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Publisher Comments:

"This book is a treasure trove of colorful paintings and photographs, interesting sidebars, top-ten lists... worth its considerable price for the artwork alone. A browser’s delight... This book should have wide appeal for all birders and bird enthusiasts. Highly recommended." –Library Journal

A lighthearted and broadly cultural and visual approach to learning everything there is to know about birds, bird-watching, birds in history and the arts, and life on the wing. Short narrative pieces are interspersed with sidebars, quotes, top-ten lists, and how-to instructions. Illustrated with photographs, contemporary and archival art, maps, and diagrams, the book has lots of cross-references and riches to find on every page.

Chapters include:

I. The Birds in your World

A lively introduction featuring the joys of birds and bird-watching, how birds are everywhere you look, why people enjoy and appreciate them, why they are so amazing and so beloved, and why they have been important to every culture throughout history.

II. The Anatomy of a Bird

A lyrical dissection of the parts of a bird, including digressions on feathers, color, beaks, wings, talons. Size and shape variations and how they respond to environment and evolution. What birds eat and how they eat it.

III. Birds Through the Ages

Birds in ancient and native cultures. Bird myths, legends, and superstitions. Bird gods and goddesses. Famous birds in history such as Caesar's death foretold, St. Francis's Sermon to the Birds, Poe's Raven, Mao Tse Tung's sparrow campaign. Birds as pets, birds as hunting aids, birds as food.

IV. The Life of a Bird

The life cycle of birds, starting with mating behaviors of all sorts of species. Nesting behaviors. Varieties of nests, varieties of eggs.

V. Science Discovers the Bird

Early ornithologists. Catesby, Darwin, Audubon, Peterson. Famous bird artists. Famous bird quests. Bird evolution: birds and dinosaurs.

VI. Birds on the Wing

Flight and how it works. Migration — how, why, when, where. Maps and amazing facts about bird migrations.

VII. To Be a Birder

Basics including bird-watching, bird taxonomy, how to use a field guide. Simple bird-watching rules of thumb. Where to go, when to go. Equipment needed. Keeping a life list.

VIII. Bringing the Birds Back Home

Attraction and conservation. Birdhouses, bird feeders, bird baths, bird seed choices, protecting birds from predator animals in your neighborhood. National and international conservation efforts. The future of birds.

Review:

"Close to 10,000 species of bird currently waddle, sing, peck, and soar around the world, and while Alderfer (National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America, co-author) and his team don't address each one of them, they sure come close in this elegant study of all things avian — from basic bird anatomy, to courtship and nesting rituals, as well as the role of birds in ancient cultures and as a source of food. Incorporating stunning photographs , vintage prints, and a short history of birds in art and the naturalists (such as James Audubon) who contributed to some of ornithology's most seminal works, the book is worth the price of admission for purely visual reasons, though readers will find the text equally rewarding. Pleasant diversions — like tales of Mao Zedong's botched campaign to rid China of sparrows (which resulted in a dramatic increase in crop-devouring locusts), Mozart's pet starling, and the real-life event that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds — sit comfortably alongside more practical bird-related information, including tips on choosing the right feeder and an extensive guide for beginner bird-watchers. A tome to be treasured at home and in the wild. Photos & illus. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

A lighthearted and broadly cultural and visual approach to learning everything there is to know about birds, bird-watching, birds in history and the arts, and life on the wing. Short narrative pieces are interspersed with sidebars, quotes, top-ten lists, and how-to instructions. Illustrated with photographs, contemporary and archival art, maps, and diagrams, the book has lots of cross-references and riches to find on every page.

Chapters include:

I. The Birds in your World

A lively introduction featuring the joys of birds and bird-watching, how birds are everywhere you look, why people enjoy and appreciate them, why they are so amazing and so beloved, and why they have been important to every culture throughout history.

II. The Anatomy of a Bird

A lyrical dissection of the parts of a bird, including digressions on feathers, color, beaks, wings, talons. Size and shape variations and how they respond to environment and evolution. What birds eat and how they eat it.

III. Birds Through the Ages

Birds in ancient and native cultures. Bird myths, legends, and superstitions. Bird gods and goddesses. Famous birds in history such as Caesar's death foretold, St. Francis's Sermon to the Birds, Poe's Raven, Mao Tse Tung's sparrow campaign. Birds as pets, birds as hunting aids, birds as food.

IV. The Life of a Bird

The life cycle of birds, starting with mating behaviors of all sorts of species. Nesting behaviors. Varieties of nests, varieties of eggs.

