by Mark Cocker and Richard Mabey
Birds Britannica is an encyclopedic work and it’s arranged on a taxonomic basis, so it treats each bird both as part of a family and individually. Each entry has a little history of the part that bird has played in our culture. It’s a wonderful book of stories about these birds, which also gives you a lot of good scientific information about them. If you want one reference work on the shelf, this is the one I’d recommend.
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