The Life of Birds

The Life of Birds

Book - 1998
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In conjunction with a PBS series, a world-famous nature writer offers a fascinating close-up look, featuring color photographs, at the nature of birds' lives, from rainforests to urban high-rises, examining defense mechanisms, mating strategies, and much more. TV tie-in. 50,000 first printing. UP.

Princeton University Press

Based on the spectacular ten-part program on PBS, The Life of Birds is David Attenborough at his characteristic best: presenting the drama, beauty, and eccentricities of the natural world with unusual flair and intelligence. The renowned writer and filmmaker treks through rain forests and deserts, through city streets and isolated wilderness, to bring us an illuminating panorama of every aspect of birds' lives--from their songs to their search for food, from their eggs and nests to their mastery of the air. Beautifully illustrated with more than a hundred color photographs, the book will delight and inform both bird lovers and any general reader with an interest in nature.

Attenborough begins at the beginning: reviewing ideas about how and when creatures first took to the air--and why ostriches, kiwis, and other flightless birds later returned to the ground. He introduces us to the marvels of flight. We encounter the albatross, which can soar for hours without flapping its wings; hummingbirds that beat their wings two hundred times a minute; and the swift, which eats, sleeps, and mates in mid-air. We read about birds' extraordinary methods of hunting and gathering--about crows that use twigs and leaves to hook and harpoon insects, and eagles that can stamp venomous snakes to death. Attenborough explains why and how birds sing and why many have such dazzling plumage. He reviews courtship and mating strategies, including the extravagant dances of cranes and the bizarre and ornate pavilions that male bowerbirds build to attract females. We learn how birds defend their young against predators. Attenborough explains how birds have colonized the globe more effectively than any other vertebrates, adapting to Antarctic winters and African summers, to vast oceans and the densest, most polluted cities. He also outlines the threat that humans pose to many species, showing how we have already driven many to extinction.

The book presents birds in all their complexity and glory, revealing in clear and elegant prose Attenborough's infectious sense of wonder about the rich variety of life on Earth.

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A survey of birds around the world explores their nesting, hunting, mating, and parenting behavior, and describes the threat to their existence presented by man

Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 1998
Description: 320 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm
ISBN: 9780691016337
Branch Call Number: 598.15 Att


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Nov 17, 2019

I have to tell ya - Looking through this beautifully presented book of illustrations and text has certainly encouraged a renewed interest in birds for me. Yep. It sure has.

Yeah. I think it's really amazing to see what a vast diversity there is in the wide world of birds.

From owls, to flamingos, to peacocks, to hummingbirds, and to so much more - "The Life Of Birds" is definitely the sort of book that is sure to spark an equal curiosity and fascination in these fine feathered creatures with most readers, as well. I'm sure.

Nov 12, 2019

This impressive pictorial documentation is to be regarded as a companion to the 10-part, televised BBC series of the same name (which was broadcast back in 1998).

Containing hundreds of excellent photographic images (for your viewing pleasure) - "The Life of Birds" not only presents these amazing creatures in all of their complexity and glory - But, it also reveals (in a clear and informative narrative) a profound sense of wonder about the rich variety of life that exists on this planet (that needs to be protected).

Mar 01, 2015

David Attenborough always has an amazing way of inspiring you to see life in such a fantastic way!
My inspiration to learn about more birds has never been so mesmerising! I feel like a kid again :)

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