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The life of birds

Based on the spectacular ten-part program on PBS, The Life of Birds is David Attenborough at his characteristic best: presenting the drama, beauty, and eccentricities of the natural world with unusual flair and intelligence. The renowned writer and filmmaker treks through rain forests and deserts, through city streets and isolated wilderness, to bring us an illuminating panorama of every aspect of birds' lives--from their songs to their search for food, from their eggs and nests to their mastery of the air. Beautifully illustrated with more than a hundred color photographs, the book will delight and inform both bird lovers and any general reader with an interest in nature. Attenborough begins at the beginning: reviewing ideas about how and when creatures first took to the air--and why ostriches, kiwis, and other flightless birds later returned to the ground. He introduces us to the marvels of flight. We encounter the albatross, which can soar for hours without flapping its wings; hummingbirds that beat their wings two hundred times a minute; and the swift, which eats, sleeps, and mates in mid-air. We read about birds' extraordinary methods of hunting and gathering--about crows that use twigs and leaves to hook and harpoon insects, and eagles that can stamp venomous snakes to death. Attenborough explains why and how birds sing and why many have such dazzling plumage. He reviews courtship and mating strategies, including the extravagant dances of cranes and the bizarre and ornate pavilions that male bowerbirds build to attract females. We learn how birds defend their young against predators. Attenborough explains how birds have colonized the globe more effectively than any other vertebrates, adapting to Antarctic winters and African summers, to vast oceans and the densest, most polluted cities. He also outlines the threat that humans pose to many species, showing how we have already driven many to extinction. The book presents birds in all their complexity and glory, revealing in clear and elegant prose Attenborough's infectious sense of wonder about the rich variety of life on Earth. - Publisher's note

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  • "Based on the spectacular ten-part program on PBS, The Life of Birds is David Attenborough at his characteristic best: presenting the drama, beauty, and eccentricities of the natural world with unusual flair and intelligence. The renowned writer and filmmaker treks through rain forests and deserts, through city streets and isolated wilderness, to bring us an illuminating panorama of every aspect of birds' lives--from their songs to their search for food, from their eggs and nests to their mastery of the air. Beautifully illustrated with more than a hundred color photographs, the book will delight and inform both bird lovers and any general reader with an interest in nature. Attenborough begins at the beginning: reviewing ideas about how and when creatures first took to the air--and why ostriches, kiwis, and other flightless birds later returned to the ground. He introduces us to the marvels of flight. We encounter the albatross, which can soar for hours without flapping its wings; hummingbirds that beat their wings two hundred times a minute; and the swift, which eats, sleeps, and mates in mid-air. We read about birds' extraordinary methods of hunting and gathering--about crows that use twigs and leaves to hook and harpoon insects, and eagles that can stamp venomous snakes to death. Attenborough explains why and how birds sing and why many have such dazzling plumage. He reviews courtship and mating strategies, including the extravagant dances of cranes and the bizarre and ornate pavilions that male bowerbirds build to attract females. We learn how birds defend their young against predators. Attenborough explains how birds have colonized the globe more effectively than any other vertebrates, adapting to Antarctic winters and African summers, to vast oceans and the densest, most polluted cities. He also outlines the threat that humans pose to many species, showing how we have already driven many to extinction. The book presents birds in all their complexity and glory, revealing in clear and elegant prose Attenborough's infectious sense of wonder about the rich variety of life on Earth. - Publisher's note"@en
  • "L'auteur examine les diverses étapes de la vie des oiseaux et les problèmes qu'ils rencontrent: apprendre à voler, trouver la nourriture, plumages et ramages, s'accoupler, s'occuper des nids, des oeufs et des oisillons, migrer, survivre à des conditions extrêmes. Une remarquable présentation du comportement des oiseaux."
  • "Companion to the PBS documentary television series on ornithology that was produced by the English naturalist and television broadcaster David Attenborough and the Natural History Unit of the British Broadcasting Corporation. Discusses bird intellect, the evolution of birds, bird achievements, breeding, and the vocal skills of birds. Includes educational resources for teachers."
  • "Un présentation du comportement, souvent extraordinaire, des oiseaux du monde. On y découvre les diverses étapes de la vie des oiseaux, les problèmes qu'ils rencontrent : apprendre à voler, trouver de la nourriture, communiquer, s'accoupler, migrer, faire face au danger, survivre dans des conditions extrêmes ... Des photographies illustrent le propos."
  • "A survey of birds around the world explores their nesting, hunting, mating, and parenting behavior, and describes the threat to their existence presented by man."
  • "A survey of birds around the world explores their nesting, hunting, mating, and parenting behavior, and describes the threat to their existence presented by man."@en

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  • "The life of birds"@en
  • "The life of birds"
  • "鳥類的祕密生活"
  • "Life of Birds"@en
  • "La vie des oiseaux : le comportement et les adaptations des oiseaux du monde"
  • "La vie des oiseaux"
  • "The Life of birds"
  • "Das geheime leben der Vögel"
  • "Niao lei de mi mi sheng huo"
  • "鳥類的秘密生活"
  • "La vita degli uccelli"@it
  • "La vita degli uccelli"
  • "Lintujen elämää"@fi
  • "Fugleliv"@da
  • "Das geheime Leben der Vögel"
  • "Private life of birds"