Birdpedia: A Brief Compendium of Bird Lore

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Birdpedia is a captivating A–Z treasury about birds and birding, filled with both 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.  

Leahy shares illuminating insights about pioneering ornithologists such as Roger Tory Peterson, Elliott Coues, and Florence Bailey. He 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, poetry, painting and more. The book's portable size (4.5 " x 6.8") makes it a perfect gift.  With charming illustrations by Abby McBride, it is certain to delight seasoned birders and armchair naturalists alike.  

Expert naturalist and author Christopher W. Leahy holds the Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology (Emeritus) at the Massachusetts Audubon Society.  Abby McBride is a sketch biologist.  She travels globally to write and illustrate stories about ecological research for outlets such as National Geographic and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Hardcover with 260 pages.