Tim Birkhead

A leading expert on ornithology and evolutionary biology, Tim Birkhead is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at Sheffield University and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has won several teaching awards in honour of three decades of inspirational undergraduate teaching. Bloomsbury published his brilliant and beautifully illustrated The Wisdom of Birds to terrific reviews and sales.

Bloomsbury also published Bird Sense, a bestseller that sold translations in ten countries and was shortlisted for the Royal Society’s Winton Prize for Science Books in 2013. Other recent titles include: The Most Perfect Thing (Bloomsbury, 2016), The Wonderful Mr Willughby (Bloomsbury, 2018), and What it’s Like to be a Bird (Bloomsbury, 2021). Sir David Attenborough describes his writing as ‘magnificent’.

Tim has won several other awards for his science, his writing and outreach, including the Zoological Society of London’s Award for Communicating Zoology and the Evolution Society’s Stephen Jay Gould Award. Tim’s TED lecture on the wisdom of birds has had over 100,000 views.

His latest book, Birds and Us: A 12,000 Year History, from Cave Art to Conservation, was published by Viking in Spring 2022. It takes the reader on an epic and dazzling journey through humanity’s relationship with birds and won the the 2022 Margaret Mallett Award for Children’s Non-Fiction.

Photo courtesy of Ben Cherry

Books by Tim Birkhead