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Books > Sport & Leisure > Natural history, country life & pets > Domestic animals & pets > Birds, including cage birds

Mozart's Starling (Hardcover): Lyanda Lynn Haupt Mozart's Starling (Hardcover)
Lyanda Lynn Haupt 1
R345 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R58 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

On May 27th, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling who sang (an improved version of!) the theme from his Piano Concerto Number 17 in G to him. Knowing a kindred spirit when he met one, Mozart wrote "That was wonderful" in his journal and took the bird home to be his pet. For three years Mozart and his family enjoyed the uniquely delightful company of the starling until one April morning when the bird passed away. In 2013, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of Crow Planet, rescued her own starling, Carmen, who has become a part of her family. In Mozart's Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely bond between one of history's most controversial characters and one of history's most notoriously disliked birds. Part natural history, part story, Mozart's Starling will delight readers as they learn about language, music, and the secret world of starlings.

Homing - On Pigeons, Dwellings and Why We Return (Hardcover): Jon Day Homing - On Pigeons, Dwellings and Why We Return (Hardcover)
Jon Day 1
R395 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R77 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

As a boy, Jon Day was fascinated by pigeons, which he used to rescue from the streets of London. Twenty years later he moved away from the city centre to the suburbs to start a family. But in moving house, he began to lose a sense of what it meant to feel at home. Returning to his childhood obsession with the birds, he built a coop in his garden and joined a local pigeon racing club. Over the next few years, as he made a home with his young family in Leyton, he learned to train and race his pigeons, hoping that they might teach him to feel homed. Having lived closely with humans for tens of thousands of years, pigeons have become powerful symbols of peace and domesticity. But they are also much-maligned, and nowadays most people think of these birds, if they do so at all, as vermin. A book about the overlooked beauty of this species, and about what it means to dwell, Homing delves into the curious world of pigeon fancying, explores the scientific mysteries of animal homing, and traces the cultural, political and philosophical meanings of home. It is a book about the making of home and making for home: a book about why we return.

The Penguin Lessons (Paperback): Tom Michell The Penguin Lessons (Paperback)
Tom Michell 1
R206 R128 Discovery Miles 1 280 Save R78 (38%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

*AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 2 FACT NOT FICTION BOOKCLUB AND READ BY BILL NIGHY ON AUDIO* 'I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time' Tom Michell is in his roaring twenties: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style. What he doesn't need is a pet. What he really doesn't need is a pet penguin. Set against Argentina's turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Peronist regime, this is the heart-warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term. When the bird refuses to leave Tom's side, the young teacher has no choice but to smuggle it across the border, through customs, and back to school. Whether it's as the rugby team's mascot, the housekeeper's confidant, the host at Tom's parties or the most flamboyant swimming coach in world history, Juan Salvador transforms the lives of all he meets - in particular one homesick school boy. And as for Tom, he discovers in Juan Salvador a compadre like no other... The Penguin Lessons is a unique and moving true story which has captured imaginations around the globe - for all those who dreamed as a child they might one day talk to the animals.

Beautiful Chickens - Portraits of champion breeds (Paperback): Christie Aschwanden Beautiful Chickens - Portraits of champion breeds (Paperback)
Christie Aschwanden
R213 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R63 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Stylishly lit and shot against a studio background, these portraits showcase 40 of the world's most distinctive breeds, primped and preened for their moment in the spotlight. Featuring prize-winning cocks and hens, this is the ultimate in poultry portraiture. The book includes descriptions of each breed, covering their origins, physical attributes, and uses. There's also a history of hens and roosters through the ages, an introduction to the breed basics, and reportage photography from behind the scenes at the shows. Beautiful Chickens is the perfect gift for anyone, whether their fancy is for all things fowl or simply for beautiful photography. It's the coffee-table book guaranteed to get your guests talking, whether clucking over the remarkable imagery or ruffling feathers with poultry observations.

The Birds Our Teachers (Audio cassette): John R.W. Stott The Birds Our Teachers (Audio cassette)
John R.W. Stott
R196 R151 Discovery Miles 1 510 Save R45 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Recorded on location at his central London office, John Stott's personal approach and commentary along with the atmosphere of his many bird watching expeditions, bring together these Biblical lessons from an author who has honoured Christ throughout his life.

