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The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology
by Tim Birkhead
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"Leading ornithologist Tim Birkhead takes readers on a journey through the wonderful world of birds: conception and egg, territory and song, breeding and migration. In the process, he reveals how birders have overcome centuries-old superstitions and untested truths to achieve a richer and more accurate understanding of birds, detailing the various myths and misconceptions that were believed to be true throughout the ages. It was only in the nineteenth century that the ancient belief that swallows hibernated in the mud at the bottom of ponds finally give way to general acceptance of the facts of migration." "This book is for everyone who has ever been captivated by birds, their flight, their song, their behavior, and their astonishing beauty. With more than one hundred illustrations, many of them rarely seen before, The Wisdom of Birds is a book full of stories, knowledge, and unexpected revelations. Engaging and accessible, it is an illustrated history of birds - and all they have taught us."--BOOK JACKET.
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