Ten Thousand Birds - Ornithology Since Darwin
By: Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny and Bob Montgomerie
Published by Princeton University Press
I thouroughly enjoyed reading this book and hearing the stories of the early ornithologists. It reminds me of an ornithological version of Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything" - one of my all time favorite books.
If you think reading about the history of ornithology will be boring, think again. The authors present the information in a very readable and engaging way.
I asked one of the authors what the current definition of a species is, certainly different than what I learned in biology class many years ago, here is the kind response from Robert Montgomerie of Queen's University of Ontario, Canada.