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Starlings and Humans on the Continuum of Life

A review by Capper Nichols

Mozart’s Starling, by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Little, Brown, and Company, 2017

288 pages, softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14944

Out in the California desert, a dozen starlings perched in the branches of a spindly honey mesquite. The tree grew out of a concrete island at a roadside oasis, [read more…]

A Beauty of an Introduction to an Idea of Beauty

A review by Manuel Lerdau

The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World—and Us, by Richard Prum

Doubleday 2017

428 pages—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14815

Rick Prum’s The Evolution of Beauty has been reviewed many times in both the popular and the professional scientific press. My [read more…]

A State Birding Guide for the Modern E-era

A review by Chris Loscalzo

Birding in Connecticut, by Frank Gallo

Wesleyan University Press 2018

488 pages—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14860

With its temperate climate, extensive coastline, and large tracts of open space ranging from mature forests to grassy fields, Connecticut is a superb place to see a great variety of birds [read more…]

If You Look, Your World Will Change

A review by Julia Zarankin

The Meaning of Birds, by Simon Barnes

Pegasus Books 2018

208 pages—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14938

The first time I went birding, I ended up in a park on the western edge of Toronto face to face with a flotilla of ducks. According to my fellow birdwatchers, we [read more…]

A Sense of Loss, and Some Hope for the Future

A review by Sanford Sorkin

North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring, by Bruce M. Beehler

Smithsonian Books, 2018

264 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14864

Many books tell interesting stories; very few inspire us. Bruce Beehler’s North on the Wing corrects any simplistic notions we may have [read more…]

A Luxurious Look at a One-of-a-kind Work of Art

A review by Sandra Paci

The Wall of Birds: One Planet / 243 Families / 375 Million Years

by Jane Kim with Thayer Walker

Harper Design 2018

224 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14911

This profusely illustrated book tells the fascinating story behind the artist and scientific illustrator Jane Kim’s creation of a [read more…]

At The Top of the Pecking Order

A review by Caitlin Kight

Woodpecker, by Gerard Gorman

Reaktion Books, 2018

180 pages, softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14922

Gerard Gorman’s Woodpecker is the latest volume in Reaktion Books’ Animal Series, a handsome collection of lavishly illustrated books that explore the natural and cultural history of a range of iconic animals. By examining [read more…]

Wild Anecdotes and Curious Asides

A review by Lori Potter

Birdmania: A Remarkable Passion for Birds, by Bernd Brunner, translated by Jane Billinghurst

Greystone Books, 2017

292 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14791

The book jacket of Birdmania advises that its contents are “quirky.” Soon enough, we learn that this disclosure is not misleading. The book’s quirkiness [read more…]

Welcome to the Jungle

A review by Rob Fergus

The New Neotropical Companion, by John Kricher

Princeton University Press, 2017

432 pages, softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14727 or Amazon.com

The American tropics host some of the world’s most beautiful and charismatic birds. But birding there can be tough. Dazzling looks at radiant displays of iridescence may come [read more…]

A New Resource for an Old Mecca

A review by Marcia OBara

Birding Southeast Arizona App, by Tucson Audubon Society and the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory

For Apple iOS and Android Devices

Available for purchase and download at TucsonAudubon.org

I live in Southeast Arizona, and I love birding here. For years our go-to guide and constant companion has been Tucson Audubon’s spiral-bound [read more…]