Egg-laying, feathered, toothless and beaked – from tiny hummingbirds to an enormous ostriches, Earth’s 10,000+ species of birds encapsulate wondrous diversity. Some colourful, some songful, some worshipped, some loathed, they touch our lives in ways minuscule and profound. Whether you’re an ardent ‘birder’, or just feather-friendly, here are some books about avian life.
Explore the world of our feathered friends
A compact and up-to-date photographic guide to Australia’s birds from the author of Birdscaping Australian Gardens.
A beautifully written guide to great bird gatherings during a year's travels around the British Isles
The most comprehensive one-volume book of identification that shows all Australian bird species.
Unique and quirky watercolours and descriptions of 52 beloved British birds from the Banksy of the bird world
Featuring plant and bird directories illustrated with superb colour photographs and line drawings, as well as comprehensive planting tables and expert advice, this book has all you need to create a refuge for birds – and so preserve Australia's amazing natural heritage and biodiversity.
The award-winning bestseller that put Australian birds on the world map - nature and science writing at their best.
Books for the independent masters of self-control born 22 December – 19 January.
Books for the open-minded, philosophical enthusiasts born 22 November – 21 December.
Books for the assertive, resourceful decision-makers born 23 October – 21 November.