Bird: Exploring the Winged World Phaidon Editors

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Let your imagination take flight and celebrate the beauty and diversity of birds throughout art, science, history, and culture

Bird: Exploring the Winged World presents a visually stunning survey of birds, chronicling their scientific and popular appeal throughout the ages and around the world. Showcasing the remarkable diversity of species, from tiny hummingbirds to ostriches taller than humans, and icebound penguins to tropical macaws, this extraordinary book includes renowned and lesser-known ornithological illustrations and artwork of all styles. Arranged in thoughtfully paired juxtapositions, it reveals how artists, illustrators, ornithologists, and photographers – from ancient Egypt to the present – have captured the spirit, likeness, character, and symbolism of birds. Bird is the latest installment in Phaidon’s bestselling and much-loved Explorer Series, building on the success of Map, Plant, Flower, Animal, Anatomy, and Universe – each of which provides a unique focus on a globally appealing subject area.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
  • Pages: 352 pp
  • Illustrations: 305 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838661403

Conceived and edited by Phaidon editors.

Katrina van Grouw is an illustrator and fine artist, best known for books including The Unfeathered Bird.

Jen Lobo is an artist and illustrator. She was the 2019–20 Bartels Illustrator at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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