How Birds Work: An Illustrated Guide to the Wonders of Form and Function—from Bones to Beak (How Nature Works) (Paperback)
Engineered by evolution to thrive in the wild
A tiny textbook to learn on your own
How Birds Work goes beyond the typical field guide to show us not only what birds look like but why. Why do many owls have asymmetrical ear openings? (Hint: It helps them pinpoint prey; see page 40.) And why does the Grey Heron rest on one leg at a time? (Hint: Not because it’s tired; see page 66!) Birds boast a spectacular array of adaptations suited to their incredibly diverse diets and habitats. In this in-depth handbook, discover the ways they’re even more astounding than you know—inside and out. Detailed analysis and illustrations illuminate:
- Colors and Patterns
- And much, much more!
About the Author
Marianne Taylor is a writer, illustrator, and wildlife photographer. She’s written more than twenty nature books for adults and children, many illustrated with her own artwork or photographs. She also writes for Birdwatch, the Independent, BBC Wildlife, Country Life, Nature’s Home, and The Lady.
“An excellent introduction to bird biology. . . . Recommended.”—Choice
“Bird-loving bookworms are sure to appreciate.”—Birds Blooms
"How Birds Work is a step-by-step diagram on how to build a bird. It’s filled with solid, detailed information. Combine that with the splendor of the accompanying pictures, and you have a great book that is guaranteed to grab and keep readers’ attention."—Alex Troutman, American Birding Association