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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 / written and illustrated by David Allen Sibley.

Sibley, David, 1961- (author,, illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 6 of 24 copies available at NC Cardinal. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Fontana Regional Library.

Current holds

8 current holds with 24 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Albert Carlton - Cashiers Community Library 598 S (Text) 39493110000082 Adult New Nonfiction Available -
Hudson (Fontana) 598 SIB (Text) 39493109907537 Adult New Nonfiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780307957894
  • ISBN: 0307957896
  • Physical Description: xxxii, 203 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 193-203) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Preface -- How to use this book -- Introduction -- Portfolio of birds -- Birds in this book -- What to do it... -- Becoming a birder
Summary, etc.:
"Can birds smell?" "Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?" "Do robins 'hear' worms?" In "What It's Like to Be a Bird," David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often. This special, large-format volume is geared as much to nonbirders 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 its focus is on familiar backyard birds--blue jays, nuthatches, chickadees--it also examines certain species that can be fairly easily observed, such as the seashore-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.) And 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." --
Subject: Birds > Popular works.

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