A World of Birds

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild At Home -

BIG PIC­TURE PRESS, £14.99

As chil­dren, many of us prob­a­bly spent more than one wet day por­ing over Dor­ling Kin­der­s­ley-style il­lus­trated books, ea­gerly tak­ing in the facts and fig­ures. Vicky Woodgate’s A World of Birds uses a sim­i­lar fact-based ap­proach to in­tro­duce a se­lec­tion of 75 species from across the globe, from mag­nif­i­cent frigate­birds to king­fish­ers to eclec­tus par­rots. Spe­cial adap­tive fea­tures are picked out, along with var­i­ous quirky snip­pets on be­hav­iour and bi­ol­ogy.

While my three-year-old en­joyed the colour­ful il­lus­tra­tions and point­ing out the species he recog­nised, the book’s main ap­peal will be to slightly older chil­dren, who will no doubt de­light in recit­ing their new-found knowl­edge: wild tur­keys, for in­stance, can run at speeds of up to 40kmph; bee hum­ming­bird eggs are the size of peas; and king­fish­ers have a third, trans­par­ent eyelid. Kate Risely BTO

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