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FACT: “In the treeless Aleutian Islands, Bald Eagles nest on the ground. Small sticks are picked up or broken off and carried in the beak; large ones are carried in the talons. In the center of the platform a cup 3-5in (7.5-13cm) deep, lined with grass and mosses is formed. Large nests can weigh two tons and last for over 50 years.”

Avian Architecture: How Birds Design, Engineer, and Build
Peter Goodfellow

Birds are the most consistently inventive builders, and their nests set the bar for functional design in nature. Avian Architecture describes how birds design, engineer, and build their nests, deconstructing all types of nests found around the world using architectural blueprints and detailed descriptions of the construction processes and engineering techniques birds use. This spectacularly illustrated book features 300 full-color images and more than 35 case studies that profile key species worldwide. Each chapter covers a different type of nest, from tunnel nests and mound nests to floating nests, hanging nests, woven nests, and even multiple-nest avian cities. Other kinds of avian construction—such as bowers and harvest wells—are also featured.

Avian Architecture includes intricate step-by-step sequences, visual spreads on nest-building materials and methods, and insightful commentary by a leading expert.

-Illustrates how birds around the world design, engineer, and build their nests

-Features architectural blueprints, step-by-step sequences, visual spreads on nest-building materials and methods, and expert commentary

-Includes 300 full-color images

-Covers more than 100 bird species worldwide

“[Goodfellow] sharpens the focus to explore nests only from the perspective of their architecture—their form, function, construction materials, how they are made, and by whom. . . . We love finding nests but rarely pay attention to how they are built. Avian Architecture will magnify your sense of wonder. The book is chockablock full of detail presented in a very accessible way.”—Wayne Mones, Audubon.org

For more information on Avian Architecture, please visit: http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9422.html