What It’s Like to Be a Bird

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What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing–What Birds Are Doing, and Why is a beautifully illustrated book that will answer many common questions we all have. “Do Robins ‘hear’ worms?”



Author: David Allen Sibley
Illustrator: David Allen Sibley
ISBN: 9780307957894
Publisher: Knopf
Year of Publication: 2020
240 pages, 330 illustrations

In What It’s Like to Be a Bird, David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often.

The bird book for birders and non-birders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing–and why.

“Can birds smell?” “Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?” “Do robins ‘hear’ worms?”

This special, large-format volume is geared as much to non-birders as it is to the out-and-out obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author.

While What It’s Like to Be a Bird‘s focus is on familiar backyard birds–blue jays, nuthatches, chickadees–it also examines certain species that one may have to travel to see, such as the sea-dwelling Atlantic Puffin.

David Sibley’s exacting artwork and wide-ranging expertise bring observed behaviors vividly to life. (For most species, the primary illustration is reproduced life-sized.) While the text is aimed at adults – including fascinating new scientific research on the myriad ways birds have adapted to environmental changes – it is nontechnical, making it the perfect occasion for parents and grandparents to share their love of birds with young children, who will delight in the big, full-color illustrations of birds in action.

Unlike any other book he has written, What It’s Like to Be a Bird is poised to bring a whole new audience to David Sibley’s world of birds.

Additional information

Weight 1.2 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 11 × 1.25 in