Cat Among the Pigeons: A riotous assembly of unrespectable African creatures

Cat Among the Pigeons: A riotous assembly of unrespectable African creatures


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In an irreverent but loving treatise on the creatures of South Africa and beyond, David Muirhead features eccentric animal behaviors in his native home. Mixing folklore and legend with a heavy dose of science, Muirhead leaves no wart unexamined in these tales of unrespectable animals. A book for those delighted to discover what “pronking” means, or that for pythons, swallowing a porcupine whole is the easy part; it's afterwards when the anxiety really starts.

Cat Among the Pigeons allows us to laugh our way to a reconnection with the creatures we co-evolved with, highlighting their importance to our collective past and precarious futures. A reminder in our increasingly urban world that the strange and fantastical still roam, crawl, wiggle, swim and soar through the terrestrial and aquatic world, ready to delight and surprise us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733547406
Publisher: Catalyst Press
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Muirhead was born and raised in East Africa and his fascination and love for African wildlife began at an early age. He was educated at schools in Uganda, Kenya and the UK, and attended St Andrews University in Scotland, graduating with a degree in Philosophy.

His career has spanned finance, trade development, economic research, publishing and journalism, and he has worked all over Africa, as well as in Europe and the Middle East. He is currently a freelance journalist and writes for magazines, notably Wildside, a South African ecotourism and nature conservation magazine which he founded in 1999 in partnership with KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation (now KZN Wildlife).

He has authored several books, including The Curious Case of the Imaginary Tourist, a collection of satirical and humorous short stories which drew acclaim from the British press, and a novel, The Clamour King, published in London. Random House's Struik Nature imprint published his two anthologies of riotous, irrespectable essays on animals, which have been combined into one volume for North America.

He now lives near Cape Town and is married with two children and two grandchildren. His daughter and her family live in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

Patricia de Villiers is an artist, illustrator and designer. She has been active as a cultural worker since the early 1970s contributing to various community organisations including the Community Arts Project in the 1980s.

Brian J. Olsen, Ph.D., is an ornithologist. He is an Associate Professor of Biology & Ecology; Chair of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Conservation Biology; and Director of the Ecology & Environmental Sciences Program at the University of Maine in Orono.

Table of Contents

1. Intro

2. Orca

3. Springbok

4. Waterbuck

5. Firefly

6. Elephants

7. Bat-Eared Fox

8. Dragonfly

9. Banded Mongoose

10. Squirrel

11. Penguin

12.Wild dogs

13. Hadeda

14. Python

15. Vlei Rat

16. Cockroach

17. Spring Hare

18. Caracal

19. Cookoo

20. Vervet Monkeys

21. Rhino

22. Albatross

23. Lion

24. Marabou Stork

25. Golden Orb-web Spider

26. African Buffalo

27. Leopards

28. Lammergeier

29. Pangolin

30. Night Jar

31. Brown Hyena

32. Coelacanth

33. Gorilla

34. Gemsbok

35. Hedgehog

36. Wasps

37. Wildebeest

38. Gecko

39. Rain Frog


45. Honey Bee

46. Octopus

47. Dassie

48. Honey Badger

49. Hamerkop

50. Hippo

51. Klipspringer

52. Spotted Hyena

53. Secretary Bird

54. Otter

55. Praying Mantis

56. Warthog

57. Eland

58. Crow

59. Kingfisher

60. Dugong

61. Boomslang

62. Guinea Fowl

63. Barn Owl

64. Crocodiles

65. Mole Rats

66. Pelicans

67. Baboons

68. Porcupine

69. Egyptian goose

70. Zebra

71. Cheetah

72. Ground-hornbill

73. Dung beetle

74. Leatherback Turtle

75. Bats

76. Bushbabies

77. Chameleon

78. Seahorse.

79. Monitor Lizard

80. Giraffe

81. Flamingo

82. Black Jacketed Jackal

83. Ostrich

84. Seals

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From the Publisher

"You may know some of these animals well; others you might not have heard of. But one thing's for certain: this clever, breezy book delivers delightful surprises on every page, along with a bracing dose of wonder." — Sy Montgomery, author of Tamed and Untamed: Close Encounters of the Animal Kind

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