Birdpedia is an engaging illustrated compendium of bird facts and birding lore. Featuring nearly 200 entries – on topics ranging from plumage and migration to birds in art, literature, and folklore – this enticing collection is brimming with wisdom and wit about all things avian.
Christopher Leahy sheds light on "hawk-watching", "twitching", and other rituals from the sometimes mystifying world of birding that entail a good deal more than their names imply. He explains what kind of bird's nests you can eat, why mocking birds mock, and many other curiosities that have induced otherwise sane people to peer into treetops using outrageously expensive optical equipment. Leahy shares illuminating insights about pioneering ornithologists such as John James Audubon and Florence Bailey, and describes unique bird behaviours such as anting, caching, duetting, and mobbing. He discusses avian fossils, the colloquial naming of birds, the science and history of ornithology, and more. The book's convenient size makes it the perfect travelling companion to take along on your own avian adventures.
With charming illustrations by Abby McBride, Birdpedia is a marvellous mix of fact and fancy that is certain to delight seasoned birders and armchair naturalists alike.
Christopher W. Leahy holds the Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology (Emeritus) at the Massachusetts Audubon Society. His books include Birds of Mongolia and The Birdwatcher's Companion to North American Birdlife (Princeton).
Abby McBride is a sketch biologist. She travels globally to write and illustrate stories about ecological research for outlets such as National Geographic and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
"This book is a banquet, each entry a delightful course. And the reader is seated right next to the party's best raconteur."
– Edward S. Brinkley, author of the National Wildlife Federation Field Guide to Birds of North America
"Charming and scholarly."
– Frank B. Gill, coauthor of Ornithology