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No, there aren’t any toucans in the Old World–no wild ones, at least. But over the centuries, the natural historians of central Europe have taken the ramphastids to heart as the ultimate emblems of the exotic. Join Rick Wright for an amusing and richly illustrated tour through the earliest literature of the toucans, aracaris, and other big-nosed birds of the American tropics.

Rick Wright leads birds and art tours in Europe and the Americas for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours. A native of southeast Nebraska, Rick attended the University of Nebraska and Harvard Law School, and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University. In addition to two scholarly books on the animal literature of the late Middle Ages, he is the author of the American Birding Association’s Field Guide to Birds of New Jersey and the ABA’s Field Guide to Birds of Arizona. His most recent book is the Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America. Fascinated by birds, birders, and birding–if not necessarily in that order–Rick lives in Bloomfield, NJ, with his family: Alison Beringer, Avril Huang, and their chocolate lab, Gellert.

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