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No group of animals is more visible, ubiquitous and easier to see than birds. From frigatebirds soaring over Rio de Janeiro to bowerbirds displaying in the suburbs of Canberra, penguins in Cape Town to pelicans in San Francisco to huge flocks of starlings roosting around the Colosseum in Rome, the world's cities provide a remarkable array of avian sights, sounds and spectacles.
Urban Aviary provides city-dwellers around the world with a guide to some of the most extraordinary species of birds that live alongside them.
Stephen Moss is a writer and broadcaster who has written the monthly Birdwatch column in the Guardian since 1993. He worked for many years at the world-famous BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol, where his award-winning TV series included Birding with Bill Oddie, Bill Oddie Goes Wild and Springwatch. He is also a regular voice on BBC radio. He has authored a number of books for Aurum, including This Birding Life: The Best of the Guardian's Birdwatch, A Bird in the Bush: A Social History of Birdwatching, A Sky Full of Starlings: A Diary of the Birding Year and Wild Hares and Hummingbirds. He lives in Somerset with his wife Suzanne and five children.
Marc Martin is an illustrator, artist and book maker based in Melbourne, Australia. His illustrations have been commissioned by clients such as Monocle, GQ and Wired. He is the author and illustrator of 5 children's books since 2012.