The Private Lives of Birds: A Scientist Reveals the Intricacies of Avian Social Life (by Bridget Stutchbury, $25, Walker & Co., June 2010): The stuff of soap operas – adultery, divorce, backstabbing – also applies to the social behavior of birds, according to biologist Bridget Stutchbury who has spent decades studying them. She covers topics such as pairing, parenting, migration, and others, all based on her firsthand observation and research.
Bald Coot and Screaming Loon: Adventures in the Curious, Mysterious and Remarkable World of Birds (by Niall Edworthy, $18, Penguin, Mar. 2010): Edworthy enthusiastically tackles some of the basic questions about birds – why do they fly? How did they evolve? In witty, colorful prose, he presents us with a slew of fascinating avian facts and anecdotes that make for fun reading.
Do Hummingbirds Hum? Fascinating Questions about Hummingbirds (by George C. West and Carol A. Butler, $22, Rutgers University Press, Apr. 2010): This accessible question-and-answer guide covers virtually everything known about hummingbirds, from their complex biology and reproductive behaviors, to their flight and migration patterns. A chapter about attracting and feeding them is useful for those who want to experience these amazing birds up close.