What It's Like to Be A Bird

What It's Like to Be A Bird

From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing -- What Birds Are Doing, and Why

eBook - 2020
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The bird book for birders and nonbirders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing--and why

"Can birds smell?" "Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?" "Do robins 'hear' worms?" In What It's Like to Be a Bird, David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often. This special, large-format volume is geared as much to nonbirders as it is to the out-and-out obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author. While its focus is on familiar backyard birds--blue jays, nuthatches, chickadees--it also examines certain species that can be fairly easily observed, such as the seashore-dwelling Atlantic puffin. David Sibley's exacting artwork and wide-ranging expertise bring observed behaviors vividly to life. (For most species, the primary illustration is reproduced life-sized.) And while the text is aimed at adults--including fascinating new scientific research on the myriad ways birds have adapted to environmental changes--it is nontechnical, making it the perfect occasion for parents and grandparents to share their love of birds with young children, who will delight in the big, full-color illustrations of birds in action. Unlike any other book he has written, What It's Like to Be a Bird is poised to bring a whole new audience to David Sibley's world of birds.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020
ISBN: 0525520295
9780525520290 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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GummiGirl
Oct 21, 2020

Beautiful and informative, it sometimes seems to be written for children but includes lots of fairly sophisticated facts. Would make a great gift for a nature-loving family.

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IrishMoon
Sep 07, 2020

Very interesting and informative! I'd love to own my own copy.

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pamvalgibson
Sep 02, 2020

This is a colorful book which would make a good gift for the budding naturalist on your list. But, it is too basic for any serious birder.

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mclarjh
Aug 26, 2020

Interesting facts, but repetitive; dry narration; explanations confusing; for general audience.

JessicaGma Aug 18, 2020

Perfect for any bird nerds in your life - it's not a book you pick up and read cover to cover but rather where you can peruse facts and learn about various species' special adaptations. It's a lovely book, and can give an amateur birder more information about how birds work

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patcarstensen
Jul 01, 2020

Everyone will have complaints about missing birds -- the book doesn't have catbirds and our brown-headed nuthatches. I wish I could keep the book for more than 2 weeks.

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rcplrozkutler
May 27, 2020

Even without an index, this book is a treasure and may open up the world of birds for new bird lovers. The paintings are gorgeous, and it's packed with of amazing facts about the world of birds drawn from new research. Dig in.

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brangwinn
May 24, 2020

I’ve joined a couple of Facebook Northwest bird watching groups, and the author of this book often shows up as a reference. Without that background I might have skimmed right over this book. Sibley is a bird authority and his books are illustrated with his drawings. Among the many drawings in this book is a lot of information. It’s a reference book, not designed to be read from front to back. It’s terrible to read on a Kindle, but if you’re like me and sitting around watching birds, its is worth the hardback price. Because it is a coffee table book, not meant for taking out in the field, you get too view his drawings sometimes almost life size. And then you learn stuff like a bird will lose 10% of their body weight overnight. Perfect for social isolation, this means if you ate like a bird, you would eat 25 pizzas in a day. As a librarian, I was saddened there was no standard index---so prepare lots of post-a-notes for bookmarks. Just don’t waste your money on the Kindle version.

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shumblebird
Feb 05, 2020

One copy of the new book by the King of the Bird Guides for all of Washington County & it’s all the way out in Hillsboro? I think not! It simply won’t do.

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Sep 14, 2020

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