Some orders may be delayed by the current Coronavirus lockdown.
Visit our help page for further information.
The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow (Hardback)
  • The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow (Hardback)
zoom

The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow (Hardback)

(author)
£13.99
Hardback 44 Pages / Published: 19/04/2018
  • Publisher out of stock

Currently unavailable to order

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
Behold the most despised bird in human history! So begins Jan Thornhill's riveting, beautifully illustrated story of the House Sparrow. She traces the history of this perky little bird, one of the most adaptable creatures on Earth, from its beginnings in the Middle East to its spread with the growth of agriculture into India, North Africa and Europe. Everywhere the House Sparrow went, it competed with humans for grain, becoming such a pest that in some places "sparrow catcher" became an actual job and bounties were paid to those who got rid of it. But not everyone hated the House Sparrow, and in 1852, fifty pairs were released in New York City. In no time at all, the bird had spread from coast to coast. Then suddenly, at the turn of the century, as cars took over from horses and there was less grain to be found, its numbers began to decline. As our homes, gardens, cities and farmland have changed, providing fewer nesting and feeding opportunities, the House Sparrow's numbers have begun to decline again - though in England and Holland this decline appears to be slowing. Perhaps this clever little bird is simply adapting once more. This fascinating book includes the life history of the House Sparrow and descriptions of how the Ancient Egyptians fed it to the animals they later mummified, how it traveled to Great Britain as a stowaway on ships carrying Roman soldiers, and how its cousin, the Eurasian Tree Sparrow, was almost eradicated in China when Mao declared war on it. A wealth of back matter material is also supplied.

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd ,Canada
ISBN: 9781773060064
Number of pages: 44
Dimensions: 279 x 216 mm

You may also be interested in...

A Little Bit Brave
Added to basket
The Big Book of the Blue
Added to basket
Our Planet
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
RSPB First Book Of Birds
Added to basket
First Sticker Book Nature
Added to basket
£5.99   £4.99
Paperback
The Polar Bear Explorers' Club
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.99
Paperback
My Encyclopedia of Very Important Animals
Added to basket
Hidden Planet
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Jane Goodall
Added to basket
Steve Backshall's Deadly 60
Added to basket
Who Did This Poo?
Added to basket
An Anthology of Intriguing Animals
Added to basket
National Trust: Complete Bird Spotter's Kit
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.