Saturday, January 28, 2012

Books of a Feather: The Best Bird Books

NOTE:  I love birds.  I love the freedom they represent.  I love that there are so many different kinds of birds.  I never tire of seeing bald eagles flying by the river or a chance sighting of an owl.  There is beauty in nature and if we all took of few moments to notice we would all be a bit happier.  Enjoy!


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The Herring Gull's World: A Study of the Social Behaviour of Birds by Niko Tinbergen (1953)

Although birds are everywhere, too few people own an ornithological book. This particular genre owes much to The Birds of North America (1827-1839) by John James Audubon. It is the most famous of all ornithological works and in December 2010 a copy sold at auction for $11.5 million - a record price for a single printed book. Audubon’s paintings are considered a high point of book art and yet he also contributed much to the discipline of ornithology by discovering 25 new species.
Bird books cover every continent and every species, and the content matter ranges from tiny hummingbirds to nine-foot ostriches. These books include drawings, paintings and photography as well as guides to identification and descriptions of their habitats. Even a small collection of bird books can take you around the world from the hedgerow finches of Britain to the desert owls of Southern Africa and the soaring eagles of Western Canada.
Although birds play a major role in folklore, myths, and popular culture, this selection of books concentrates on their beauty and showcases mainly educational books from the past 120 years. Many copies are highly affordable.
A Flock of Bird Books

Birds of Colorado by Alfred M. Bailey & Robert J. Niedrach (1965)
Birds of Colorado
by Alfred M. Bailey & Robert J. Niedrach (1965)

Covers 420 species. Published by Denver Museum of Natural History.


The Bird Paintings of C. G. Finch-Davies by Alan Kemp (1984)
The Bird Paintings of C. G. Finch-Davies
by Alan Kemp (1984)

100 full page color reproductions of illustrations with descriptive text on the opposite page.


The Wren by Edward A Armstrong (1955)
The Wren
by Edward A Armstrong (1955)

New Naturalist Series, 20 b/w photographs and 41 drawings and diagrams.


Birds and Men by E.M. Nicholson (1951)
Birds and Men
by E.M. Nicholson (1951)

42 color photos by Eric Hosking and others.


Rare Birds in Britain and Ireland by J. N. Dymond et al (1989)
Rare Birds in Britain and Ireland
by J. N. Dymond et al (1989)

More than 300 species from 1958-1985.



Birds of Canada by Earl Godfrey (1966)
Birds of Canada
by Earl Godfrey (1966)

Color illustrations by John A. Crosby and line drawings by S.D. MacDonald.




A Guide to the Birds of Ceylon by G.M. Henry (1979)
A Guide to the Birds of Ceylon
by G.M. Henry (1979)

30 half-tone plates of which 27 are colored, 124 black and white drawings.


George Edward Lodge Unpublished Bird Paintings by C.A. Fleming (1983)
George Edward Lodge Unpublished Bird Paintings
by C.A. Fleming (1983)

89 watercolors reproduced in full color as full-page plates.


British Birds and Their Eggs: With a New Method of Identification by J Maclair Boraston (1909)
British Birds and Their Eggs: With a New Method of Identification
by J Maclair Boraston (1909)

by J Maclair Boraston (1909)


Bird World: A Book for Children by J.H. Stickney (1898)
Bird World: A Book for Children
by J.H. Stickney (1898)

Illustrated with B&W sketches by Ernest Seton Thompson.



British Sporting Birds by F.B. Kirkman & Horace G. Hutchinson
British Sporting Birds
by F.B. Kirkman & Horace G. Hutchinson

Curlew, duck, goose, grouse, mallard, partridge, pheasant, pigeon, plover & more.


Familiar Wild Birds by Walter Swaysland (1883)
Familiar Wild Birds
by Walter Swaysland (1883)

Four volumes. Reprinted several times. Illustrated by A. Thorburn.


The Folklore of Birds by Edward A. Armstrong (1958)
The Folklore of Birds
by Edward A. Armstrong (1958)

New Naturalist series – an examination of ancient bird beliefs with photos and illustrations.


The Glorious Grouse: The Natural and Unnatural History by Brian P. Martin (1990)
The Glorious Grouse: The Natural and Unnatural History
by Brian P. Martin (1990)

Shooting, natural history and game keeping, history and development of the grouse moors.


A Guide to the Birds of Colombia by Steven L. Hilty & William L. Brown (1986)
A Guide to the Birds of Colombia
by Steven L. Hilty & William L. Brown (1986)

Nearly 1,700 species and more than half of all the species of birds in South America.



Birds in Town and Village W.H. Hudson (1919)
Birds in Town and Village
by W.H. Hudson (1919)

8 full-page color plates by legendary illustrator E.J. Detmold


The Book of Indian Birds by Salim Ali (1941)
The Book of Indian Birds
by Salim Ali (1941)

Published by the Bombay Natural History Society, 66 color plates, 22 b/w plates


At the Turn of the Tide: A Book of Wild Birds by Richard Perry (1938)
At the Turn of the Tide: A Book of Wild Birds
by Richard Perry (1938)

Waterside birds - wild geese, wading birds, terns & gulls, petrels & shearwaters, & more.


Birds: The Paintings of Terance James Bond by Terance J. Bond (1989)
Birds: The Paintings of Terance James Bond
by Terance J. Bond (1989)

Fabulous illustrations by one of the great ornithological painters.


The Living Bird by Mary Heimerdinger Clench

The Living Bird
by Mary Heimerdinger Clench

An annual published by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology


Birds of the Bible by Gene Stratton-Porter (1909)


by Gene Stratton-Porter (1909)

81 full page photo illustrations by the author.



Bird Life in Cornwall by B.H. Ryves (1948)
by B.H. Ryves (1948)

16 pen and ink drawings by R. A. Richardson. Took author 27 years of study to compile.



Birds: The Art of Ornithology by Jonathan Elphick (2005)
Birds: The Art of Ornithology
by Jonathan Elphick (2005)

Classic ornithological art from London’s Natural History Museum spanning six centuries


The Owls of Southern Africa by Alan Kemp & Alan Calburn (1987)
The Owls of Southern Africa
by Alan Kemp & Alan Calburn (1987)

A monograph on the 12 species that inhabit the southern African sub-region.


Hummingbirds of Costa Rica by Michael Fogden (2006)
Hummingbirds of Costa Rica
by Michael Fogden (2006)

Features 44 of the 45 species of hummers that inhabit Costa Rica.
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