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  • 100 Birds and How They Got Their Namesby Diana Wells; Lauren Jarrett

    Algonquin Books 2001; US$ 18.95

    How did cranes come to symbolize matrimonial happiness? Why were magpies the only creatures that would not go inside Noah's Ark? Birds and bird imagery are integral parts of our language and culture. With her remarkable ability to dig up curious and captivating facts, Diana Wells hatches a treat for active birders and armchair enthusiasts alike. Meet... more...

  • Was Beethoven a Birdwatcher?by David Turner

    Summersdale Publishers Ltd. 2011; US$ 17.99

    Did the Cetti’s Warbler inspire the opening notes of the last movement of Beethoven’s Second Symphony?Is the emu nature’s most devoted dad?Find out the answers to these ornithological conundrums and others this engaging book that delves into literature, science, religion, fine art and popular culture to reveal how a bird can be far more... more...

  • An Enchantment of Birdsby Richard Cannings

    Greystone Books 2009; US$ 19.95

    In these delightful meditations, biologist and bird lover Richard Cannings weaves stories of his personal encounters with birds into fascinating descriptions of their behavior, anatomy, and evolution. He muses over the meadowlarks? ability to hide their nests so completely that he has seen only two in a lifetime spent searching for them; the trumpeter... more...

  • The Robins in Your Backyardby Nancy Carol Willis

    Birdsong Books 2001; US$ 6.99

    This educational tale of the migration, mating, and nesting habits of a pair of robins as they raise and care for their young will delight parents, teachers, and children. Beginning with the welcome return of the robins in early spring, simple language and beautifully detailed colored-pencil illustrations reveal exactly what is happening in those... more...

  • Sandhill and Whooping Cranesby Paul A. Johnsgard

    UNP - Bison Original 2011; US$ 12.95

    Driving west from Lincoln to Grand Island, Nebraska, Paul A. Johnsgard remarks, is like driving backward in time. “I suspect,” he says, “that the migrating cranes of a pre–ice age period some ten million years ago would fully understand every nuance of the crane conversation going on today along the Platte.”  ... more...

  • Vultureby Thom van Dooren

    Reaktion Books 2012; US$ 19.95

    Simply because they are large scavenging birds, vultures are often viewed as harbingers of death. But, as Thom van Dooren shows in this cultural and natural history, that dominant association leaves us with a very one-dimensional understanding of a group of actually rather fascinating and diverse creatures.   Vulture offers an enlightening... more...

  • Do Hummingbirds Hum?by George West; Carol Butler

    Rutgers University Press 2010; US$ 21.95

     In Do Hummingbirds Hum? George C. West, who has studied and banded over 13,500 hummingbirds in Arizona, and Carol A. Butler provide an overview of hummingbird biology for the general reader, and more detailed discussions of their morphology and behavior for those who want to fly beyond the basics. Enriched with beautiful and rare photography,... more...

  • Nestby Janine Burke

    Allen & Unwin 2012; US$ 15.45

    Part natural history, part folklore, part exploration of art and aesthetics, part memoir, Nest is a beautiful book that will appeal to bird lovers, readers of literature and art lovers alike. It's the perfect gift for your friend or yourself. more...

  • Development of Brain and Behavior in Birdsby Juli Wade

    Biota Publishing 2011; US$ 30.00

    Sex differences in brain and behavior are widespread across vertebrates. Birds exhibit remarkable examples of these types of parallels between structure and function. For example, only male zebra finches sing, and the brain areas and muscles controlling the learning and production of these vocalizations are greatly enhanced in males compared to females.... more...

  • Spotted Owlsby Jared Hobbs; Richard Cannings

    Greystone Books 2012; US$ 29.95

    As old-growth forest is increasingly lost to logging, the spotted owl population is declining precipitously in both Canada and the U.S. This beautiful book is a must for anyone who cares about the preservation of nature and the fate of this emblem of the old-growth forest. Jared Hobbs' stunning images capture these nocturnal hunters in flight with... more...