Synopses & Reviews
An unusual collection of curious facts about our feathered friends, this book describes the fascinating behaviors and physiology of birds of all shapes and sizes-from the birds in cities to the wild birds in rainforests, deserts, plains, and coastal regions. Topics discussed include bird evolution and why some came to be flightless, why some birds have well-developed senses and memory, the wide diversity of courtship rituals and territorial displays, and the art of nest building. In short, Birds explains why these creatures do the things that they do, so that people can more fully enjoy and understand the birds they see every day. Supplemented with arresting photography, this is a marvelous companion for the curious birdwatcher, the serious student of biology, and for any nature or bird lover.