Book review – The Twelve Birds of Christmas by Stephen Moss

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas! from the pen of Stephen Moss. Partridges in pear trees, Colly Birds, large flocks of Turtle Doves and swans and geese – but where do all the other species come from? Stephen Moss uses his wit and wisdom to retrofit a bunch of birds to the Christmas carol and does it with quite some aplomb.

This is a book that is worth reading at any time of year and is essentially twelve chapters about the biology, folklore and history of a slightly random bunch of species stitched together with anecdotes from Stephen’s birding life. And there’s nothing wrong with any of that – it’s a good read and is a vehicle by which the author can discuss a range of issues and subjects in a very entertaining and informative way.

There is something in here for the keen birder and those who would claim not to know anything about birds. And remember, The Twelve Birds of Christmas is not just for Christmas.

The Twelve Birds of Christmas by Stephen Moss is published by Square Peg.

Remarkable Birds by Mark Avery is published by Thames and Hudson – for reviews see here.

Inglorious: conflict in the uplands by Mark Avery is published by Bloomsbury – for reviews see here.