Birds of Greece
Pocket Photo Guides
This pocket-sized guide details the appearance, habits, breeding patterns and distribution of more than 250 birds regularly seen in Greece, from eagles to flycatchers and finches. The book also describes the varied landscapes and habitats of the country, listing its top birding sites and what can be seen there. Colour photographs aid identification of each species.
I Like Birds
A Guide to Britain's Avian Wildlife
From the coast to the countryside to the city garden, this introduction to sixty British bird species offers information on their habitat, lifestyle, behaviour, distinguishing features and song, plus anecdotes, notes on beak and bill shapes, a guide to using binoculars and an illustrated 'egg-opedia', all paired with bold stylized artwork.
Exploring the Remarkable Journeys of Birds
Every year, millions of birds fly extraordinary distances, with bar-headed geese soaring above the Himalayas and Arctic terns travelling from pole to pole. This book explains why birds migrate, how they prepare for migration, the routes they take, how they navigate, and the hazards they face. Illustrated with colour drawings throughout, it also profiles migratory species from emperor penguins to swift parrots.
A History of Birds
The legend of the fearsome basilisk, hatched from the egg of a cockerel; why batsmen are said to be ‘out for a duck’; a pigeon arrested by Indian police as a spy from Pakistan... This book is full of such legends, lore and history attaching to each of 30 birds, arranged alphabetically from Blackbird to Woodpecker. Every chapter includes quotations from literature, the origins of names, and illustrations ranging from Roman mosaics and medieval miniatures to Simon Wills’s own excellent photographs.
Birds of Japan and North-East Asia
A Photographic Guide
This illustrated handbook details all 520 bird species, both endemic and migrant, found in Japan, Korea, northern China and the Russian Far East, from the majestic Steller’s Sea Eagle to warblers and passerines. Each entry gives key identification criteria, range, habitat and a distribution map, and is illustrated by Japan’s top bird photographers.
Collins BTO Guide to British Birds
Covering all the species that breed or overwinter in Britain and Ireland, this comprehensive guide contains over 1,200 photographs to aid identification, with tips about which features to look for and comparative images of variations in plumage. Descriptions of the birds’ appearance and call are given, as well as notes on habits, status and habitat, with graphics indicating the likelihood of spotting one.
Once a familiar sight in cities, sparrows have suffered a severe decline in recent years. Illustrated with colour photographs throughout, this handbook explains the biology, life cycle and behaviour of the two British species, the house and tree sparrow. It examines the reasons for their dwindling numbers and also notes the bird’s symbolic role in human culture.
Illustrated in colour throughout, this guide to the biology and ecology of this large, aquatic raptor draws on satellite data to chart its migration routes. It explains the adaptations that make it such an effective hunter of fish – a skill that has resulted in its persecution to the verge of extinction – and the efforts of conservationists to restore its numbers.
Careful study of the greenfinches that he could see from his studio window led artist and ornithologist Lars Jonsson to a growing awareness of the variations, expressions and colours of individual birds. Extending these observations to a further 58 species common to the UK and his native Sweden, including corvids, tits and woodpeckers, he presents his paintings of them and detailed observations about their plumage, song and behaviour.
Birds of the Canary Islands
This handbook describes the appearance, habits and songs of every bird, endemic or migrant, found in the Canaries. Its 73 colour plates illustrate more than 300 species, while the introduction provides information on the islands’ geography, birding sites and conservation.
My Penguin Year
Living with Emperors – A Journey of Discovery
The award-winning cameraman Lindsay McCrae spent a year in Antarctica filming emperor penguins for a BBC documentary. This is his account of the life-cycle of the creatures, which march over 100 miles to reach their breeding grounds before the males, unusually, incubate the eggs. It also reflects on his own feelings as he faced a polar winter thousands of miles from his wife and unborn child.
After encountering a barn owl roosting in an old oak near their Devon home, Miriam Darlington and her teenage son Benji embark on a mission to find every species of owl in Europe. They travel to France, Spain, Serbia and Finland – but when Benji is struck with a mystery illness, the quest becomes entangled with the search for a cure. Blending memoir and nature writing, Miriam also reflects on the roles that owls have played in human culture.
As Kingfishers Catch Fire
Books and Birds
‘Triangulating between the bird, the world and literature’, Alex Preston’s book brings together a vast range of writing about birds and his own very personal experience as a birdwatcher, book-lover and novelist. Arranged by 21 bird species, each one illustrated by Neil Gower, the book quotes poets and prose writers as diverse as Dark Age poets, John Clare and Richard Mabey, looking always for writing that ‘makes the birds take shape in the mind in a way that is new yet immediately familiar’.
An Urban Bird Watching Logbook
Each of the 50 species featured in this urban birdwatching journal is allocated a two-page-spread – the first showing a colour illustration and facts written by a leading ornithologist; the second blank squares for notes and observations. Sightings can be recorded in a separate section using the enclosed stickers. Age10+
Birdhouses of the World
Chosen for their remarkable display of creativity, the forty birdhouses in this illustrated collection include traditional, wooden designs placed in unusual formations, sleek models made from modern materials, and ornate, fantastical designs featuring heavily carved wood and stained glass windows. While not necessarily functional, each one is a talking point and design feature.
