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The Life of Birds Hardcover – 15 October 1998

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Product details

  • Publisher : Princeton University Press; 1st edition (15 October 1998)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 069101633X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0691016337
  • Dimensions : 18.26 x 2.95 x 26.06 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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A highly readable and vibrantly photographed survey of bird behavior. . . . Ample color photos illustrate the quirks of evolution that Attenborough playfully describes and highlight the scope of his project. . . . This is not a long book. But it is an extraordinarily rich one.

Each chapter is an entertaining and chatty essay that rambles amiably through a series of observations from the ornithological literature. Nearly every page is graced with stunning photographs of wild birds in the most beautiful plumages or performing unusual postures or behaviors. The book is an easy read that covers an enormous amount of information on the biology of birds.

About the Author

Sir David Attenborough, a Fellow of the Royal Society, is also a Trustee of the British Museum and an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. He is an internationally esteemed producer and has written the books accompanying his television series Trials of Life, The Living Planet, Life on Earth, and The Private Life of Plants. The latter book was a number-one bestseller in the United Kingdom and is available from Princeton.

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