These beautiful books on birds are sure to be enjoyed by those who love our feathered friends. We have many kinds in England, from garden birds to birds of prey to urban birds like pigeons and doves, to seaside birds. Exotic birds like parrots are best left in the jungle, fortunately there are many sanctuaries for caged birds to go live with others (they fly 30 miles in the wild). Here are books on birds, to help you see feathered friends in new ways. Also see the posts on how to help our garden birds, and how to stop birds flying into windows and a beginner’s guide to birds’ nests.
Birds is a beautifully written guide by wildlife presenter Miranda, with beautiful art by Angela Hardin. From the bitter cold polar regions to the lush tropics, birds have found amazing ways to adapt and survive. Discover mighty peregrine falcons that circle skyscrapers, golden eagles that spot prey from miles away, and learn how an owl’s eyes can change colour as it hunts, and which birds are the fastest, smallest and most clever & colourful.
The Love Lives of Birds looks at the lifelong devotion of the American crow to the dalliances of the eastern bluebird. And the bald eagle’s dazzling aerial display to the male ruby-throated hummingbird’s reputation as a ‘deadbeat dad!’ This lovely book by ornithologist Laura Erickson looks at courtship, mating and parenting in the bird world, which differs dramatically, depending on species.
Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide to British Birds is a lovely unique take on bird-spotting. If you thought that Bill was just the long-haired bearded comedian on QI, prepare to be surprised. This funny (obviously) and personal guide combines Bill’s passion for his favourite birds, along with drawings and notes by himself – a talented artist, to add a string to his bow. And the wording is not ‘Collins Book of Birds!’:
When herons are spooked, they have a habit of vomiting as a defence. Half-digested pieces of eel and water vole skull on your head is not a good look. Just so you know.
This charming and informative book conveys a real love of the natural world, warts and all. And it’s handy to carry around, in a nice pocket size. You’ll find inside:
- A ‘British Birds’ checklist
- A list of the best birdwatching sites in the UK
- Suggestions of bird-spotting equipment
- Information on joining a birdwatching club
Bill takes us on a tour around the British Isles, zooming in on birds that enthuse him the most. You’ll learn what they eat, where they fly to and how they talk to each other. Ideal for children or adults, this book is packed with entertaining info, and will delight anyone who loves birds.