Reader reviews for Bird : A Natural History of Who Birds Are, Where They Cam...

Too pedantic for me. Definitely picked up some interesting bits about the life and history of birds. The amusing asides mostly were distracting.
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Synopsis All animals are equal - but some, as George Orwell said, are more equal than others, and birds, most people would surely agree, are in the very first rank. They can do almost everything that mammals can do - and more. By mastering flight, they have a way of living that encompasses the whole world. In The Secret Life of Birds, Colin Tudge explores the life of birds, all around the globe. From the secrets of migration to their complicated family lives, their differing habitats and survival techniques to the secrets of flight, this is a fascinating account of how birds live, why they matter, and whether they really are dinosaurs. Colin Tudge shows how birds - who are like us in the general sense but very different in the particulars - live and think. For birds have minds: they feel, they are aware, they work things out. And so, by considering the birds, asking how and why it is possible for them to be so different, we gain insight into ourselves. Birds are beautiful, lively, intriguing - and all around us. This rich and endlessly absorbing book opens up their lives to everyone.
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With some 200 bird books in my natural history library, The Bird will remain on the top of the heap. A beautifully written, fascinating history of these feathered creatures.
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This book is incredible! The subtitle says it's about who birds are, where they came from and how they live - it does all of that and more!The book is full of fascinating little pieces about individual birds. This is a book to savour - the richness of the stories, descriptions of the birds and what they get up and why is inspiring. I want to go through the whole book highlighting paragraphs! I guarantee that there would be more text highlighted than left unmarked!The chapter: All the Birds in the world: An annotated cast list took a lot of reading but will become a superb reference work. The chapter on the Mind of Birds was the biggest highlight for me in a book full of highlights!Buy this book, read this book and treasure this book - an outstanding piece of work!
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A wonderful survey of the natural history of birds. The sections on the evolution of birds were particularly enlightening - in terms of their historical evolutionary relationships and what it means in terms of their similarities to and differences from with mammals. You come away with a real sense of the uniqueness and magnificence of birdlife.
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