I am an author naturalist and speaker based in seattle my work explores the beautiful complicated connections between humans and the wild natural world im thrilled to announce that my newest book mozarts starling is out in a gorgeous new paperback the story of the composer and his pet bird led me on an unexpected. In 1784 mozart encountered a flirtatious little starling in a viennese shop who sang the theme from his piano concerto no 17 in g major charmed he brought the bird home to be his pet. On may 27th 1784 wolfgang amadeus mozart adopted a flirtatious little starling who to his surprise sang the theme from his piano concerto number 17 in g to him from a shop window. Two centuries later starlings are reviled by even the most compassionate conservationists a nonnative invasive species they invade sensitive habitats outcompete local birds for nest sites and food and decimate crops. This was a really unique book ive never read anything like it the author raises a starling chick and writes about the experience while also interweaving in the story of mozart and his starling as well as talking about peoples hate for the starling
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