73 pages, colour illustrations, 1 colour map
Birds' Nests of the World contains illustrations of bird nests and eggs from around the world – from the Arctic in the north, to the Antarctic in the south. Each bird builds its nest in the spot that it feels is the safest place to hatch its eggs and raise its young. Most bird nests are made from fragile materials, so many birds make a new nest every year. Learning about different kinds of bird nests teaches us not only about the different habits of various species of bird, but also about the important influence the environment has on the way these birds live their lives.
Birds' Nests of the World is divided according to how and where birds build their nests. Each section includes illustrations of the birds, nests and eggs. Along with their names you will also find information on how long the birds are from head to tail, in cm and the regions of the world where they build their nests. The author normally provides a few lines of explanation describing what makes each nest special just below the picture. All these nests can vary widely in size, of course, depending on the environment and on the kinds of materials available. The details given are merely an average. Next to each bird also is a picture of its egg. The number next to the egg tells you how many eggs that bird normally lays in one nest, and in parentheses the average length and breadth in cm, of the eggs. Again, the kind of egg shown in the picture is only an example. The pattern, shape, a number of eggs can vary a lot even within the same species. The letter and number in the brackets next to the name of the region tells you where to find it on the map on pages 4-5.
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Mr. Mamoru Suzuki was born in Tokyo in 1952. He attended Tokyo College of the Arts, and is a professional artist and keen student of the birds of the world. Mr. Suzuki is a renowned author and illustrator for multiple Japanese artistic books on nature, including The Book of Birds' Nests; Nest Poems: A collection of poems and illustrations; and the Black Cat Sangoro series. He has published essays about his own collection of birds' nests, and has exhibited both his artwork and his nests in cities all over the world. In the 1990s, Mr. Suzuki began visiting the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology (WFVZ), a non-profit natural history museum in southern California, to draw and paint bird egg and nest materials in the collections. Mr. Suzuki's artistic books on birds caught the attention of the Staff of the WFVZ, and in 2010, Dr. Linnea Hall (Director of the WFVZ) and Mr. René Corado (Collections Manager) discussed the possibility of translating Mamoru's 2001 book – Birds' Nests of the World – from Japanese into English, and the current project was born.