The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Zero-Waste Chicken Keeping - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Paperback): Andy Schneider The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Zero-Waste Chicken Keeping - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (Paperback)
Andy Schneider; As told to Brigid McCrea Phd
R304 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R92 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Zero-Waste Chicken Keeping is the first book designed to help chicken keepers keep chickens with limited resources and environmental impact. This essential guide collects the Chicken Whisperer's own personal tips, tricks, and suggestions for reducing waste, re-purposing materials, and recycling what can't be reused. With this book, chicken keepers will save money, improve production, support sustainability, and use fewer resources overall. With the Chicken Whisperer's step-by-step insights and how-to secrets, your life with chickens will be more fruitful, less expensive, and better for the planet.

A Photographic Guide to Birds of East Africa (Paperback, New Edition): Dave Richards A Photographic Guide to Birds of East Africa (Paperback, New Edition)
Dave Richards
R176 R123 Discovery Miles 1 230 Save R53 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This title focuses on the essentials of bird identification in East Africa by presenting those species that are most likely to be seen in accessible habitats throughout the region.

The text for each species highlights the diagnostic feature or combination of features that will enable the birdwatcher to most easily identify the bird.

For those species that are sexually dimorphic, have both breeding and non-breeding plumage, or in which the juvenile plumage differs markedly from that of the adult, more than one photograph has been included.

Thumbnail silhouettes aid the reader in quickly locating the correct group of birds, and for each species account a map shows the bird's distribution.

The Birds of Ecuador - Status, Distribution and Taxonomy (Paperback): Robert S. Ridgely, Paul J. Greenfield The Birds of Ecuador - Status, Distribution and Taxonomy (Paperback)
Robert S. Ridgely, Paul J. Greenfield; Foreword by Frank Gill
R1,764 Discovery Miles 17 640 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The Birds of Ecuador comprehensively treats the nearly 1600 species of birds that can be found in mainland Ecuador in two volumes. The authors describe Ecuador this way: "One of the wonders of the natural world. Nowhere else is such incredible avian diversity crammed into such a small country. . . . Birds are, happily, numerous in many parts of Ecuador: even the downtown parks of the big cities such as Quito and Guayaquil host their complement."

Volume I, Status, Distribution, and Taxonomy, contains detailed information on the ecology, status, and distribution of all species. Introductory chapters deal with geography, climate, and vegetation; bird migration in Ecuador; Ecuadorian ornithology; endemic bird areas in Ecuador; and conservation. Individual species accounts treat habitat, distribution, and taxonomy.

The two volumes of The Birds of Ecuador are available separately or may be purchased as a slipcased set.

The Lovebird (Hardcover): Pamela L. Higdon The Lovebird (Hardcover)
Pamela L. Higdon
R241 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R44 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This is our seventh set of "Happy, Healthy Pet" titles. Like the others, they are books pet owners can turn to for the essential information they need to raise a healthy, happy pet. All books contain information on:

  • feeding
  • grooming
  • housing
  • health care
  • what to expect from the pet
  • basic training
As our series expands and focuses on different kinds of pets, the emphasis remains on making the pet a companion. Owners of more unusual pets will particularly appreciate the expert advice in these books because professional care for exotic animals can be hard to come by. As always, the instruction on the books is from experts--people who know their pets intimately but always remember what it was like to have one the first time.

"Happy, Healthy Pet" guides are rich with professional quality color photos and are designed to be enjoyable and easy to learn from.

The Homesteader's Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook - Raising a Healthy Flock from Start to Finish (Paperback): Amy K.... The Homesteader's Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook - Raising a Healthy Flock from Start to Finish (Paperback)
Amy K. Fewell; Foreword by Joel Salatin
R381 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R67 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Homesteader’s Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook is the modern homesteader’s guide to raising, feeding, breeding, selling, and enjoying the noblest animal on the farm—the chicken. From the rooster’s crow in the morning, to the warm egg in the nesting box, chickens are the gateway livestock for almost every homesteader and backyard farm enthusiast. In this book, you’ll learn everything you need to know about raising chickens naturally. Fewell guides you in:

- understanding why chickens do what they do

- creating your very own poultry or egg business

- preventing and treating ailments with herbal remedies

- setting up your property, coop, and brooder

- hatching chicks

- purchasing chickens properly

- cooking delicious recipes with your farm fresh eggs and poultry.

This is heritage chicken keeping skills 101, with a modern twist. Not only will you gain knowledge about naturally keeping chickens through every stage of their lives, but you’ll fully embrace the joy and ease of raising all-natural chickens on your homestead.

