The Wonderful MR Willughby: The First True Ornithologist

Tim Birkhead (Author)
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Bloomsbury Publishing
Publish Date
July 10, 2018
6.3 X 1.3 X 9.3 inches | 1.6 pounds
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About the Author

Tim Birkhead is a professor at the University of Sheffield where he teaches animal behavior and the history of science. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and his research has taken him all over the world in the quest to understand the lives of birds. He has written for the Independent, New Scientist, BBC Wildlife, and is author of several books, most recently Bird Sense and The Most Perfect Thing. He is married with three children and lives in Sheffield, England.


"The attempt to get at what a bird sees, hears, feels and thinks is more than worth the effort because there are so many intriguing facts and stories that the reader learns along the way. Remarkable in [its] celebration of birds." - New York Times (BIRD SENSE)

"Thoughtful, thoroughly researched and engagingly written throughout...Birkhead provides a real flavor of life from a bird's eye view." - New Scientist (BIRD SENSE)

"Excellent book . . . [Birkhead's] intimacy with his avian subjects, and with everything he and centuries of others have observed about them, makes Mr. Birkhead's hypotheses--and his books--so compelling." - Wall Street Journal (THE MOST PERFECT THING)

"I would never have read a book on bird eggs but when I picked up THE MOST PERFECT THING, I thought it was brilliant. It's so wonderful when you come across a book on a subject you're not naturally drawn to and you're completely engaged by it." - Bill Bryson (THE MOST PERFECT THING)

"[Birkhead] writes clearly, with accuracy and wit . . . Birkhead's historical acumen and sharp pen had me seeing eggs in a new light. He has convinced me that they are splendid, if not indeed most perfect." - Nature (THE MOST PERFECT THING)