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Birds and people

Author: Mark Cocker; David Tipling; Jonathan Elphick; John Fanshawe
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Part natural history and part cultural study, this book describes and maps the entire spectrum of human engagements with birds, drawing in themes of history, literature, art, cuisine, language, lore, politics, and the environment. Vast in both scope and scale, it draws upon Mark Cocker's 40 years of observing and thinking about birds to celebrate this relationship. The book is as important for its visual riches as  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Cocker; David Tipling; Jonathan Elphick; John Fanshawe
ISBN: 0224081748 9780224081740
OCLC Number: 840431589
Awards: Short-listed for Society of Biology Book of the Year 2014 (UK)
Short-listed for East Anglian Book Award for General Non-fiction 2014 (UK)
Description: 592 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: Tinamous: Tinamidae --
Ostriches: Struthionidae --
Rheas: Rheidae --
Cassowaries: Casuariidae --
Emu: Dromaiidae --
Elephant Birds: Aepyornithidae --
Moas: Dinornithidae --
Kiwis: Apterygidae --
Megapodes: Megapodiidae --
Chachalacas, Curassows and Guans: Cracidae --
Guineafowl: Numididae --
New World Quails: Odontophoridae --
Pheasants, Fowl and Allies: Phasianidae --
Screamers: Anhimidae --
Ducks, Geese and Swans: Anatidae --
Penguins: Spheniscidae --
Loons (Divers): Gaviidae --
Albatrosses: Diomedeidae --
Petrels and Shearwaters: Procellariidae --
Storm Petrels: Hydrobatidae --
Diving Petrels: Pelecanoididae --
Grebes: Podicipedidae --
Flamingos: Phoenicopteridae --
Storks: Ciconiidae --
Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae --
Herons and Bitterns: Ardeidae --
Tropicbirds: Phaethontidae --
Frigatebirds: Fregatidae --
Hamerkop: Scopidae --
Pelicans: Pelecanidae --
Gannets and Boobies: Sulidae --
Cormorants: Phalacrocoracidae --
Anhingas: Anhingidae --
Birds of Prey: Cathartidae, Falconidae and Accipitridae --
Bustards: Otidae --
Seriemas: Cariamidae --
Kagu: Rhynochetidae --
Sunbittern: Eurypygidae --
Rails, Crakes and Coots: Rallidae --
Finfoots: Heliornithidae --
Trumpeters: Psophiidae --
Cranes: Gruidae --
Limpkin: Aramidae --
Stone-curlews and Thick-knees: Burhinidae --
Sheathbills: Chionidae --
Oystercatchers: Haematopodidae --
Stilts and Avocets: Recurvirostridae --
Plovers: Charadriidae --
Jacanas: Jacanidae --
Sandpipers and Snipe: Scolopacidae --
Coursers and Pratincoles: Glareolidae --
Gulls and Terns: Laridae --
Skuas: Stercorariidae --
Auks: Alcidae --
Sandgrouse: Pteroclididae --
Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae --
Cockatoos and Parrots: Psittacidae --
Hoatzin: Opisthocomidae --
Turacos: Musophagidae --
Cuckoos: Cuculidae --
Barn Owls: Tytonidae, and Owls: Strigidae --
Frogmouths: Podargidae --
Oilbird: Steatornithidae --
Potoos: Nyctibiidae --
Nightjars: Caprimulgidae --
Swifts: Apodidae --
Hummingbirds: Trochilidae --
Mousebirds: Coliidae --
Trogons: Trogonidae --
Rollers: Coraciidae --
Kingfishers: Alcedinidae --
Motmots: Momotidae --
Bee-eaters: Meropidae --
Hoopoe: Upupidae --
Hornbills: Bucerotidae --
Ground Hornbills: Bucorvidae --
Toucans and Barbets: Ramphastidae --
Honeyguldes: Indicatoridae --
Woodpeckers: Picidae --
New Zealand Wrens: Acanthisittidae --
Pittas: Pittidae --
Manakins: Pipridae --
Cotingas: Cotingidae --
Tyrant Flycatchers: Tyrannidae --
Antbirds: Thamnophilidae --
Tapaculos: Rhinocryptidae --
Antthrushes and Antpittas: Formicariidae --
Ovenbirds: Furnariidae --
Lyrebirds: Menuridae --
Scrubbirds: Atrichornithidae --
Bowerbirds: Ptilonorhynchidae --
Honeyeaters: Meliphagidae --
Wattled Crows: Callaeatidae --
Helmetshrikes and Bushshrikes: Malaconotidae --
Butcherbirds and Allies: Cracticidae --
Cuckooshrikes: Campephagidae --
Piopio: Turnagra --
Shrikes: Laniidae --
Vireos and Greenlets: Vireonidae --
Figbirds and Orioles: Oriolidae --
Shrikethrushes and Pitohuis: Colluricindidae --
Drongos: Dicruridae --
Fantails: Rhipiduridae --
Monarchs: Monarchidae --
Crows and Jays: Corvidae --
Australian Mudnesters: Corcoracidae --
Birds-of-Paradise: Paradisaeidae --
Australasian Robins: Petroicidae --
Picathartes: Picathartidae --
Waxwings and Allies: Bombycillidae --
Palmchat: Dulidae --
Tits and Chickadees: Paridae --
Penduline Tits: Remizidae --
Swallows and Martins: Hirundinidae --
Larks: Alaudidae --
Cisticolas and Allies: Cisticolidae --
Tailorbirds: Orthotomus --
Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae --
Old World Warblers: Sylviidae --
Babblers: Timaliidae --
White-eyes: Zosteropidae --
Goldcrests and Kinglets: Regulidae --
Wrens: Troglodytidae --
Nuthatches and Wallcreeper: Sittidae --
Mockingbirds and Thrashers: Mimidae --
Starlings: Sturnidae --
Thrushes: Turdidae --
Chats and Old World Flycatchers: Muscicapidae --
Dippers: Cinclidae --
Sunbirds: Nectariniidae --
Old World Sparrows and Snowfinches: Passeridae --
Weavers and Widowbirds: Ploceidae --
Waxbills, Munias and Allies: Estrildidae --
Indigobirds and Whydahs: Viduidae --
Wagtails and Pipits: Motacillidae --
Finches: Fringillidae --
Hawaiian Honeycreepers: Drepanididae --
New World Warblers: Parulidae --
New World Blackbirds: Icteridae --
Bananaquit: Coerebidae --
Buntings and New World Sparrows: Emberizidae --
Tanagers and Allies: Thraupidae --
Grosbeaks, Saltators and Allies: Cardinalidae --
Birds, People and BirdLife International.
Other Titles: Birds & people
Responsibility: Mark Cocker and [photographs by] David Tipling ; with specialist research by and the support of Jonathan Elphick and John Fanshawe.


There are 10,500 species of bird worldwide and wherever they occur people marvel at their glorious colours and their beautiful songs. The sheer multitude of voices in this global chorus means that  Read more...
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