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RSPB Spotlight Crows (Paperback)

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Most of the UK's crow species - carrion crow, hooded crow, rook, jackdaw, raven, chough, magpie and jay - are very familiar birds to urban householder and countryside dweller alike. Together they make up the Corvidae family, and they have been deeply intertwined in our lives and culture since prehistoric times.

However, familiarity often breeds contempt, and crows - also known as corvids - have long attracted a bad press. Reviled as raiders of crops, feeders on carrion, thieves of jewellery and bullies of smaller birds, crows have often found themselves on the wrong end of a shotgun. Yet the more we learn about them, the more fascinating they become.

Behind the behaviour some find objectionable lie exceptional intelligence and resourcefulness. These qualities have long captivated scientists and excited the admiration of anyone who takes the time to know crows better. In Spotlight Crows, Mike Unwin looks at the biology and ecology of all eight UK corvids and investigates why these birds have become deeply embedded in our culture, from children's rhymes and Norse mythology to Shakespeare's plays and the poems of Edgar Allen Poe.

Natural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsWildlife: birds & birdwatchingScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesZoology & animal sciencesZoology: Vertebrates Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 25/03/2021 ISBN-13: 9781472971777  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Mike Unwin is an award-winning author of 35 books for adults and children, including three previous Spotlight titles (Foxes, Eagles and Swifts and Swallows), as well as The Atlas of Birds (Bloomsbury), 100 Bizarre Animals (Bradt) and A Parliament of Owls (Yale). A specialist in natural history and travel, Mike writes regularly for numerous publications, including The Telegraph, The Independent, BBC Wildlife, Nature's Home (RSPB) and Bird Watching, and has a popular column in Travel Africa magazine. Mike won LATA's Best Newspaper Feature of the Year in 2018 and was awarded the prestigious 'UK Travel Writer of the Year 2013' by the British Guild of Travel Writers. He lived in southern Africa for eight years but is now based in Brighton. Mike travels extensively for his work so has enjoyed watching crows of many species all around the world.

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