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Around the World in 80 Birds

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The white 'eyebrows' of a Great Grey Owl that actually sit on each side of his beak like migrating hairy caterpillars. Their avian abilities also mean they can escape danger and relatively easily re-settle which makes them highly adaptive too.

I think at least 50% of these short bird essays ended by mentioning that the birds are at risk of extinction due to habitat or food loss, global warming, or harmful human intervention. Their common prey and predators, and other images and symbols most commonly associated with each bird -- such as the distinctive man-made houses built for purple martins or the green swarm cloud of budgerigars in the wild -- are also portrayed, sometimes in insets, sometimes in two-page spreads. It's a remarkable show of artistic versatility, made even more impressive by the time constraints alluded to in the afterword. The only thing that would make me enjoy this even more, is if it was a nature television series with Attenborough narrating.

The concept seems a bit dated with a personal selection of best birds based on geographic representation, unusual habits and beauty.

El mundo de las aves es un mundo sorprendente, y con los años, conforme ha ido aumentando mi contacto con la naturaleza y los animales, y mi búsqueda constante de la belleza, ha ido también creciendo mi admiración e interés por ellas. I don't dub myself a bird enthusiast but after reading this I've gained a greater appreciation for the diversity and the lore behind each bird.It felt weird whipsawing back and forth across, for example, the Indian Ocean between entries instead of gradually leading from one region the next, but that's honestly a very minor critique. I'd never heard of the oilbird or the purple-crested turaco before but my world is much the richer for having learned about them here. I'm very taken with Australia's southern cassowary, a 'living dinosaur', weighing 154lb and not to be trifled with. A really beautiful book with some great tidbits and facts about 80 different birds from around the world. Small chapters make this series a perfect bedside book, dipping into at night for a relaxing read, though it never really works like that as I again devoured this whole book in one sitting.

The only criticism I have of this otherwise magnificent book is how occasionally scattershot the geography feels. From the Sociable Weaver Bird to the Bar-headed Goose of China, Unwin takes a global survey of some of the most important, intriguing and influential birds on the planet in this exquisite volume boasting gorgeous artwork from Ryuto Miyake.In accordance with The Post Office, the last recommended date for Christmas posting is 18th December (2nd Class) and 20th December (First class).

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