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Fiction Books on Birds (1 Viewer)

I would like to also put in a word for Kathryn Lasky's The Guardians of Ga'Hoole, as I can say with absolute confidence that it was the series to spark my fascination with owls and birds as a whole!

Even if not always realistic (with the use of explicit magic as plot points), I do appreciate Lasky's worldbuilding in that it treats the characters as physical animals with their own instincts and idea of anatomy/physiology, rather than just as stand-ins for human characters. I would sooner compare the series to Watership Down than Redwall, if that works as a point of reference to anyone who's read either of them as well haha.

I first read the books in late grade school, but have reread the series several times in the time in between then and now (the most recent being at the beginning of quarantine). Reading the series as an adult has definitely made it easier to pick up on its commentary on fascism, something I think was (unfortunately) very toned down in the film adaptation in favor of flashy, marketable villains. But, this topic thread is about fiction books and I will ramble endleslly if given the option! So I will leave it at "the film looked fantastic and definitely influenced my artistic career, but the books are better" ;) And some time ago, when I was writing a uni paper and needed to include a book review, I immediately thought about this series. There were no specific requirements, just an informative essay. I did some online research, looked for ideas, and came across one page where I managed to learn more and read informative essay examples, and they provided me so many ideas. And I decided to choose that book and one nonfiction for comparison. And it was so easy to write because the issue was interesting to me, and the books I'd already read.
Yes, the same! I was always interested in birds, but after reading the first book, I wanted to read more and wanted to know more about other birds, not only owls.
And I also like Sky Hawk a lot.
I've read other books, but these I liked the most.
This just came in my email from Audubon:

I am surprised that nobody mentioned The Wonderful Adventures of Nils. Not only many characters are birds, but also an interesting insight into the psyche of Swedes.

I also read an interesting scifi story about a deaf-mute woman. She received an AI software to communicate more easily with other people. Then her friends started receiving strange, prank-like calls. They decided to investigate. It turned, the woman ran a wild bird shelter and the AI started translating movements and sounds of birds. The characters plan to show the AI to different animals and wonder what they would tell. I liked it, because it was a hard sci-fi, something which could realistically happen. The problem is, I cannot find the name of this story anymore.
T.H White The Goshawk

The Goshawk is technically non-fiction/autobiographical, but there are a couple of sections in White's The Once and Future King featuring birds - one where Wart is transformed into a merlin, and another where he's transformed into a wild white-fronted goose. That section is my favourite part of the book (which is much acclaimed, but which I felt painfully tedious at times- maybe I don't have the wit for it).

I would hope Razor in the Wind (halftwo's book, mentioned in the post above) which as a fellow admirer of the hobby I have read with much pleasure (though found the Bakeresque passages somewhat painful to follow - maybe I do indeed lack the soul to appreciate literature :unsure: ) is very much non-fictional!
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What about "the Conference of the Birds", by Sufi poet Farid ud-Din Attar...

You should find the text on the internet for free, although I have no idea about the quality of the translation, it is supposed to be one of the finest Persian/Sufi poem ("supposed" because I only read texts about it, I'm too sensible for poetry)...
I just finished Vernon R.L. Head's "On that wave of gulls" where one of the three protagonists is a seagull. The author is a keen birdwatcher and it shows in the description of the gulls' behaviour although the human side of the story is devastating.

He's also written three other bird-related books and I look forward to reading those too.
Thanks so much for reading my new book , On that Wave of Gulls. Hope you enjoyed it 🙏❤️

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