April 7, 2016 12:40 PM EDT

Photographer Robert Clark’s fascination with birds and their feathers began as a child. Living in Western Kansas, he spent his days collecting the feathers of Meadowlarks, Crows and Quails. His interest, appreciation and dedication only grew when he was exposed to hundreds of different species as he began working for National Geographic.

Now, Clark’s deep knowledge of the unique evolution of plumage is laid out in Feathers: Displays of Brilliant Plumage, published by Chronicle. The new book features remarkable color saturated photographs of bird feathers from around the world.

At first glance, the book appears to index an array of unusually stunning feathers and wings. However, through his photographs, Clark explores the incredible evolution and utility of plumage, through form and beauty. “As the saying goes, ‘form follows function,’ but when it comes to feathers if form follows function, then beauty follows form,” he says.

Feathers: Displays of Brilliant Plumage, published by Chronicle Books goes on-sale April 12th.

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