- ISBN 9780500518533
- 24.60 x 18.60 cm
- Quarter bound/PLC (no jacket)
- 225 Illustrations, 203 in colour
- First published 2016
A fascinating compendium showcasing the wonders of the birds that share our world through exquisite ornithological illustrations, prints and drawings
'Avery’s pen portraits are exquisite, as are the hundreds of accompanying antique paintings and drawings by the likes of Audubon and Thornton. The book is like holding gold or jewels. I cannot put it down’– John Lewis-Stempel: books of the year – The Times
‘A visual treat on every spread … every reader will find plenty to enjoy’ – Cage & Aviary Birds
‘Avery’s clear prose complements the pictures perfectly, so that it’s a great book to dip in and out of – I guarantee you’ll come away having learned something new’– Bird Watching
We share the Earth with more than 10,000 species of birds. Here, more than 60 birds – organized thematically – cover all aspects of our relationships with them.
• ‘Songbirds’ celebrates the greatest bird virtuosi
• ‘Birds of Prey’ include majestic hunters such as the Harpy Eagle
• ‘Feathered Travellers’ describes astounding journeys made by birds
• ‘The Love Life of Birds’ can rival any soap opera and involve the most brilliant displays
• ‘Avian Cities’ explores species that live in spectacular large colonies
• ‘Useful to Us’ examines the ways we find birds of value from the Turkey to the Canary.
• ‘Threatened & Extinct’ describes some no longer living and others that seem on the brink.
Birds have also had great mystical significance, both for good and evil
• ‘Revered & Adored’ considers such species as the Ibis, sacred to the ancient Egyptians
Mark Avery worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for 25 years and was its Conservation Director for nearly 13 years. His other books include Fighting for Birds: 25 Years in Nature Conservation, A Message from Martha: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and Its Relevance Today and Inglorious: Conflict in the Uplands.