Tony D. Williams is professor of biological sciences at Simon Fraser University and a fellow of the American Ornithological Society. He is the author of Physiological Adaptations for Breeding in Birds (Princeton) and The Penguins. Scott McWilliams is professor of wildlife ecology and physiology at the University of Rhode Island. Julia A. Clarke is the John A. Wilson Professor in Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Texas at Austin. Elizabeth MacDougall-Shackleton is professor of biology at Western University in Ontario. Scott MacDougall-Shackleton is chair of the Department of Psychology at Western University in Ontario. Frances Bonier is a field biologist with a research focus on the ways animals respond to diverse challenges, including parasites, urbanization, and climate change. Chad Eliason is a postdoctoral fellow at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
This welcoming compendium is part coffee-table book and part deep dive into the science of ornithology-the team of biologist-authors, edited by biology professor Williams, elucidates all things bird. ---Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American This is a book which quite literally tells you everything you wanted to know about birds. . . . The photos are breathtaking, and the way the information is passed on to you, as potentially a beginner from an experienced field worker, is excellent. ---John Miles, Birdwatching Magazine Dipping into the book, you'll discover fascinating facts about a wide range of topics . . . soon you may find yourself reading straight through and learning a great deal about ornithology. ---Flora Taylor, American Scientist This is a sumptuously - one might almost say seductively - produced and illustrated compendium of birds. ---Tim Birkhead, British Birds [A] large, sumptuously illustrated book . . . . it's all here from down to digestion, migration to magnetic sense... everything you need, want to know or love about birds. ---Bo Beolens, Fat Birder This is an impressive work from every standpoint, . . . The pictures alone make it worthwhile! ---David Gascoigne, Travels with Birds This is a top book. ---Chris Packham, Self-Isolating Bird Club It doesn't really feel like a book - it feels more like a museum. It's as if you walk through the different rooms, see the exhibits, and read a bit about it without feeling any pressure. It feels relaxing and absorbing. ---Mihai Andrei, ZME Science