Birds in Our Lives

Dwelling in an Avian World
By Dr. Adam Davis and Mia Malloy
©2013, 340 pages

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    What is it that draws us to birds in all their magnificent diversity of color, song, size, and ability? Civilizations ancient and modern have been spellbound by birds' ability to fly, the beauty and complexity of their sounds, and the sheer volume and presence of birds on every continent.

    Birds are a key component of the global economy. Bird-watching and eco-tourism are increasingly profitable industries, and egg and meat production provides the world with its single largest source of animal protein. Birds in Our Lives: Dwelling in an Avian World is an introductory text in avian biology, which offers a unique approach addressing not only scientific content, but recognizing the economic and social importance of many avian species.

    Birds in Our Lives begins with an examination of the evolution of birds. Subsequent chapters address issues in international trade, flight, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and reproduction. The second half of the text is devoted to specific species including parrots, raptors, pigeons and doves, ratites like emus and cassowaries, Galliformes like pheasants, turkeys and jungle fowl, and waterfowl. The final chapter addresses opportunities for helping bird populations whether as a land owner, consumer, or concerned citizen.

    Birds in Our Lives is an excellent text for introductory through junior level avian biology courses. It will also be of interest to anyone choosing a bird as a pet, as well as those involved in hobbies such as falconry and pigeon-racing.

    Dr. Adam Davis earned both his B.S. in animal science and his Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University. Following his work as a postdoctoral associate in molecular reproductive endocrinology, he began teaching at the University of Georgia, where he is currently an associate professor. Dr. Davis has combined his interest in birds and his training in nutrition and reproduction to develop award winning educational and research programs in poultry and avian biology. He continues to breed parrots and finches in his spare time.
    Mia Malloy earned both her B.S. in biological science and her Ph.D. in poultry science at the University of Georgia. While working on her Ph.D., she helped develop, coordinate, and teach field studies in avian biology for a summer study abroad program in Costa Rica. Her numerous field skills include mist-netting, nest searching, and field identification. As a postdoctoral associate in Dr. Adam Davis’ laboratory, she is active in both research and teaching. Dr. Malloy teaches an introductory bird course at the University of Georgia and assists with nutritional and reproductive studies.
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    A perfect blend of applied bird biology, science, interesting facts and practical information for bird enthusiasts. Written in a style that is compelling and readable.
    —Dr. Mike Lacy, Department Head and Professor, Poultry Science Department, University of Georgia

    Birds in our Lives is a must-have for those researching birds as it thoroughly encompasses everything you need to know from evolutionary beginnings and physiology to present-day information of birds. I have raised parrots for years, and this is an informative and interesting read for any parrot owner that wants to learn everything there is to know about their avian companions.
    —Erin Anderson, Parrot breeder

    This book is full of interesting facts, very well organized and easy to follow. Case studies used in this book are very informative, and make reading this book quite a pleasure. Pictures and drawings in the book are very well thought out. Overall, Birds in Our Lives is a must have for all birders.
    —Kai Wang, student, bird owner, and wildlife photographer

    Click here to read a brief article on the book published in the University of Georgia's online newspaper, Columns.