From the everyday birds we see in our backyards to the rare species that we might never catch a glimpse of, the world of birds is vast and varied. They can be found in every habitat on earth, including penguins in the Antarctic, flycatchers in tropical forests, and flamingos on Caribbean shores. Using beautifully coloured illustrations, this book showcases a select few from this diverse class of animals. Water birds, including ducks and herons, songbirds, birds of prey, cuckoos, woodpeckers and hummingbirds are all featured to show the range of avian life around us. With information about courtship displays, breeding strategies, nesting habits and egg types, The Little Book of Birds is a handy guide to their lifestyles, habitats and plumage.
Mark E. Hauber is a behavioural ecologist and conservation scientist in the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he is the Harley Jones Van Cleave Professor of Host-Parasite Interactions. He is the author of The Book of Eggs (Ivy Press) and a regular contributor to scientific journals.