Synopses & Reviews
Birds in Love is the first natural history of the hidden love life of the feathered world. The courting rituals of birds are the most fascinating of all avian behavior to birders and ornithologists—dazzling plumage displays, mating dances, and rapturous birdsong.
Here’s an exploration into 33 ordinary and extraordinary bird species and their amours—from ostriches to loons, doves to bluebirds, owls to egrets, swans to ravens, and many more.
All birders will be seduced by Birds in Love, explaining the bird behavior you observe in the wild and your own backyard.
Jean Léveillé has traveled the globe to bring you this natural history exposé. A doctor of nuclear medicine, his own passion for the world of birding led him to be bitten by the camera bug. For over fifteen years, he has written a regular birding column and his photographs have appeared in a variety of birders’ magazines.
BOOK NEWS Inc, December 2007 “A Quebec-based doctor who writes a monthly ornithology column in a medical journal presents scientific observations to accompany his stunning color photographs of birds captured in various stages of courtship, from tenderly nuzzling mute swans to an ostrich ‘double date’ and subsequent brooding behavior. This seductive volume was originally published in French in 2003.”
Jean Léveillé is a medical doctor with an intense passion for bird watching. Over the past ten years, he has traveled the world observing and photographing birds; his monthly ornithology column appears in a medical journal and his photographs have been printed in a variety of books and magazines. He lives in Quebec, Canada.
Loons dance duets atop the water; warblers sing sweet songs to woo the opposite sex; the ruffed grouse beats a startling rhythm; and all manner of males display their true colors, from the brilliant red of the cardinal to the iridescent blue of the peacock’s tail. A natural history of the secret love life of birds, this book lets us in on the most charming (and sometimes downright peculiar) behavior in the avian repertory.
The author, a veteran watcher and photographer of birds, chronicles the amours of thirty species, including loons, peacocks, hummingbirds, ostriches, mallards, doves, swans, and ravens. Léveillé writes each essay in a personal manner, speculating and observing from the birder's blind and describing his travels in pursuit of these birds and their stories. A congenial guide, he offers a rare, intimate glimpse into the mating behavior of some of the world’s most lovely and beloved creatures. Finally, a new type of book for all of your bird-loving customers.
Secret amours! Treetop trysts! Sweet songs of woo! Wild mating dances!
Birds in Love is the first natural history of the hidden love life of the feathered world, a tale too torrid to be told—until now! Come along with inquisitive photographer and birdwatcher Jean Léveillé to spy on the steamy love affairs of some extraordinary feathered creatures.
The courting rituals of birds are the most thrilling—even, yes, seductive—of all avian behavior to birders: dazzling plumage, bizarre dances, rapturous melodies, all of which can mean only one thing—love!
Birds in Love answers that age-old question—just what is going on in those bushes?
A natural history of the secret love life of birds; this book chronicles the courtship behavior of 30 species, from loons to hummingbirds to ostriches.
About the Author
Jean Leveille lives in Quebec province.
Table of Contents
White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows
American White Pelicans