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Gerard Gorman


Reaktion Books

Cultural studies;
Animals & society;
Mathematics & Sciences;
Wildlife: birds & birdwatching


224 pages

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Highly regarded woodpecker expert Gerard Gorman presents a unique natural, social, and cultural history of woodpeckers. Woodpeckers are among the most remarkable birds in the avian world, having evolved a unique anatomy that enables them to peck and bore into solid timber both to find food and to create nesting cavities. They have been considered symbols of fertility, security, strength, power, prophecy, magic, rhythm, medicine, and carpentry, and have been esteemed as the guardians of woodlands, tree surgeons, fire-bringers, weather forecasters, and boat-builders.

He explores their origins and where they are found, and how they have fascinated humankind throughout history, from ancient Babylon, Greece, and Rome, via the tribes of North America and the jungles of Amazonia and Borneo, to the modern cartoon rascal Woody Woodpecker. He describes how they feature in folk tales, myths, and legends wherever they occur, and how their fluctuating relationship with humans has developed. Featuring stunning photographs and illustrations from both nature and culture, Woodpecker will appeal to anyone who is interested in these extraordinary birds.

By:   Gerard Gorman
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 190mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781780238296
ISBN 10:   1780238290
Series:   Animal
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   October 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gerard Gorman is the author of Woodpeckers of the World (2014), Woodpeckers of Europe (2004) and The Black Woodpecker (2011). When not travelling the world in search of woodpeckers, he divides his time between Liverpool and Budapest.

If you like the Gorman's other woodpecker books, you should like this one! --Ian Paulsen Birdbooker Report One of a remarkable series of animal monographs. . . . In this book Gorman covers the whole woodpecker group, including Wrynecks, Piculets, and True Woodpeckers, looking at their natural and cultural history as well as their fascination for humans. . . . A fascinating read. --Derek Toomer British Trust for Ornithology News

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