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Urban Aviary: A modern guide to city birds

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A unique guide to the unusual and often surprising birds that soar above our cities around the world.

From frigatebirds wheelingover Rio de Janeiro to bowerbirds displaying in the suburbs of Canberra, penguins in Cape Town to pelicans in San Francisco, and huge flocks of starlings roosting around the Colosseum in Rome, the world’s cities are home to a remarkable array of
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by White Lion Publishing
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Urban Aviary: A Modern Guide to City Birds is a unique bird guide book. The illustrations are done in water color and the descriptions include where they are found, diet and some really interesting facts about the birds. The details about each animal precedes the watercolor representation.

I would use this book more for the art then a guide book. The paintings are beautiful, the facts are interesting and might give you insight to look for birds where you don't expect to see them. But overall, I
Laurie Garrison
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a unique way to show urban birds.

You will get a brief description of each bird along with a wonderful watercolor photo. This book would be enjoyable for both adults and children as you read about each bird you’ll read a brief description of each bird along with a wonderful watercolour of that bird.
A book that takes you on a fascinating journey to discover all the ins and outs about the birds of the city. Very educational, inspiring and wholesome. A must have for any serious bird lover. 5/5 stars
Kathy Ulrich balman
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My 12 yr old son is an avid birder and has turned me into a bit of a bird nut as well. We own a lot of bird books and bird guides and are always on the search for new titles. We really enjoyed this title. The watercolor illustrations are lovely and simple, yet they still highlight the important/key markings of the bird for id purposes. My son has recently gotten into drawing birds and it was nice for him to see that drawings/paintings can be simple, and still convey the key details of the bird. ...more
Cathy Geha
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Urban Aviary – A Modern Guide to City Birds
Stephen Moss – Author
Marc Martin – Illustrator

This charming guide to birds found in cities around the world lists less than 100 birds total but does give some intriguing and interesting facts about the birds included. History, nesting sites, predators, habits and more are mentioned about each bird. This would be a fun book for parents to read with their children and then perhaps provide watercolors for the children to paint various birds in the book
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Urban Aviary: A Modern Guide to City Birds by Stephen Moss is a delightful and informative book highlighting some unexpected birds which have become comfortable in urban habitats. I really enjoyed the watercolor illustrations of the birds. The author has included historical information and some very interesting facts about the birds. The book is easy to read, has a beautiful presentation, and size.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I do like a book that does just what it sets out to do, and this is definitely one in that category. Eighty birds that either like to live alongside humans in cities, or are forced to because we've ruined the rest of their habitats, get one page of textual introduction, alongside a nicely painted illustration. Some of the birds you'll know – the bald eagle, seagulls – some you won't. Likewise, some you'll find in countless places – again, bald eagle, seagulls – some in just one area, such as the ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

*Screams from the rooftops* THIS BOOK IS PERFECT

Ok so I love, love, LOVE birds and sometimes get bummed about not getting to see them so often now that I no longer live in the countryside. If you live in an urban area and feel the same you will feel inspired and reassured by the wealth of birdlife that is likely around you.

The book has a simple but really engaging format, on one page is a
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is quite a special book. Simple in its desire to bring details of urban birds across the cities and centres of population throughout our world. With great artistic representations of the birds and a text for each species identified it is a compelling read. Each pen portrait of these various birds is different but engaging and filled with interesting content.
I had failed to appreciate the links and connections these tiny creatures have with people the world over.
I would happily have this as
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I got a free copy of this book thanks to Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

While I did like the book I would never call it a guide. The birds are well-drawn in watercolor but it's almost impossible to recognize the birds (well it's possible for some but nor for most of them).

I liked the short descriptions and how many good informations it does contain. Not sure how it will be in the no review version but mine has one bird on the right page and the text for the previous bird on the left
joyce w. laudon
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author of this book encourages city dwellers to think of an urban jungle in positive terms; rather than as a difficult place, to consider the number of birds that live in this habitat. After an informative introduction, this book tells about the birds that one might see. Each two page spread describes an avian creature and features a painted illustration. The quality of the artwork is good and the narratives are packed with information. As a city dweller, I feel motivated to learn more and ...more
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received an e-ARC from White Lion Publishing on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A nicely put together coffee table book with beautiful illustrations that is certainly enjoyable for everyone who has the same affection for city birds as I do. The short bits of information are well written and thus, complement the graphics well. In winter times parakeets similar to the Monk Parakeet (p.68) and other described birds live in my home town, which I always watch from our living room. So the
Leyla Johnson
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautifully presented book with over 70 urban birds show in lovely soft watercolour illustrations, together with some information regarding the history and present standing of these birds. From American, through Europe to Australia to New Zealand, it is an informative look at the birds in our urban cities.
Leah Horton
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent book to teach us all about the birds we coexist with within our cities. The descriptions were informative and interesting. The illustrations were colourful and soft, making them simple, yet fitting next to the more complex write ups.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. Lovely book with information about city dwelling birds. Beautifully illustrated paintings of the birds and some basic easy to read information about each bird.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Great bird guide that dives into birds that nest in cities all around the world. Accompanied by charming watercolor paintings, this is an accessible delight of a bird guide. Certainly not overwhelming or all-encompassing, as there are only about 100 birds listed, but those included are well researched and depicted.
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Stephen Moss is a naturalist, broadcaster, television producer and author. In a distinguished career at the BBC Natural History Unit his credits included Springwatch, Birds Britannia and The Nature of Britain. His books include The Robin: A Biography, A Bird in the Bush, The Bumper Book of Nature, Wild Hares and