In Book of Birds: Introduction to Ornithology, John Faaborg, renowned expert on avian ecology and conservation, brings a fresh and accessible sensibility to the study of ornithology. In this beautifully illustrated volume, Faaborg's approachable writing style will engage students and birders alike while introducing them to the study of the evolution, taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, diversity, and behaviour of birds. With its unique focus on ecology, the text emphasizes birds' relationships with the environment and other species while showing the amazing diversity of avian life.
Faaborg pays special attention to the roles that competition, community structure, and reproductive behaviour play in the astonishingly varied and interesting lives of birds seen around the world. He discusses variations in anatomy, morphology, and behaviour; explains why such vast diversity exists; and explores the ways in which different birds can share the same spaces. Artist Claire Faaborg brings the science behind this diversity to life through her unique, hand-drawn artwork throughout the book.
Combining vibrant visuals and knowledgeable insights, Book of Birds offers readers a firm foundation in the field of ornithology and an invaluable resource for understanding birds from an ecological and evolutionary perspective.
John Faaborg is professor emeritus of biological sciences at the University of Missouri. He is the author of Saving Migrant Birds: Developing Strategies for the Future and resides in Columbia, Missouri. Claire Faaborg is an artist specializing in drawing and scientific illustration based in Denver, Colorado.