Ten Thousand Birds provides a thoroughly engaging and authoritative history of modern ornithology.---Mike Thornton, Scottish Birds-- "Gadget Girls"
'Hugely impressive' it truly is and it deserves the widest audience.---Bo Beolens, Fatbirder-- "Birding Business"
[A] handsome history of modern ornithology. . . . Birkhead, Wimpenny, and Montgomerie fill 11 readable chapters . . . addressing ecology, behavior, conservation, and other major areas of ornithological science. Their chief achievement, though, is bringing to life the visionary, sometimes controversial, and typically brilliant researchers who have enriched our bird knowledge since the middle of the 19th century--Erwin Stresemann, Ernst Mayr, Julian Huxley, David Lack, Niko Tinbergen, Robert MacArthur, Charles Sibley, Alexander Skutch, Gustav Kramer, Steve Emlen, and many more. An editorial tenet of this magazine has long held that how we learn can be just as interesting as what we learn. This fine book proves the point.-- "BirdWatching Magazine"
[A] scholarly and thought-provoking book. The authors should be congratulated and the work itself should be on the shelves of anybody remotely interested in the history of natural history and particularly the history of ornithology.---William Noblett, Archives of Natural History-- "Birding Business"
[The] three authors present an enormous amount of information both easily readable and thoroughly engaging, and illustrate the importance of the contributions of individuals throughout history as well as the story of ornithology itself. This is a landmark achievement for the study of ornithology and even those with just a casual interest in birds will lose themselves in these pages.-- "Birding Business"
A definitive, accessible and sumptuously illustrated primer of biological theory past and present. . . . An inspiring and formidable resource for the historian as well as the fledgling scientist.---Helen Macdonald, Times Literary Supplement-- "Gadget Girls"
A detailed review of the history of ornithology and chronicles the major breakthroughs in the past 150 years and the people who accomplished them. Why undertake such a lengthy and comprehensive review? First, these innovative studies on birds had a broader impact on our understanding of nature and science during the 20th century. Second, much of this history has been buried under an explosion of scientific publications in the past few decades, making it difficult for even the most conscientious researcher to appreciate the deep history of their own field. Birkhead, Wimpenny and Montgomerie go beyond the usual cast of characters and find clever studies published by little-known scientists who were often overlooked or ignored by the big players even in their time. This book was written primarily for a scientific audience, but there is also much of interest to an attentive and patient non-specialist. . . . Delving into the details of the evolution, ecology, physiology and behaviour of birds can be rewarding because it empowers you to enjoy nature even more.---Bridget J.M. Stutchbury, Literary Review of Canada-- "Choice"
A riveting, entertaining, enlightening and frequently inspirational read. . . . I imagine that Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin is a book which will be bought by every professional or amateur ornithologist the world over. Almost certainly it will be on a wish list of many, many amateur and professional naturalists, whether their specialty is birds, bees, butterflies or other more esoteric disciplines.---Phil Slade, Another Bird Blog-- "Gadget Girls"
All those interested in birds will enjoy reading it.---Gerry Rising, Buffalo News-- "Birding Business"
An account that will delight anyone who has studied birds or has an interest in their myriad forms.---Mike Toms, BBC Wildlife Magazine-- "Gadget Girls"
Tim Birkhead is professor of zoology at the University of Sheffield, where he teaches and conducts research on the behavioral ecology of birds with particular focus on reproduction. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and his books include The Wisdom of Birds and Bird Sense. Jo Wimpenny was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Sheffield during the writing of this book. Bob Montgomerie is professor of biology at Queen's University in Ontario, where he studies the evolution of plumage colors and sexual behavior in birds.