The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology

Author(s): Tim Birkhead


What the birds have taught us: a gorgeously rendered and comprehensive history of ornithology, from folklore to facts--the perfect gift for bird enthusiasts everywhere. Leading ornithologist Tim Birkhead takes readers on a journey through the wonderful world of birds: conception and egg, territory and song, breeding and migration. In the process, he reveals how birders have overcome centuries-old superstitions and untested truths to achieve a firmer understanding of birds. He also details when and how this knowledge was first acquired, detailing the various myths and misconceptions that were believed to be true throughout the ages and when they were finally corrected. Conceived for a general audience, and illustrated throughout with more than one hundred exquisitely beautiful illustrations, many of them rarely if ever seen before, "The Wisdom of Birds" is a book full of stories, knowledge, and unexpected revelations. Engaging and accessible, it is an illustrated history of birds--and all they have taught us.

2008. First edition. A very good copy only marked by light rubbing to the spine ends and a small stain to the fore edge. The d/w is unclipped and also very good with light edge bumping.


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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781596915411
  • : bloomsbury books
  • : bloomsbury books
  • : October 2008
  • : 239mm X 186mm X 41mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : illustrations
  • : 433
  • : 598
  • : Hardback
  • : Tim Birkhead