A unique guide to the unusual and often surprising birds that soar above our cities around the world.
From frigatebirds wheeling over 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 feathered citizens.
Through Stephen Moss’s expert knowledge and insight, Urban Aviary provides a beautiful guide to some of the most extraordinary species of city birds that have become native, including helpful spotting hints and fact boxes for each bird, all of which are brought to life by Marc Martin’s distinctive and beautiful watercolours.
Stephen Moss is one of Britain’s leading nature writers, broadcasters and TV producers. He writes the London Guardian’s monthly Birdwatch column and worked for many years at the world-famous BBC Natural History Unit, where his award-winning BBC TV series included Birding with Bill Oddie, Bill Oddie Goes Wild and Springwatch. He appears on regularly on radio and wrote BBC Radio 4’s tie-in book on birdsong, Tweet of the Day. He is currently President of the Somerset Wildlife Trust. His books include Collins Gem Garden Birds, This Birding Life: The Best of the Guardian’s Birdwatch, A Bird in the Bush: A Social History of Birdwatching, A Sky Full of Starlings: A Diary of the Birding Year and Wild Hares and Hummingbirds.