What It’s Like to Be a Bird—Paintings by David Sibley

February 15 – May 31, 2020
Cooper’s Hawk © David Sibley, acrylic - original art from "What It’s Like to Be a Bird"
Cooper’s Hawk, acrylic © David Sibley

David Sibley is America's pre-eminent field guide artist and author. His Sibley Guide to Birds, published in 2000, quickly became the new standard of excellence in bird identification guides, and the fastest-selling bird guide ever.

His newest book—to be published in April 2020—is What It's Like to Be a Bird, about the amazing science of birds' lives. It features more than 330 beautiful new illustrations in a large format, many of which are life-sized.

In the book, Sibley uses non-technical language to answer some of the most common questions asked by both seasoned birders and the general public, such as:

  • How do eagles see so well?
  • Why do birds sing?
  • How much does a feather grow in one day?

What It’s Like to Be a Bird will appeal to beginning birders as well as more experienced birdwatchers, and is a great book for adults to share with children.

This exhibition displays Sibley's delightful original art from the book, accompanied by captions with fascinating new scientific research about birds. Visitors will see more than 40 of Sibley's paintings, including 29 bird portraits painted double life-size.

Photo portrait of David Sibley © Erinn Hartman
David Sibley © Erinn Hartman

On display from February 15, through May 31, 2020.

Opening Reception

Saturday, February 15, 1:00–5:00 PM

Please join us for a free reception at MABA to celebrate the opening of this exhibition. Light refreshments will be served, and you will have the opportunity to meet the artist between 2:00-4:00 pm. 

No registration required; open to all ages.

Artist Talk & Book Signing 

Saturday, April 18, 2:00–5:00 PM

Enjoy a talk by artist and author David Sibley from 2:00-2:30 pm, followed by a book signing from 2:30-5:00 pm. No registration required; open to all ages.

Exhibition Information

Tuesday-Sunday, 1:00-5:00 pm

The exhibition is at the Museum of American Bird Art.

963 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021
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Contact Information

Please call 781-821-8853 or email maba@massaudubon.org