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The Owl : A Biography

Stephen Moss
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Vintage Publishing (Square Peg)
Published: October 5, 2023
ISBN: 9781529908268
208 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom


Uncover the life of owls through this beautiful guide to these secretive and charismatic birds from the bestselling author of The RobinThe Wren, and The Swan.

Owls are among the most mysterious birds in the world. Their hauntingly beautiful calls and mostly nocturnal habits have long captured our collective imagination, inspiring more superstitions, folktales, and myths than any other group of birds. Seven species of owl – the tawny, little, barn, long-eared, short-eared, snowy and eagle owl – can be found in the British Isles (out of sixteen different kinds across Europe). They have lived alongside people for thousands of years, yet we still know so little about their day-to-day lives.

Discover their fascinating lives, from the moment they first hatch, to the way they hunt their prey and how they raise the next generation. Explore the rich folklore they’ve inspired around the world and learn how, with a bit of luck, you can catch a glimpse of them yourself.

With beautiful illustrations throughout, and expert birdwatching tips, this eye-opening biography reveals the hidden secrets of one of the world’s most famous and beloved birds and is the perfect gift for birdwatchers and nature lovers.

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