In Search of Sparrows


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In Search of Sparrows Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Pages: 144 Language: English ISBN: 9781408137833 Categories: , ,

A complete study of the Tree Sparrow Passer montanus from the author of the Poyser monographs The Sparrows and In Search of Sparrows. Tree Sparrows are widely distributed throughout most of Europe and Asia, and have been introduced in many other parts of the world. This book describes the species’ origins and early spread, plus a speculative section on the evolution of the present distribution. The bulk of the book discusses the species’ habits, breeding, movements, numbers and food, and is extensively illustrated throughout, with drawings by Robert Gilmor.

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Author Biography

Denis Summers-Smith is a mechanical engineer and, although nominally retiring in 1982, still continues to consult in tribology, his specialist field; in this capacity he has visited all six continents in the past five years. He confesses to an obsessional interest in spar- rows. This began in 1947 with a study of the House Sparrow that led to the publication of The House Sparrow in 1963. He then broadened his interest to the other members of the genus, travelling extensively throughout Africa, Asia and the Mediterranean basin in their pursuit. A second book, The Sparrows, appeared in 1988. His wife, Margaret, has been a faithful attend- ant on most of these journeys. He has served on committees of the British Ornithologists' Union and the British Trust for Ornithology, publishing a number of papers in the journals of both these societies.