A History of Birds

Simon Wills

 
Date Published :
January 2018
Publisher :
White Owl
Language:
English
Illustration :
120 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781526701558
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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$24.95

Overview
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Even the most well-informed wildlife enthusiast will be entertained by the stories and fascinating facts in the beautifully illustrated book.

Our ancestors hunted, tamed, worshipped and depicted birds, and even bestowed magical properties upon them. Why did ancient writers consider the sparrow a lustful creature? Which bird was killed and hung up to predict the weather? And what was an 'arse-foot'?

Wildlife photographer and history journalist Simon Wills explores the intriguing and at times bizarre stories behind our relationship with birds. Find out why robins feature on Christmas cards, and how Mozart was persuaded to keep a pet starling. What bird did Florence Nightingale carry around in her pocket? How did the blue tit get its name?

Whole careers have been created around birds – from falconers to ostrich farmers – and birds have had great symbolic importance too. Discover, for example, why Raleigh bicycles carry a heron logo and why church lectems are in the shape of an eagle.

If you enjoy wildlife, then this book is full of surprises. Pigeons were trained to carry messages in wartime, but could gulls be taught to hunt U-boats? And which American president's parrot started swearing at his funeral?

About The Author
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Simon Wills is a history journalist and genealogist who writes regularly for magazines such as _Family Tree_ and _Discover your Ancestors_. He advises and has appeared in the TV programme Who Do You Think You Are? and contributes to the magazine of the same name. Simon gives history presentations and interviews at national and local events all around the UK for organisations such as The National Archives, Chalke Valley History Festival, National Trust, and the BBC. He is also a dedicated wildlife and nature photographer, and all the photographs in this book were taken by him.

REVIEWS
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“Rather than share basic facts on various bird species, journalist and wildlife photographer Wills has compiled some intriguing stories from the history of the human relationship with birds, including their symbolism in art, literature, religion, and folklore… This captivating book will delight bird fans.”

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