UBC Press Picks: Books about Birds

Posted: Friday, January 05, 2018

Is a bird in the hand better than two in the bush? We think so. In honor of #NationalBirdDay in the US (not to be confused with #ChickenDanceDay on May 14), here are some of our favourite UBC Press bird books.



The Birds of Vancouver Island's West Coast

Adrian Dorst

Forthcoming, April 2018.

A detailed account of the 360 species of birds recorded on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island and its offshore waters.


Birds of Ontario
Habitat Requirements, Limiting Factors, and Status
Volume 1 - Nonpasserines: Loons through Cranes

Al Sandilands

See also: Volume 2 - Nonpasserines: Shorebirds through Woodpeckers

Birds of Ontario condenses the vast amount of literature on the nonpasserines of Ontario into a compact reference manual that will be essential to biologists, environmental planners, and serious birders.


The Inner Bird
Anatomy and Evolution

Gary W. Kaiser

The Inner Bird introduces readers to the avian skeleton, then moves beyond anatomy to discuss the relationships between birds and dinosaurs and other early ancestors.


Owls of the United States and Canada
A Complete Guide to Their Biology and Behavior

Wayne Lynch

We loved owls before it was cool! In this gorgeous book, celebrated natural history writer and wildlife photographer Wayne Lynch reveals the secrets of these elusive species with stunning photographs, personal anecdotes, and accessible science.


The Birds of British Columbia, Volume 1
Nonpasserines - Introduction, Loons through Waterfowl

Wayne Campbell, Neil K. Dawe, Ian McTaggart-Cowan, John Cooper, Gary W. Kaiser, and Michael McNall

For the first time, the natural history, migration patterns, habitat requirements, reproductive biology, and distribution of the province's birdlife are combined in one publication.

See also: Volume 2, Volume 3, Volume 4


Birds of the World

Les Beletsky

Comprehensive, authoritative, and beautifully illustrated, this stunning collection of art and text captures the grace, beauty, and flamboyance of the world's birds. Features 1,600 original paintings of 1,307 species.

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