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Avian enthusiasts can let their minds take wing with these three new books about birds.

Angry Birds: 50 True Stories of the Fed Up, Feathered, and Furious (National Geographic) by Mel White combines science with the game phenomenon, offering "rap sheets" and bad behaviors of real avian species as well as inside info on the pig-hating Angry Birds.

Bird Watcher's Bible: A Complete Treasury: Science, Know-How, Beauty, Lore (National Geographic), edited by Jonathan Alderfer, is too bulky for a backpack but is jam-packed with history, arcana, information and art related to birds — and birders.

The Osbick Bird (Pomegranate) by Edward Gorey, who may be dead but is not forgotten, nor is he done publishing wonderfully illustrated books like this odd charmer about Emblus Fingby, whose life is changed by the titular bird.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: bird brains 09/22/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 22, 2012 4:31am]
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