A History of Birds

A History of Birds

Book - 2017
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"Even the most well-informed wildlife enthusiasts will be captivated by the stories and fascinating facts in this beautifully illustrated book. Our ancestors were as interested in birds as we are, but often for different reasons. They hunted, tamed, worshipped and depicted birds, and even bestowed magical properties upon them. Wildlife photographer and history journalist Simon Wills explores the intriguing and at times bizarre stories behind our relationship with birds. Find out why robins feature on Christmas cards, the motivation for the Romans' special relationship with woodpeckers, and how Mozart was persuaded to keep a pet starling. What bird did Florence Nightingale carry around in her pocket? How did the blue tit get its name? Whole careers have been created around birds -- from falconers to ostrich farmers -- and birds have had great symbolic importance too. Discover, for example, why Raleigh bicycles carry the logo of a heron and why church lecterns are often in the shape of an eagle. If you love wildlife, then this book is full of surprises. Whether you simply enjoy the birds in your garden or are a seasoned birder, this book will entertain and delight you."--Page [2] of cover.
Publisher: Barnsley, South Yorkshire : White Owl, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781526701558
Branch Call Number: 598 WIL
Characteristics: vii, 180 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm


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