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Birdhouses of the World offers readers a curated collection of beautiful, whimsical, stop-you-in-your-tracks amazing birdhouses created by designers and bird lovers around the world. Bird expert and author Anne Schmauss provides a brief history of birdhouses and lists the kinds of birds that inhabit them, as well as the types of structures that attract various species. Most important in her selection for this book is the “wow” factor: These birdhouses are spectacular in their creativity, ingenuity, and sheer originality. With styles ranging from sleek modern to elaborate Victorian, they are as varied as human houses. Illustrating the wide-ranging designs found throughout the world, and even including the birdhouse of filmmaker George Lucas, this book is a captivating look at the creativity than can result when a functional structure is infused with a love of birds.
About the Author
Anne Schmauss is owner of the store Wild Birds Unlimited and a columnist for the Santa Fe New Mexican. She coauthored For the Birds: A Month by Month Guide to Attracting Birds to Your Backyard with her sisters. She lives in New Mexico.
“[Author Anne] Schmauss searched the world to showcase the ‘coolest’ birdhouses and tell their stories. And what birdhouses she has found.”
— Los Angeles Times
“A fascinating, ‘stop-you-in-your-tracks’ tour of birdhouses crafted by designers and bird enthusiasts all around the world.”
— Mother Nature Network
“To judge from the imaginative birdhouses in Birdhouses of the World, some birds are inhabiting stylish architecture of the sort most of us can only dream about.”
— The Santa Fe New Mexican