V. Science Discovers the Bird

Early ornithologists. Catesby, Darwin, Audubon, Peterson. Famous bird artists. Famous bird quests. Bird evolution: birds and dinosaurs.

VI. Birds on the Wing

Flight and how it works. Migration — how, why, when, where. Maps and amazing facts about bird migrations.

VII. To Be a Birder

Basics including bird-watching, bird taxonomy, how to use a field guide. Simple bird-watching rules of thumb. Where to go, when to go. Equipment needed. Keeping a life list.

VIII. Bringing the Birds Back Home

Attraction and conservation. Birdhouses, bird feeders, bird baths, bird seed choices, protecting birds from predator animals in your neighborhood. National and international conservation efforts. The future of birds.

About the Author

JONATHAN ALDERFER, writer, editor, and illustrator, contributed extensively to several editions of the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America and co-authored the sixth edition with John L. Dunn, as well as contributing 60 new illustrations to it. He has served on the Maryland/District of Columbia Bird Records Committee and as associate editor of the American Birding Association's magazine Birding. He is a frequent speaker on radio and in workshops on birding and bird illustration. The author lives in Washington, D.C..

Product Details

ISBN:
9781426209642
Author:
Jonathan Alderfer.
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Author:
Alderfer, Jonathan
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Nature Studies-Birds
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
200 COLOR AND BandW PHOTOS 150 ILLUSTRAT
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
10.02 x 8.07 x 1.22 in 3.18 lb

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Product details 416 pages National Geographic Society - English 9781426209642 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Close to 10,000 species of bird currently waddle, sing, peck, and soar around the world, and while Alderfer (National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Birds of North America, co-author) and his team don't address each one of them, they sure come close in this elegant study of all things avian — from basic bird anatomy, to courtship and nesting rituals, as well as the role of birds in ancient cultures and as a source of food. Incorporating stunning photographs , vintage prints, and a short history of birds in art and the naturalists (such as James Audubon) who contributed to some of ornithology's most seminal works, the book is worth the price of admission for purely visual reasons, though readers will find the text equally rewarding. Pleasant diversions — like tales of Mao Zedong's botched campaign to rid China of sparrows (which resulted in a dramatic increase in crop-devouring locusts), Mozart's pet starling, and the real-life event that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds — sit comfortably alongside more practical bird-related information, including tips on choosing the right feeder and an extensive guide for beginner bird-watchers. A tome to be treasured at home and in the wild. Photos & illus. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , A lighthearted and broadly cultural and visual approach to learning everything there is to know about birds, bird-watching, birds in history and the arts, and life on the wing. Short narrative pieces are interspersed with sidebars, quotes, top-ten lists, and how-to instructions. Illustrated with photographs, contemporary and archival art, maps, and diagrams, the book has lots of cross-references and riches to find on every page.

Chapters include:

I. The Birds in your World

A lively introduction featuring the joys of birds and bird-watching, how birds are everywhere you look, why people enjoy and appreciate them, why they are so amazing and so beloved, and why they have been important to every culture throughout history.

II. The Anatomy of a Bird

A lyrical dissection of the parts of a bird, including digressions on feathers, color, beaks, wings, talons. Size and shape variations and how they respond to environment and evolution. What birds eat and how they eat it.

III. Birds Through the Ages

Birds in ancient and native cultures. Bird myths, legends, and superstitions. Bird gods and goddesses. Famous birds in history such as Caesar's death foretold, St. Francis's Sermon to the Birds, Poe's Raven, Mao Tse Tung's sparrow campaign. Birds as pets, birds as hunting aids, birds as food.

IV. The Life of a Bird

The life cycle of birds, starting with mating behaviors of all sorts of species. Nesting behaviors. Varieties of nests, varieties of eggs.

V. Science Discovers the Bird

Early ornithologists. Catesby, Darwin, Audubon, Peterson. Famous bird artists. Famous bird quests. Bird evolution: birds and dinosaurs.

VI. Birds on the Wing

Flight and how it works. Migration — how, why, when, where. Maps and amazing facts about bird migrations.

VII. To Be a Birder

Basics including bird-watching, bird taxonomy, how to use a field guide. Simple bird-watching rules of thumb. Where to go, when to go. Equipment needed. Keeping a life list.

VIII. Bringing the Birds Back Home

Attraction and conservation. Birdhouses, bird feeders, bird baths, bird seed choices, protecting birds from predator animals in your neighborhood. National and international conservation efforts. The future of birds.

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