and model identify emblems. younger additionally information the demanding situations dealing with conservation efforts to guard swans from human intake and fabric goods.
An engrossing account, Swan may be a welcome boost to the bookshelf of all who appreciate this pretty poultry.
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