What It's Like to Be A Bird- From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing What Birds Are Doing, and Why by David Allen Sibley

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What It's Like to Be A Bird- From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing What Birds Are Doing, and Why by David Allen Sibley

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The bird book for birders and nonbirders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing—and why: "Can birds smell?"; "Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?"; "Do robins 'hear' worms?""The book's beauty mirrors the beauty of birds it describes so marvelously." —NPR In What It's Like to Be a Bird, David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often. This special, large-format volume is geared as much to nonbirders as it is to the out-and-out obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author. While its focus is on familiar backyard birds—blue jays, nuthatches, chickadees—it also examines certain species that can be fairly easily observed, such as the seashore-dwelling Atlantic puffin. David Sibley's exacting artwork and wide-ranging expertise bring observed behaviors vividly to life. (For most species, the primary illustration is reproduced life-sized.) And while the text is aimed at adults—including fascinating new scientific research on the myriad ways birds have adapted to environmental changes—it is nontechnical, making it the perfect occasion for parents and grandparents to share their love of birds with young children, who will delight in the big, full-color illustrations of birds in action.

  • Author - David Allen Sibley
  • Publisher - Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication Date - 04-14-2020
  • Page Count - 240
  • Hardcover
  • Adult
  • Nature and Wildlife
  • Product dimensions - 8.6 W x 11.1 H x 1 D
  • ISBN-13 - 9780062885463

Web ID: 14043850

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    Pistol Creek Birder
    Jan 10, 2022
    from CT
    Great fun to read!

    So many interesting, fantastic facts about birds. They are incredible creations! Easy to pick up and read one section at a time. A great browsing book. Keep it by the couch. Lovely illustrations.

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    owl who?
    Jul 17, 2020
    from fair haven vt.
    no index

    returned this book no index if it had an index I would have kept this book along with my other Sibley books

    Customer review from barnesandnoble.com
    Jun 19, 2020
    from B&N Home Office
    Birds in a Time of Quarantine

    As someone who falls into the "nonbirder" category, I found this book fascinating, informative, comprehensive, and beautiful. Over the last few months I've been paying much closer attention to the wildlife outside my window, so I was definitely drawn to the approachability of this guide. The varying illustrations are absolutely wonderful.

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    Mary A
    Jun 16, 2020
    from Modena NY
    Great for Every Bird Lover

    Cardinals are one of my favorite birds. I’m always reading and learning more about them all the time. This book is absolutely wonderful. Beautiful graphics of the species referred to. More importantly, there is more detailed information about some birds that go beyond the other books I’ve read. It mentions every little nuance of the bird, from soup to nuts. Naturally, every single species could not be co tai Ed I’m one nook but certainly can appreciate the ones included. Having had a bird feeder in my yard for over 20 years, I can never get enough of birds. This is one book every series bird watcher and/or bird lover should own. I received an advanced reader copy at no cost from NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving my review.

    Customer review from barnesandnoble.com
    May 28, 2020
    from Boston, MA
    Beautiful & Informative

    What It's Like To Be A Bird is a gorgeous book! It is filled with information about all different aspects of bird life, and I learned something on every page. David Allen Sibley is an expert in the field, and this is a wonderful work that combines detail with breadth. But for me the highlight of this book is the art - so many birds rendered in extraordinary detail and color. Reading this book is a relaxing escape into this one facet of nature - such a treat. This would be a wonderful gift for a bird lover of any age (or anyone decorating a new home who might appreciate a beautiful coffee table book! Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Customer review from barnesandnoble.com
    May 07, 2020
    from Placentia, CA
    Outstanding, Highly Informative Book

    This book provides a banquet of information. Sibley's drawings show bird behavior that would be difficult to see or photograph. And the text adds up to being a course on how birds live. In addition, you can open the book to any page and find something interesting. This book is a delight to read. I strongly recommend it.

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