Author(s): GREEN-ARMYTAGE STEPHEN
In "Extraordinary Pigeons", Stephen Green-Armytage continues the photographic exploration of birds he began in his popular "Extraordinary Chickens" and the follow-up "Extraordinary Pheasants". Represented are breeds from around the world, including the Nicobar Pigeons of the Congo region, the Philippine Bleeding Hearts Doves (doves are smaller versions of the same family of bird as pigeons), and the German Beauty, Russian Startail and Victoria Crowned Pigeons. As with chickens, pigeons come in many varied and distinctive features, from wattles to boots, crests to spurs. The flamboyant Jacobins wear their lavish white feathers like a boa; the Pouters puff out their chests to absurd lengths and the Helmets sport floppy crowns reminiscent of mop-top 1960s pop groups.
If you thought pigeons were just the dirty, lice-infested scrawny birds so prevalent in Trafalgar Square, think again. Not only are they not all grey but hairy too... Stephen Green-Armytage once again displays his photographic skills to give you Budapester Short-Face Tumblers, Nasal-Tufted Whites, Red Spashes and English Trumpeters displayed in full regalia. Enter the world of the pigeon extraordinaire in all its diversity: pink capped fruit doves, snowflake-hatted Victoria crowned pigeons, marbled spinfex and spotted diamond doves. Green, blue, mauve; hairy, smooth, rough and silky; the range across the world is huge making our grey skinny pigeons look like poor relations. Try and keep a smile off your face with the pompous Voorburg Shield Cropper or the chicken-like Modenas. Sure to amuse, amaze and fascinate, this is the perfect gift for bird lovers and anyone who enjoys nature's weird and wonderful range of creatures. - Lucy Watson
Stephen Green-Armytage received his master's degree in English from Cambridge University in England. In addition to much advertising and corporate work, he has photographed many well-known politicians, athletes, and other celebrities, and his work has appeared in numerous books and periodicals, including Sports Illustrated, Life, Fortune, Smithsonian, Good Housekeeping, and various European magazines. He is also author and photographer of Abrams' Extraordinary Chickens and Extraordinary Pheasants as well as the delightful children's book Dudley: The Little Terrier That Could. He lives in New York City.