The triumphant tale of the house sparrow

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Published 2018
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Summary:

"Behold the most despised bird in human history! So begins Jan Thornhill's riveting, beautifully illustrated story of the House Sparrow. She traces the history of this perky little bird, one of the most adaptable creatures on Earth, from its beginnings in the Middle East to its spread with the growth of agriculture into India, North Africa and Europe. Everywhere the House Sparrow went, it competed with humans for grain, becoming such a pest that in some places "sparrow catcher" became an actual job and bounties were paid to those who got rid of it. This fascinating book includes the life history of the House Sparrow and descriptions of how the Ancient Egyptians fed it to the animals they later mummified, how it traveled to Great Britain as a stowaway on ships carrying Roman soldiers, and how its cousin, the Eurasian Tree Sparrow, was almost eradicated in China when Mao declared war on it. A wealth of back matter material is also supplied."-- Provided by publisher.

ISBN:
9781773060064
1773060066
Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations, colour map ; 29 cm
Other Title:
House sparrow
Notes:
Canadiana.
Includes bibliographical references.
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