A condensed yet informative book that contains everything about birds you have ever wondered about. The illustrations make this book both factual and fun. This compact, delightfully illustrated selection of birds from North and South America, Eurasia, Africa, and Australia has a page of descriptive information on each bird combining the factual with the fascinating. Answers to questions like: When does the peacock spread its feathers? Why does the flamingo stand on one leg? Where do Ostriches come from? From what distance can an eagle see its prey? are embedded in each entry. The 79 chromolithographs, part of a private collection, have an appealingly vintage effect.