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Birds: the British Museum.Artist/Author: Pilbeam, Mavis.
Now in a fresh new paperback format, this book showcases the British Museum’s vast collection of bird images from all over the world. Some are primarily decorative, whereas Thomas Bewick and the Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro chose to show birds in realistic detail, going about their daily lives. Other artists concentrate on scientific accuracy. The endless variety of birds, their freedom of sky, land and water, and especially their song have also inspired writers through the ages. Each striking image in this beautiful anthology is matched with a poem about the same species. Some were composed by writers including Shakespeare, Chaucer and Tennyson and others have been selected from less familiar or even anonymous voices around the world.
Photographic guide to the birds of Southeast Asia: including Philippines and Borneo.Artist/Author: Strange, Morten.
A comprehensive photographic guide to the birds of mainland Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Borneo. It covers important bird species found in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as southern China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Philippines. This guide covers over 660 species and has more than 700 colour photographs. It is an invaluable guide for anyone planning a visit to Asia who is interested in birds. It gives a distribution map for each species and a checklist at the back. Many of the photographs in this book appear for the first time and have been carefully selected to illustrate the most important species and their key features. The text provides vital information to ensure accurate identifications.
The thing with feathers: the surprising lives of birds and what they reveal about being human.Artist/Author: Strycker, Noah.
A delightful and profound look at the lives of birds, illuminating their surprising world and deep connection with humanity. Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and until now has been little understood. As scientists come to understand more about the secrets of bird life, they are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself. This book explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatross, and other mysteries–revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature. Noah Strycker is a birder and naturalist who has traveled the world in pursuit of his flighty subjects. Drawing deep from personal experience, cutting-edge science, and colourful history, he spins captivating stories about the birds in our midst and reveals the startlingly intimate coexistence of birds and humans. Wise, funny and insightful, this is a gripping and enlightening journey into the lives of birds. Also available in paperback [stock id 37791].
National birds: avian emblems of the world.Artist/Author: Toft, Ron.
Birds are one of the most popular and visible forms of all wildlife and are inextricably linked with the development of human cultures all around the world. Over the years some of the most eye-catching species of bird have been officially or unofficially adopted by countries as symbols of their national identity; there are now almost 100 national birds spanning every imaginable group from condors to parrots, trogons to frigatebirds. Both a comprehensive listing and guide book, this title provides a range of information from species data to how these birds have been used and abused through the ages. It recounts tales of how they came to be adopted and presents a wide range of official and cultural contexts where they appear from feathers in tribal costumes to stamps and currency.
Nest: the art of birds.Artist/Author: Burke, Janine.
Janine Burke, art historian, author, amateur naturalist and nature lover, has spent many years observing birds. This book is the story of her passion, a personal, wide-ranging and intimate book that will appeal to all those who love nature, literature and art. She takes the view that nests are a form of art created by nature, exquisite, painstakingly constructed creations that are decorated, or woven through with feathers, or studded with objects of a particular colour or sheen. This book reveals both the art and mystery found in nature and celebrates them with lyricism, insight and great affection. Also available in hardcover [stock id 34060].
Birds and people.Artist/Author: Cocker, Mark and David Tipling.
Vast in both scope and scale, this book explores and celebrates the relationship between birds and people. Throughout history their flight has inspired the human imagination so that birds are embedded in our religions, folklore, music and arts. Part natural history and part cultural study, this book describes and maps the entire spectrum of our engagements with birds, drawing in themes of history, literature, art, cuisine, language, lore, politics and the environment. In the end, this is a book as much about us as it is about birds.
1001 secrets every bird watcher should know.Artist/Author: Stiteler, Sharon.
This accessible guide includes fun facts, such as where certain birds got their names, how birds eat, how they find a life partner, and how they build a home for the chicks. Other useful information includes identification tips, migration patterns, and where the best birding vacation spots are.
Gifts of the crow: how perception, emotion and thought allow smart birds to behave like humans.Artist/Author: Marzluff, John and Tony Angell.
