Amazing Birds: A Treasury of Facts and Trivia about the Avian World

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Barrons, 2007 - Nature - 160 pages
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For lovers of birds and trivia, this captivating book features a wealth of fascinating facts, figures, and folklore about our feathered friends. It's beautifully illustrated throughout with colorful artworks, photographs, and diagrams.
  • Over 400 nuggets of information drawn from nature, science, history, and mythology are sure to astound, amuse, and entertain
  • Find the answers to these burning questions: How light is a feather? Are owls really wise? Why do birds migrate? How do they know where to go?
  • Be amazed by the weird world of these winged wonders, from the largest ever recorded egg--equivalent to 220 chicken eggs--to the world's strangest bird, which has claws on its wings
  • Includes practical advice such as how to attract birds to your garden and how to teach a parrot to talk, and encourages a new appreciation of these awesome creatures of the air
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    Birds are the most homogeneous and recognizable of all animal groups--they all have feathers and lay eggs, many sing, and most fly. In almost any environment, whether in a town or the countryside, it is difficult not to see numerous types of bird. Of all outdoor hobbies, bird-watching is growing at the fastest rate, and many people enjoy keeping birds as pets.
    Because birds are colorful, vocal, and daylight-loving creatures, they have been observed and studied for thousands of years. From carvings in Egyptian caves to today's movies and books, bird images are everywhere. And for good reason--they are fascinating. They hear and see much better than humans can, have developed the power of flight, and are found everywhere in the world except the center of Antarctica. As homogeneous as they are, many birds have diversified in amazing ways, from penguins that incubate their eggs on top of their feet for 60 days to brush turkeys that do not sit on their eggs at all, and from the giant albatross of the oceans to the tiny hummingbird of the tropics.
    A treasure trove of varied information, this book provides the answers to many puzzling questions about our feathered friends. With its entirely random organization, Amazing Birds is perfect for browsing through and stumbling upon unexpected nuggets of fascinating information juxtaposed with strange stories and practical tips.
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    Dr. Roger Lederer is Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences at California State University, Chico, where he has taught for more than 30 years, including courses in ornithology, conservation, and ecology. Dr. Lederer has given many public presentations and workshops, and has published more than 30 scientific papers and books, including two field guides to birds. Focusing on environmental education in recent years, Dr. Lederer served as the first Jack Rawlins Professor of Environmental Literacy at California State University, Chico.
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    Dr. Roger Lederer is Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at California State University, Chico. His expertise is in ecology and ornithology, and he has published over 30 scientific research papers and six books, including Ecology and Field Biology, Amazing Birds, and Birds of New England. He has been consulted by many organizations and individuals, including: the BBC, National Geographic, National Public Radio, National Canadian Television, the Guinness Book of World Records, and New Scientist. He maintains the popular website,

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