Crows

£12.99

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. In this book, Mike Unwin looks at the biology and ecology of all 8 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.

ISBN: 9781472971777 Author: Unwin, Mike Publisher: Bloomsbury Wildlife Publication Date: 18th March 2021 Imprint: Bloomsbury Wildlife Cover: Paperback Dewey: 598.8640941 (edition:23) Pages: 128 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subjects: ,

From Ravens to Jackdaws and Choughs to Jays, crows are among some of Britain’s most familiar, abundant and opinion-dividing birds. The UK’s eight crow species all belong to the Corvidae family, and they have been deeply intertwined in our lives and culture since prehistoric times. Crows have long attracted a bad press. Reviled as scavengers, crop raiders and jewellery thieves, these birds – known to scientists are corvids – have often found themselves on the wrong end of a shotgun. Yet behind crows’ supposed misdemeanours lies exceptional intelligence and resourcefulness, which both explain their success and have taught us much about animal behaviour. In Spotlight Crows, Mike Unwin introduces the UK’s eight corvid species, outlining their fascinating natural history and offering essential identification tips. He also explores the mythology and folklore that have embedded these remarkable birds so deeply in our culture, from nursery rhymes to horror movies. The Spotlight series introduces readers to the lives and behaviour of our favourite animals with eye-catching colour photography and informative expert text.

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