PENGUINS: The Birds with Flippers by Elizabeth S. Austin

PENGUINS: The Birds with Flippers

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A good look at the fifteen penguin species, featuring the first impressions and subsequent studies of Antarctic explorers. Much ado about mating and child care, no more about behavior than in Rau's recent The Penguin Book (p. 648, J-252), but the photographs here are a significant plus: both downy body and fuzzy molting feathers, a skua trying to steal an Adelie egg, the nightly parade on Philip Island. Even the lesser populations of New Zealand, South America and South Africa are included. Rau, more pleasant to read, is for a younger audience; Lauber's Penguins on Parade, which starts with imports in the Edinburgh Zoo, has more evolutionary and structural information and, ironically, a better distribution map than Austin's Penguins which attends to these areas so carefully. As each has valuable information, they make fine complements.

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1968
Publisher: Random House