The Meaning of Birds

The Meaning of Birds

One of our most eloquent nature writers offers a passionate and informative celebration of birds and their ability to help us understand the world we live in. As well as exploring how birds achieve the miracle of flight; why birds sing; what they tell us about the seasons of the year and what their presence tells us about the places they inhabit, The Meaning of Birds muses on the uses of feathers, the drama of raptors, the slaughter of pheasants, the infidelities of geese, and the strangeness of feeling sentimental about blue tits while enjoying a chicken sandwich.



From the mocking-birds of the Galapagos who guided Charles Darwin toward his evolutionary theory, to the changing patterns of migration that alert us to the reality of contemporary climate change, Simon Barnes explores both the intrinsic wonder of what it is to be a bird—and the myriad ways in which birds can help us understand the meaning of life.

Title:The Meaning of Birds
ISBN:9781681776262
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  • Paul

    Birds are all around us, they are the wild creatures that we encounter every day. They have fascinated us for millennia with their mastery of the air and ability to produce the most beautiful songs. I...

  • Neil

    "Without the wild world we are less than ourselves."To me, Simon Barnes is a sports reporter and it has taken a while for me to get used to him also being a wildlife writer. I still think of him writi...

  • Pam Goldberg

    Well written nonfiction book about birds. Everything you would wonder about bird behavior in 15 chapters. Each chapter explains a different characteristic of birds like flight, sight, mating, and hunt...

  • Patricia

    Well-written, engaging, full of fascinating points. Each chapter had a central theme, but the focus would flit around a bit from paragraph to paragraph, sort of like a bird hopping from branch to bran...

  • Gael

    Very interesting, packed full of bird facts and anecdotes, and well organised....

  • Nadia A

    Delightful read about birds...

  • Ginny

    I’m not a birder, but a recent NYT book review intrigued me. I was well rewarded. I saw the world from the perspective of this author who clearly and deeply adores birds, and it is infectious. I’v...

  • Boria Sax

    Simon Barnes is a devoted bird watcher, who has practiced, and thought intensely about, this activity for decades. He is sort of like a garrulous dinner guest who, though he has interesting things to ...

  • Gwen Vandendriessche

    I really enjoyed reading "The Meaning of Birds"! The author is really enthusiastic and writes very well about just how much birds mean to him....

  • Christie Bane

    One of the great joys in life is finding a new author to love, the kind that immediately sets me on a quest to read everything else by that author. Sometimes I suspect just from reading the descriptio...