Hummingbirds: A Celebration of Nature’s Jewels

Princeton Univ. Jul. 2022. 288p. ISBN 9780691182124. $35. REF
Named Birdwatcher’s Yearbook Best Bird Book of the Year, this work by two accomplished photographers and natural history authors is packed with vivid, spectacular photographs of hundreds of different kinds of hummingbirds. It includes detailed information on the origins of hummingbirds, their physical structure, flight and behavior characteristics, habitat, migration, songs, mating practices, nesting, role in human culture, and conservation efforts. These explanations are often in detail with hundreds of accompanying exquisite photographs, illustrations, graphs, charts, or drawings. The authors add the story of how their love of hummingbirds came to be and how they created the numerous beautiful featured photographs. The book is a part of the publisher’s “WILDGuides” natural history series.
VERDICT For anyone interested in hummingbirds beyond just casual bird watching. This book provides a pictorial feast and detailed information on this species.
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