This book is aimed at the reader with an interest in birds, who is interested in learning more about the people who have been most influential in the development of ornithology. The book explores the history of ornithology from earliest times to the present day, including the lives and work of such people as Linnaeus, Darwin and Wallace, as well as many other lesser-kwn figures. It will set the agenda for the study of the history of ornithology for the next generation.
Michael Walters is Curator of birds' eggs at the Natural History Museum, Tring, UK. He is the author of several books and many scientific papers, and has long had a special interest in the history of ornithology.