A History of Birds (Paperback)
Top Choice - Family Tree magazine
'Illustrated with beautiful clear photographs and historic prints of the birds in question, this book is a treat for those with a love of wildlife and history' - review by editor Helen Tovey, January 2018
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Even the most well-informed wildlife enthusiast will be entertained by the stories and fascinating facts in the beautifully illustrated book.
Our ancestors hunted, tamed, worshipped and depicted birds, and even bestowed magical properties upon them. Why did ancient writers consider the sparrow a lustful creature? Which bird was killed and hung up to predict the weather? And what was an 'arse-foot'?
Wildlife photographer and history journalist Simon Wills explores the intriguing and at times bizarre stories behind our relationship with birds. Find out why robins feature on Christmas cards, and how Mozart was persuaded to keep a pet starling. What bird did Florence Nightingale carry around in her pocket? How did the blue tit get its name?
Whole careers have been created around birds – from falconers to ostrich farmers – and birds have had great symbolic importance too. Discover, for example, why Raleigh bicycles carry a heron logo and why church lectems are in the shape of an eagle.
If you enjoy wildlife, then this book is full of surprises. Pigeons were trained to carry messages in wartime, but could gulls be taught to hunt U-boats? And which American president's parrot started swearing at his funeral?
In a new book A History of Birds,Village Publications
Wildlife photographer and history
journalist Simon Wills explores the
intriguing and at times bizarre stories
behind our relationship with birds. Based
on careful research the author tells the
history of familiar birds from ancient
times to the present day. From Herons
being the Egyptian bird-god, to Pigeon
racing today. Whole careers have been
created around birds – from falconers to
ostrich farmers – and birds have had
great symbolic importance too. Discover,
for example, why Raleigh bicycles carry
a heron logo and why church lecterns are
in the shape of an eagle. Find out why
robins feature on Christmas cards, and
how Mozart was persuaded to keep a pet
starling. What bird did Florence
Nightingale carry around in her pocket?
How did the blue tit get its name?
If you are interested in birds, wildlife in
general or just history, this beautifully
illustrated book will fascinate you with
the facts it contains.
This unusual text provides a fascinating history of 30 different types of birds, arranged alphabetically from the blackbird to the woodpecker. Rather than share basic facts on various bird species, journalist and wildlife photographer Wills has compiled some intriguing stories from the history of the human relationship with birds, including their symbolism in art, literature, religion, and folklore. The entries range in length from two to eight pages and abound with quirky anecdotes from history. For example, the entry on parrots reveals that the bird has been a popular pet for U.S. presidents. Andrew Jackson owned a parrot, Poll, that picked up some of his more colorful language. Poll was present at his funeral—and had to be physically removed because of her swearing. Annotated historical images, photographs (by the author), and drawings of the featured birds appear throughout the book, as well as text boxes that highlight certain historical interactions. This captivating book will delight bird fans.Booklist
This volume is readable and well-researched... ‘Bird lovers’ of all persuasions and interest-levels are likely to find it a delight and it could well become a standard reference work with their libraries. Readers who simply see a bird and want to learn about it, are also likely to find this volume of use.NZ Crown Mines
Author article as featured inFamily Tree, February 2018
Author article on finding Peterloo roots as featured inFamily Tree, January 2018