The Eponym Dictionary of Birds
Written by the authors of Whose Bird, but greatly expanded to list both scientific as well as vernacular birds’ names, the Dictionary has over 4,100 entries and covers more than 10,000 genera, species and subspecies. It provides brief details of the eponymous names – including steel magnates and princes along with the explorers, scientists and ornithologists – from Aagaard (the Buffy Fish Owl, Ketupa ketupa aagaardi) to Zusi (Bogota Surnangel, Helioangelus zusii).
A Sweet, Wild Note
What We Hear When the Birds Sing
‘Birdsong belongs to the birds, but we’ve spent an awful lot of time trying to make it ours too.’ These witty meditations of a birdwatcher explore how humans’ love of birdsong has influenced literature, music and science. They also reveal what such cultural responses say about our dreams and desires, even our ideas of Britishness – and what will be lost if human activity eventually silences the sounds from our trees and hedgerows.
The London Bird Atlas
Within a 20-mile radius of St Paul’s – the area covered by the London Natural History Society – no less than 370 species of birds have been observed. This atlas profiles 200 of the most common, from mute swans to house sparrows. Each entry is illustrated with colour photographs and a map showing distribution. The text also describes the capital’s varied habitats, including brownfield sites, woodland and wetlands, and contains a gazetteer of sites.
The Birds of the Iberian Peninsula
The avifauna of the Iberian Peninsula reflects the area’s diversity of climate and landscape, and the contrasting influences of the Atlantic and Mediterranean. This first English-language ornithological account covers mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands, Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar, with chapters on geography, climate and habitats; the complete species list, including population statistics and distribution maps; and a selection of colour photographs.
H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald was devastated by her father’s sudden death. Already an experienced falconer, she set herself an awesome challenge to confront her grief: to rear and train a goshawk, a member of the species she had thought of as ‘things of death and difficulty: spooky, pale-eyed psychopaths that lived and killed in woodland thickets’. This award-winning book records how, with TH White’s The Goshawk as her guide, she dealt with bereavement by adopting Mabel and living alongside ‘the hawk’s wild mind’. American-cut pages.
What's in a Name?
The scientific names identifying every species of bird are used around the world, though few know how they came about. Fully illustrated with colour photographs, this alphabetical guide traces hundreds of birds’ names to their habits, appearance, and even folklore. Accipiter – for hawks – is derived from the Latin ‘to take’; the crevice-roosting wren is called Troglodytes, or cave-dweller; while the nightjar is Caprimulgus because of an old belief that it sucked goats’ milk.
Doves and Dovecotes
Dovecotes are one of the least recorded types of vernacular building, but architects including James Wyatt and Edwin Lutyens have designed them and their history reaches into antiquity. This survey of English and Welsh examples ranges from Norman times to the 20th century and from utilitarian structures to Palladian flights of fancy. The authors also describe how doves and pigeons have been domesticated, reared and used by humans. Off-mint.
Penguins and Other Sea Birds
This visual field guide to sea birds focuses on 50 species, each illustrated by a watercolour portrait, alongside notes on colour and behaviour. The birds range from the well-known – Emperor Penguin, Albatross – to the more unusually named Parasitic Jaegar and Blue-footed Booby. A useful spotting guide displays the birds across seven spreads.
The Seabird's Cry
The Lives and Loves of Puffins, Gannets and Other Ocean Voyagers
Adam Nicolson combines science, tradition and poetry in his ‘exploration of the ways in which seabirds exert their hold on the human imagination’. He describes the lives and habits of ten birds, among them native species of the British Isles, the albatross of the Southern Ocean and the extinct great auk, each one showing a different facet of seabirds’ unique ability to exist in three elements – on the sea, in the air and on land. Winner of the Wainwright Prize, 2018.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Birds of China
Southeast China, including Shanghai
The characteristics, distribution, habitat and migration patterns of 280 bird species are listed with photographs in this identification guide centred on seven provinces in Southeast China, including Hainan and Guangdong. Practical information for birdwatchers visiting the region is also included.
The World of Birds
This extensive photographic guide to birds explains all aspects of their life, from anatomy and flight to plumage and song, and features explanatory drawings and diagrams. It includes a comprehensive survey of the 32 bird orders and 195 families, with an account of each one and reference panels detailing range, habitat, food and migration. In addition, it has a full glossary of terms and two exhaustive indexes, sorted by subject matter and bird name.
Songs of Love and War
The Dark Heart of Bird Behaviour
Inspired by his observations of songbirds in the New Forest, Dominic Couzens set out to learn as much as possible about their lives and behaviour, including what compels them to sing. He reveals in this volume a harsh reality, with battles against starvation, predation and disease, and concludes that it is the least we can do to conserve their habitats.
