Birdscapes: Birds in Our Imagination and Experience
by Jeremy Mynott
This is one of the most thoughtful and thought-provoking books on birds that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. He explores the myriad reasons why people are so engaged with birds. It’s remarkably wide-ranging: he references not only Darwin, Keats and Aristotle but also Puccini and Monty Python’s dead parrot sketch (with a footnote on a Danish fossil parrot).