Marzluff has done some of the most extraordinary research on crows. He teams up with artist and fellow naturalist Angell for an in-depth look at these incredible birds, in a fully illustrated, riveting work. Also available in paperback [stock id 34857].
Illustrated encyclopedia of birds.Artist/Author: Dorling Kindersley.
TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK. The beauty and drama of the bird world brought to breathtaking life in a new edition. From hummingbirds weighing less than a coin to monkey-eating eagles, this is a unique celebration of birds, photographed and studied in their natural environments around the world. Explore the complete bird story: from their origins to up-to-date information on flight, anatomy, feeding, communication, breeding, habitat, migrations and life cycles. Spectacular features on the most impressive birds, plus a huge catalogue that profiles nearly fifteen hundred different species makes this a must-have for every bird enthusiast. This title is published with Birdlife International, the world’s leading avian authority.
Birdscapes: birds in our imagination and experience.Artist/Author: Mynott, Jeremy
What draws us to the beauty of a peacock, the flight of an eagle, or the song of a nightingale? Why are birds so significant in our lives and our sense of the world? And what do our ways of thinking about and experiencing birds tell us about ourselves? This is a unique meditation on the variety of human responses to birds, from antiquity to today, and from casual observers to those who travel the globe, risking life and limb to see new species. Drawing extensively on literature, history, philosophy, and science, Mynott puts his own experiences as a birdwatcher in a rich cultural context. His sources range from the familiar Thoreau and Audubon to Puccini and Monty Python. Just as unusual are the extensive illustrations, which explore our perceptions and representations of birds through images such as national emblems, women’s hats, professional sports logos, and a Christmas biscuit tin, as well as classics of bird art. Each chapter takes up a new theme – from rarity, beauty, and sound to conservation, naming, and symbolism. Conversational, playful, and witty, this book gently leads us to reflect on large questions about our relation to birds and the natural world. It encourages birders to see their pursuits in a broader human context – and it shows nonbirders what they may be missing.
Extreme birds: from the fastest to the smartest.Artist/Author: Couzens, Dominic.
Packed with astonishing facts and absorbing detail, this lavishly illustrated book brings together the extremes of the bird world, including the fastest flyer, the deepest diver, the craftiest builder and the funniest forager. Featured alongside more conventional record breakers are some truly remarkable birds, such as the male emperor penguin that fasts for four months at a time, the Caledonian crow that uses tools fashioned out of leaves to skewer grubs, and the irrepressible kea that slides down tree trunks just for fun. An exploration of exceptional forms, bizarre habits and fantastic feats, this book reveals the extraordinary and often complex ways in which birds cope with the countless challenges of life.
Flightless birds.Artist/Author: Roots, Clive.
Provides a guide to those birds that have evolved a trait that would seem to harm their ability to survive – flightlessness. This book covers the loss of flight in birds, both permanently after years of evolution, and temporarily as a result of unusual moulting behaviour, and those species that are in various stages of losing their flight. We share the earth with a wide variety of animal species, each of which brings something special to the diversity of the planet. By knowing more about how animals behave and live, we gain a greater understanding of how life evolved and the importance of biodiversity. This volume provides a complete guide to those birds that have evolved a trait that would seem to harm their ability to survive – flightlessness. “Flightless Birds” covers the loss of flight in birds, both permanently after years of evolution, and temporarily as a result of unusual moulting behaviour, and those species that are in various stages of losing their flight. The book provides a thorough guide, perfect for understanding the behaviour and biodiversity of a fascinating and unusual group of animals., “Flightless Birds” includes sections on the major groups of flightless birds: those whose ancient ancestors were on the continents when they broke away millions of years ago, and who survived despite competing with mammals; birds that were marooned on islands in the ocean, where food was plentiful and predators absent; penguins, which evolved alongside seas teeming with food and had no need to fly, and the special case of New Zealand’s many flightless species which evolved in a predator-free paradise but could not cope with the settlers and their alien animals; and the many species which have become extinct within historic times. Beautifully illustrated, “Flightless Birds” provides copious material for understanding these unusual animals.