Birds Britannica, Hardback Book
5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Birds Britannica is neither an identification guide nor a behavioural study (though both these subjects enter its field).

It covers cultural links; social history; birds as food; ecology; the lore and language of birds; myths, art, literature and music; anecdotes, birdsong and rare facts; modern developments; migration, the seasons and our sense of place.

An attempt to describe the interaction of birds and humans, it captures the essence of why birds matter.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 528 pages, Over 400 images in full colour
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Birds (ornithology)
  • ISBN: 9780701169077



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This is a wonderful book. It is not just a list of all the birds one might see in Britain (although it is). It is not just lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs of each (although it is that, too). It is not just a book of ornithological observations (although they are here, as well). But more than this, it relates the story of each species in its cultural context, in how the people of Britain have thought, wrote and made use of the bird in question. A marvellous book for dipping into and looking up, a treasure hoard to be raided again and again. The only problem is, it's damned heavy.

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A wonderful book to dip into and lose yourself in the history of birds, complete with anecdotes about bird behaviour, colloquial bird names from different parts of the British Isles, and glorious photography. Defititely one for the coffee table, though, not the field!

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