By Mike Toms
Owls have consistently featured prominently within the mythology and folklore of various cultures. those mysterious nocturnal creatures are regarded as symbols of knowledge, omens of demise, and bringers of prophecy. in reality, owls are one of many oldest species of vertebrate animal, with fossils courting again 60 million years.
Owls were a resource of concept to writers, artists, historians and naturalists alike. In a much-anticipated quantity on considered one of Britain’s so much interesting crew of birds, Mike Toms attracts on a wealth of expertise and learn, offering a accomplished usual heritage of British owls.
The first a part of the publication covers quite a few points of owl taxonomy, origins, anatomy, behaviour and ecology and appears around the British owl species, drawing comparisons and highlighting variations. the second one half takes every one species in flip to supply a extra particular viewpoint, fleshing out appropriate conservation concerns, behaviour and status.
Toms explores Britain’s liked Barn Owl, Tawny Owl and Snowy Owl among numerous others. He makes use of the massive database and newest examine from his paintings with the British belief for Ornithology (BTO) to concentration rather at the specifics of owls’ breeding ecology, their dispersal styles, nutrition, vocalisations, description, inhabitants adjustments and mortality. He addresses conservation concerns, alterations in laws and capability alterations within the prestige of 1 of Britain’s so much iconic birds, delivering a desirable assessment of the biology and historical past of British owls.
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Owls (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 125) by Mike Toms