Biology & Behavior

Arena Birds: Sexual Selection and Behavior

Arena Birds: Sexual Selection and Behavior

by Paul A. Johnsgard

February 18, 2007


An excellent reference on birds that display on leks. Not a good choice for casual readers, however.

Avian Architecture: How Birds Design, Engineer, and Build

Avian Architecture: How Birds Design, Engineer, and Build

by Peter Goodfellow

June 30, 2011


For anyone who has ever wondered how birds manage to build nests.

Between the Wingtips: The Secret Life of Birds

Between the Wingtips: The Secret Life of Birds

by Brutus Ostling and Magnus Ullman

April 23, 2008


Absolutely stunning photography, and you’ll learn a good bit too.

Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species

Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species

by S. David Scott and Casey McFarland

February 24, 2011


A useful reference and guide to that which makes a bird a bird – feathers.

Bird Sense: What It’s Like to Be a Bird

Bird Sense: What It’s Like to Be a Bird

by Tim Birkhead

September 6, 2012


A very readable introduction to birds’ senses.

Birds in Flight: The Art and Science of How Birds Fly

Birds in Flight: The Art and Science of How Birds Fly

by Carrol L. Henderson

January 28, 2009


An exploration and celebration of this most fascinating aspects of birds’ lives.

Gatherings of Angels: Migrating Birds and Their Ecology

Gatherings of Angels: Migrating Birds and Their Ecology

by Kenneth P. Able

December 16, 2007


This is an interesting anthology of topics on migration.

Migrating Raptors of the World: Their Ecology and Conservation

Migrating Raptors of the World: Their Ecology and Conservation

by Keith L. Bildstein

February 24, 2007


This book provides an thorough and enjoyable overview of raptor migration and conservation.

Molt in North American Birds (Peterson Reference Guide)

Molt in North American Birds (Peterson Reference Guide)

by Steve N.G. Howell

September 9, 2010


An indispensable guide to the oft-confusing process of molt.

National Geographic Bird Coloration

National Geographic Bird Coloration

by Geoffrey E. Hill

June 11, 2010


A very enjoyable exploration of the most obvious physical characteristic of birds.

National Geographic Bird-watcher’s Bible: A Complete Treasury

National Geographic Bird-watcher’s Bible: A Complete Treasury

by Jonathan Alderfer (Editor)

November 9, 2012


A highly illustrated, enjoyable introduction to just about everything to do with birds.

Peterson Reference Guide to the Behavior of North American Mammals

Peterson Reference Guide to the Behavior of North American Mammals

by Mark Elbroch and Kurt Rinehart

October 14, 2013


Yes, a mammal book. But a consistently useful one that birders should have.

The Private Lives of Birds: A Scientist Reveals the Intricacies of Avian Social Life

The Private Lives of Birds: A Scientist Reveals the Intricacies of Avian Social Life

by Bridget Stutchbury

August 27, 2010


An excellent introduction to the behavior and social lives of birds.

The Sound Approach to Birding

The Sound Approach to Birding

by Mark Constantine and The Sound Approach

August 25, 2007


Highly recommended to those who want to get better at birding by ear.

The Unfeathered Bird

The Unfeathered Bird

by Katrina van Grouw

February 9, 2013


An oddly beautiful and utterly unique look at what birds are made of.

The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology

The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology

by Tim Birkhead

March 2, 2009


What we know about birds, their biology, and behavior. And the even more fascinating story behind that knowledge.

What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World

What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World

by Jon Young

September 22, 2012


Practical advice, cool stories, and detailed instruction on how to learn from birds make this book worth reading.