Birdpedia by Christopher W. Leahy audiobook

Birdpedia: A Brief Compendium of Avian Lore

By Christopher W. Leahy
Read by P. J. Ochlan

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A captivating A–Z treasury about birds and birding. Birdpedia is an engaging compendium of bird facts and birding lore. Featuring nearly 200 entries—on topics ranging from plumage and migration to birds in art, literature, and folklore—this enticing collection is brimming with wisdom and wit about all things avian. Christopher Leahy sheds light on "hawk-watching," "twitching," and other rituals from the sometimes mystifying world of birding that entail a good deal more than their names imply. He explains what kind of bird's nests you can eat, why mocking birds mock, and many other curiosities that have induced otherwise sane people to peer into treetops using outrageously expensive optical equipment. Leahy shares illuminating insights about pioneering ornithologists such as John James Audubon and Florence Bailey, and describes unique bird behaviors such as anting, caching, duetting, and mobbing. He discusses avian fossils, the colloquial naming of birds, the science and history of ornithology, and more.

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A captivating A–Z treasury about birds and birding.

Birdpedia is an engaging compendium of bird facts and birding lore. Featuring nearly 200 entries—on topics ranging from plumage and migration to birds in art, literature, and folklore—this enticing collection is brimming with wisdom and wit about all things avian.

Christopher Leahy sheds light on "hawk-watching," "twitching," and other rituals from the sometimes mystifying world of birding that entail a good deal more than their names imply. He explains what kind of bird's nests you can eat, why mocking birds mock, and many other curiosities that have induced otherwise sane people to peer into treetops using outrageously expensive optical equipment. Leahy shares illuminating insights about pioneering ornithologists such as John James Audubon and Florence Bailey, and describes unique bird behaviors such as anting, caching, duetting, and mobbing. He discusses avian fossils, the colloquial naming of birds, the science and history of ornithology, and more.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"[A] marvelous little book, inside and out." Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Full of interesting facts that would delight any ornithologist.” British Naturalist’s Association
"Charming and scholarly." Frank B. Gill, coauthor of Ornithology
“The enthusiastic P.J. Ochlan sounds like an announcer as he narrates ornithologist Leahy's ‘teaser’ for potential birders…He is amusing as he rattles off the many names for the ruddy duck, and he adds to the humor in a droll entry on birds in fiction…Tthe approach serves Leahy's purpose of piquing curiosity.” AudioFile
He [Ochlan] is amusing as he rattles off the many names for the ruddy duck, and he adds to the humor in a droll entry on birds in fiction. AudioFile

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Author Bio: Christopher W. Leahy

Author Bio: Christopher W. Leahy

Christopher W. Leahy holds the Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology (emeritus) at the Massachusetts Audubon Society. His books include Birds of Mongolia and The Birdwatcher's Companion to North American Birdlife.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Nature
Runtime: 7.66
Audience: Adult
Language: English