The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens, Revised - Everything you need to know. . . and didn't know you... The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens, Revised - Everything you need to know. . . and didn't know you needed to know about backyard and urban chickens (Paperback)
Andy Schneider
R328 R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Save R89 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The down-to-earth, common-sense advice in The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens, Expanded & Revised is perfect for people looking to get started keeping backyard poultry. Since The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens was first published in 2011, tens of thousands of people have discovered the joys and benefits of a backyard flock. Now Andy Schneider is back with The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens, Expanded & Revised. Are you looking for a great way to reconnect with the earth, the community, and your food sources? Keeping backyard chickens is a fun, simple way to start making this happen, even with limited space in your backyard. Let the Chicken Whisperer (poultry personality Andy Schneider) teach you everything he knows and everything you need to know about raising a backyard flock! Ditch the super-technical manuals and enjoy Andy's unique, common-sense perspective in The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens, Expanded & Revised. This fun, comprehensive guide is a perfect fit for your busy lifestyle. Inside, you'll learn: The benefits of a backyard chicken flock The art of incubation Living with brooding hens Setting up coops and runs Proper poultry nutrition Understanding your chickens' health and wellness And that's just for a start, so why not start your flock today?

The Birds Our Teachers (Audio cassette): John R.W. Stott The Birds Our Teachers (Audio cassette)
John R.W. Stott
R1,024 R699 Discovery Miles 6 990 Save R325 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Recorded on location at his central London office, John Stott's personal approach and commentary along with the atmosphere of his many bird watching expeditions, bring together these Biblical lessons from an author who has honoured Christ throughout his life.

Budgie (Paperback): Amanda O'Neill Budgie (Paperback)
Amanda O'Neill
R93 R74 Discovery Miles 740 Save R19 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Parakeets For Dummies (Paperback): Nikki Moustaki Parakeets For Dummies (Paperback)
Nikki Moustaki
R175 R124 Discovery Miles 1 240 Save R51 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Create a "home tweet home" for this colorful, lively bird

This plain-English guide helps readers find the right parakeet and offers expert advice on feathering his nest, from setting up the cage and selecting foods to keeping messes at bay. Readers will discover how to groom a parakeet, recognize the symptoms of illness, and keep a parakeet safe from other pets. They will also see how to teach a parakeet to talk, understand parakeet behavior, and find an avian veterinarian.

First Aid for Birds (Hardcover): Julie Rach First Aid for Birds (Hardcover)
Julie Rach
R242 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R43 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

At last, a book for pet owners that focuses on administering first aid to birds. You'll not only learn step-by-step information on emergency situations bird owners might encounter, you'll also learn how to quickly save your bird's life by taking action, and how to prevent emergencies by feeding your bird a balanced diet, regularly trimming his wings and nails and bird-proofing your home. First Aid for Birds is written by an expert and includes instructions on monitoring your bird's health by regular veterinary visits and observing your bird daily for signs of illness. Best of all, the book is filled with color photos, info-packed sidebars and fun facts to make caring for your pet bird easy and enjoyable.

The Meaning of Birds (Paperback): Simon Barnes The Meaning of Birds (Paperback)
Simon Barnes
R351 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R64 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Birding Without Borders - An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World (Paperback): Noah Strycker Birding Without Borders - An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World (Paperback)
Noah Strycker 1
R334 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R104 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Chicken Chick's Guide to Backyard Chickens - Simple Steps for Healthy, Happy Hens (Paperback): Kathy Shea Mormino The Chicken Chick's Guide to Backyard Chickens - Simple Steps for Healthy, Happy Hens (Paperback)
Kathy Shea Mormino
R322 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R90 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Practical Encyclopedia of Chicken Keeping (Hardcover): Fred Hams Practical Encyclopedia of Chicken Keeping (Hardcover)
Fred Hams 1
R450 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R95 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This visually appealing guide provides all the informationthat you need in order to start keeping poultry. A buyer'sguide shows what features to look for in healthy poultry,and essential information is provided on good poultryhusbandry to ensure optimum welfare. A beautifullyillustrated guide to poultry breeds of the world follows.Each breed is illustrated with a lavish photograph, andcomprehensive text describes the breed type andcharacteristics. A final chapter looks at popular goose,duck and turkey breeds. If you are interested in keepingchickens in the back yard, selling eggs for profit, orexhibiting pure breeds, this is the perfect book for you.

Finches For Dummies (Paperback): Nikki Moustaki Finches For Dummies (Paperback)
Nikki Moustaki
R177 R126 Discovery Miles 1 260 Save R51 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Friendly advice on proper finch care

Of all the birds kept as pets-16.5 million in American homes-none are as widely diversified as finches, which hail from nearly every corner of the globe. This fun, practical guide provides finch owners and those deciding if they want to bring a finch into their home with expert guidance in raising this delightful bird. It covers choosing the right species of finch, health care, housing and supplies, feeding, training, and how to have fun and maintain the best relationship with a finch.

