Birdbooker Report 26

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“One cannot have too many good bird books”
–Ralph Hoffmann, Birds of the Pacific States (1927).

Here’s this week’s issue of the Birdbooker Report by Ian “Birdbooker” Paulsen, which lists ecology, environment, natural history and bird books that are (or will soon be) available for purchase.


  1. Newton, Ian. The Migration Ecology of Birds. 2008. Academic Press. Hardbound: 976 pages. Price: $74.95 U.S. [Amazon: $67.46]. SUMMARY: An up-to-date, detailed and thorough review of bird migration.

New and Recent Titles:

  1. Arlott, Norman. Birds of Europe, Russia, China, and Japan. Passerines: Tyrant Flycatchers to Buntings. 2007. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 240 pages. Price: $29.95 U.S. [Amazon: $19.77]. SUMMARY: The volume covering the non-passerines is due out in spring 2009.
  2. Burt, William. Marshes: The Disappearing Edens. 2007. Yale University Press. Hardbound: 180 pages. Price: $35.00 U.S. [Amazon: $26.60]. SUMMARY: The author’s photography, especially of the rails, highlight this book.
  3. Dozois, Gardner (editor). Galileo’s Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition. 2005. PYR. Hardbound: 346 pages. Price: $25.00 U.S. [Amazon: $25.00]. SUMMARY: 13 fictional stories about science vs. superstition.
  4. Gill, Frank and Minturn Wright. Birds of the World: Recommended English Names. 2006. Princeton University Press. Paperback: 259 pages. Price: $19.95 U.S. [Amazon: $14.96]. SUMMARY: This list was compiled on the behalf of the International Ornithological Congress.

About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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