From the familiar Great Auk to obscure island finches, this listing describes all the bird species known to have disappeared in the last 700 years and now represented by museum specimens, credible accounts and illustration. Each entry includes details of status, range and location of specimens, followed by a description and history, with quotations from written records. There is also a listing of ‘hypothetical birds’, known by very few specimens and unverified accounts, and appendices dealing with doubtful and deficient taxa.
Waiting for the Albino Dunnock
How Birds Can Change Your Life
Despite having written many books about the countryside, including the bestselling Country Wisdom, Rosamond Richardson only started birdwatching in her sixties. This lyrical blend of science, mythology, philosophy and poetic excerpts conveys her growing engagement with the beauty of birds, and the joy and serenity brought by 'ornitheology'. The result is a precisely observed exploration of the importance of nature to one’s mental and emotional wellbeing.
A collaboration between Ralph Steadman and the filmmaker and conservationist Ceri Levy, the award-winning Extinct Boids surveyed the birds we have lost; Nextinction shifts the focus to those we are about to lose. Levy’s ‘With a Wing and a Prayer’ commentary tells the stories of 192 species on the Critically Endangered List; while Steadman depicts the birds on the brink of extinction, such as the Giant Ibis and the Kakapo, and some rather dubious species including the Unsociable Lapwing and the Ooshut Doorbang.
The Birds of Shetland
The most northerly island group in Britain, Shetland is famous for its globally significant populations of breeding seabirds, including such rarities as red-necked phalarope, great snipe and lanceolated warbler. This authoritative, comprehensive guide provides an overview of the climate and ecology of the archipelago, followed by a survey of every species recorded there. With 40 pages of colour photographs and many line drawings throughout the text, it is an essential handbook for any ornithologist with an interest in the islands.
Field Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland
Written by birdwatching expert Mark Golley and with more than 1,000 full-colour illustrations by leading bird artist David Daly, this compact guide is arranged in taxonomic species order. It includes identification tips, details of habitat and describes calls for over 280 species of birds, both those seen regularly in Britain and Ireland and some of the less common migrants.
Cormorants, Darters and Pelicans of the World
Birds in the order Pelecaniformes share biological traits such as feeding predominantly on fish and incubating only a limited clutch of eggs (one or two) by the transmission of heat from the foot webs. This meticulous study, first published in 1993, provides a worldwide survey of the 32 species of cormorants and shags, two species of darters and seven species of pelicans, examining their biology, behaviour, plumage, distribution and ecology, and including colour photographs and anatomical drawings.
National Birds of the World
From Angola's Red-Crested Turaco to Zimbabwe's African Fish-Eagle, more than 90 avian species have been adopted as official symbols of national identity. Each bird is pictured and described in this comprehensive guide, which features data such as size, diet and habitat alongside an explanation of reasons for the bird's use as a national emblem, information on its conservation status and examples of its prevalence in the stamps, coats of arms and wider culture of its country. Foreword by Chris Packham.
Penguins' anthropomorphic qualities have contributed to their popularity, but it is the extreme conditions in which they live and the extraordinary behaviours that they have evolved that makes them so fascinating. This photographic celebration focuses on the penguins of the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands, studying the birds' feeding, courtship, breeding and survival behaviours and remote habitats, and also contains a 'fact file' profiling the 17 commonly recognized species, from the Emperors of the sea-ice to the lesser-known warm-weather penguins.
An Eternity of Eagles
The Human History of the Most Fascinating Bird in the World
This natural and social history of the eagle from an American writer and naturalist traces the evolution of our love-hate relationship with this magnificent bird, from Neolithic rock art and ancient mythology to medieval falconry and contemporary popular culture, and asks what modern-day threats such as habitat loss and pesticides mean for its future. More than 100 photographs and illustrations accompany the text, and novelist Annie Proulx contributes an introduction.
The Skylark's beautiful song, delivered from its famous towering songflight, can be heard from Ireland to Japan and from the Arctic Circle to the North African deserts. This volume opens with an overview of all the world's larks and, as well as a thorough account of the species biology, migratory patterns, behaviour and habitats, Paul Donald discusses the Skylark's role in history and folklore. This book is from the Poyser Monographs series. Regarded as essential reading by many ornithologists, the Monographs provide an enormous amount of detail on individual species, covering evolution, biology and ecology, breeding and feeding, distribution, and conservation.
Why Birds Sing
A Journey into the Mystery of Birdsong
David Rothenberg is a professor of philosophy, a composer and a jazz clarinettist. In this ‘attempt to answer the beguiling question of why birds sing’ he blends the latest scientific research with a deep understanding of musical aesthetics and form.
The Birds of Essex
Stretching east from suburban London along the Thames and north towards East Anglia, Essex is of national and international importance for many birds, especially the migrant wildfowl and waders that occur on the Stour, Colne, Blackwater, Crouch, Roach and Thames estuaries. Covering the entire Essex list of 384 species, this volume analyses and summarizes data collected over the last 200 years, with an up-to-date status report for each species and its patterns of occurrence within Essex.