Birder's Companion

Birder's Companion

by Stephen Moss, Clive Dobson
     
 

Answers to 450 common (and uncommon) questions about birds.

Did you know that an extraordinary six million mallard ducks have been banded? And that an even more extraordinary one million of those have been recovered? Or that the female of a species, not the male, usually chooses a mate? Or that birds are hardly "bird-brained" but actually quite smart?

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Overview

Answers to 450 common (and uncommon) questions about birds.

Did you know that an extraordinary six million mallard ducks have been banded? And that an even more extraordinary one million of those have been recovered? Or that the female of a species, not the male, usually chooses a mate? Or that birds are hardly "bird-brained" but actually quite smart?

This friendly, fact-filled browser is perfect for birders, bird enthusiasts, students and the curious. Accurate, comprehensive and fun to read, the author's answers reveal a compelling world of feathers, beaks, flight, mating, nesting, migration, sleep, song and much, much more.

Bird expert Stephen Moss responds to 450 queries submitted by birders, beginners and experts alike. For example:

  • Do birds have knees?
  • How many feathers does a bird have?
  • Why do many birds have dark wingtips?
  • Why are our songbirds declining?
  • Do birds ever fly backwards?
  • Does weather affect migrating birds?
  • Why don't ducks' feet freeze in winter?
  • Are birds dinosaurs, or were dinosaurs birds?
  • Why don't flying birds collide?
  • Which senses help a bird find food?
  • Do birds sing the same song all the time?
  • Why do birds sing mainly at dawn?
  • Are all eggs the same shape?

The author's responses are informative, surprising and often entertaining, and the illustrations are appropriately lighthearted. This lively new book is a birder delight.

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Editorial Reviews

Science News
Moss, author of several books on birds, wants to put push bird-watchers to the next level with this information-packed guide.
Almonte Gazette - Lynda C. Bennett
A wonderful little book.
Good Times - Liz Grogan
Moss answers 450 bird-related questions in his informative and entertianing book, which also includes fun-filled facts and beautiful illustrations by Clive Dobson.
Muskoka Today - Lois Cooper
The pièce de résistance for birding... A book everyone can benefit from reading; a book that will help the reader enjoy the world around them more.
Southern California Life After 50
You don't have to be a birder to be fascinated by the information in Birder's Companion.
Grand Magazine (Kitchener ON) - Carolyn Gruske
Packed with bird facts on everything from feeding to flight patterns to the songs they sing. Its Q & A format --450 in total--is easy to manoeuvre.
Science Books and Films
The title of this book is a bit misleading, because anyone with the slightest interest in birds would enjoy it.... Best suited for someone just beginning to learn about birds, the book also presents facts that even seasoned birders will appreciate. A broad range of topics is covered, from the evolutionary history of birds to their physiology, behavior, and habitats. This book would be useful in sparking an interest in birds or as a quick source of new facts for someone with knowledge about birds.
American Reference Books Annual 2008 - Charles Leck
There are many fascinating facts provided in this handy spectrum of avian information. It is recommended for public reference and enjoyment.
Canadian Field Naturalist, vol. 120, no. 3, Jul-Se - Clive E. Goodwin
The book is very well thought-out, up-to-date, and quite accurate... This book would appeal to novice birders or anyone with a mild interest in birds... It's an easy read, best taken in small doses, and you'll probably find some things you didn't know.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554072125
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
03/15/2007
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Moss is the author of several books on birds, including The Birdfriendly Garden and A Bird in the Bush: A Social History of Birdwatching. He lives in London, where he produces a wildlife series for BBC radio.

Clive Dobson is a versatile artist and illustrator with many books to his credit, including Tex and Watersheds. He lives near Peterborough, Ontario.

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