Ornithology since Darwin

The study of birds has had an enormous impact on the development of Biology. Darwin himself relied heavily on bird studies when formulating his theories of natural and sexual selection in the mid-1800s, from his own work on the Galápagos finches and domestic pigeons to the hundreds of examples provided to him by naturalists from around the world.

In our new book on the modern history of ornithology, we have scoured the mountain of information published on birds since Darwin’s day—a third of a million books, papers, and popular articles—to tell the story of bird study and why it has been so influential. In addition to this rich literature, we have—like Darwin—relied on hundreds of working ornithologists, artists and photographers to tell us about their work and provide us with material for the book. In eleven chapters about the ecology, evolution, behaviour, systematics, physiology, migration and conservation of birds, we focus on many of the fascinating men and women who have studied birds to make breakthroughs in biology.

The result, we hope, will be both an entertaining read and a scholarly summary of an important field of scientific enquiry. Among the thousands of books written about birds, there is nothing quite like it.

Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology since Darwin 
will be published in February 2014 
by Princeton University Press

Available for pre-order from AMAZON HERE

The book's website is HERE