Why Does My Parrot...? (Paperback, Main): Rosemary Low Why Does My Parrot...? (Paperback, Main)
Rosemary Low
R235 R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Save R57 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Parrots are sensitive creatures whose intelligence is often grossly underrated and, as a result, frequently exhibit behavior that is misunderstood by their owners. This reference guide to owning a parrot answers questions about problems and tensions between these feathered creatures and their owners. The basic elements of parrot psychology are explained, as are environmental factors that can cause biting, screaming, and feather plucking. Case studies of specific relationships are used to illustrate both good and bad examples of the pet/owner relationship. This practical and helpful book draws on Rosemary Low's unrivalled experience to provide valuable guidance for parrot owners of any level. Using the basic elements of parrot psychology and behaviour, problem behaviour is explained and solutions are offered. Using an easy-to-use A-Z format, this book will demystify every problem a parrot owner will come across, such as biting, screaming and feather plucking.

The Curious Bird Lover's Handbook (Paperback): Niall Edworthy The Curious Bird Lover's Handbook (Paperback)
Niall Edworthy 1
R208 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R38 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

You don't have to be a dedicated birdwatcher to be a bird lover. Millions of us love the sight and sound of them. And yet most of us know very little about their remarkable behaviour, incredible diversity and the story of their evolution. How do migrating birds know where to go? Are birds really descended from dinosaurs? How do birds have sex? This handbook sets about answering every interesting question there is to ask about birds. There are over 10,000 species in the world, including over 500 in Britain, some rare and endangered, some bizarre and beautiful, others common and familiar. As this captivating and often humorous handbook reveals, all of them are fascinating. The hardback edition titled "Bald Coot and Screaming Loon" was published in 2009. This paperback edition has been updated and includes a new foreword from the author.

Birds For Dummies (Paperback): Gina Spadafori, Brian L. Speer Birds For Dummies (Paperback)
Gina Spadafori, Brian L. Speer
R398 R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Save R116 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Birds have amazing capacity for love and affection. But they aren't maintenance-free; in fact, most birds have complex needs and desires that must be considered carefully when you choose which feathered friend to own.

Whether you are bringing a bird into your life or are a seasoned owner adding to your flock, Birds For Dummies helps you address the issues that matter most to you and the bird. This book also offers a 16-page full-color spread that introduces you to bird types from around the world and explains which ones make the best pets. It will show you how to

  • Explore which bird is best for you and your lifestyle before you make a decision
  • Find a reliable store from which to make your purchase
  • Care for your bird, with sections dedicated to cages, carriers, toys, food and grooming
  • Keep your bird healthy by identifying signs of illness and finding a quality veterinarian
  • Create a harmonious living situation for you, your bird and other members of your household
  • Minimize noise and mess your bird might be inclined to make in the home
Pigeon Racing - My personal insights (Paperback): Jim Emerton Pigeon Racing - My personal insights (Paperback)
Jim Emerton
R328 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R122 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Jim Emerton is one of the most respected figures in pigeon racing, having bred and raced birds for 40 years and had birds return to the loft from as far as 879 miles away. Now he writes on the subject for magazines and websites, sharing his expertise and his musings with all who enjoy this absorbing hobby. This comprehensive collection of his writings on pigeons covers everything from feed regimes and choosing stock to his experiences with racing from many exotic locations around the world. "We are a motley crew of mad monks, illuminated by a shared dream...It is an extension of the old, traditional values, of the old sage, pipe in mouth, corn tin in hand, sunning himself in a deckchair in his rose garden. That is how the iconic birds in folklore and history were raced."

Keeping Chickens - Choosing, Nurturing & Harvests (Paperback): Liz Wright Keeping Chickens - Choosing, Nurturing & Harvests (Paperback)
Liz Wright; Foreword by Tracey Smith 1
R246 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R53 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In the last few years, poultry-keeping has enjoyed massive growth, with heavy TV coverage featuring chefs such as Jamie Oliver. It is another symptom of our weariness of mass-produced, tasteless supermarket food - the appeal of being able to nip into the back garden to get fresh eggs for breakfast, knowing that the hens have been well kept, fed and loved. This highly practical book is aimed at beginners to the hobby and will explain everything you need to know to get started keeping chickens, from how to choose, house, feed and handle them to how many eggs they will lay, their affect on the local ecosystem and protection from foxes.

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