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On May 27, 1784, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart met a flirtatious little starling in a Viennese shop who sang an improvised version of the theme from his Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major. Sensing a kindred spirit in the plucky young bird, Mozart bought him and took him home to be a family pet. For three years the starling lived with Mozart, influencing his work and serving as his companion, distraction, consolation, and muse.

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. A seasoned birder and naturalist, Lyanda Lynn Haupt is well versed in the difficult and often strained relationships these birds have with other species and the environment. But after rescuing a baby starling of her own, Haupt found herself enchanted by the same intelligence and playful spirit that had so charmed her favorite composer.

In Mozart's Starling, Haupt explores the unlikely and remarkable bond between one of history's most cherished composers and one of earth's most common birds. The intertwined stories of Mozart's beloved pet and Haupt's own starling provide an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, the secret world of starlings, and the nature of creative inspiration. A blend of natural history, biography, and memoir, Mozart's Starling is a tour de force that awakens a surprising new awareness of our place in the world.

©2017 Lyanda Lynn Haupt (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Beautiful and well performed

Well written, engaging and personal. The listener shares the experience of the author and is pushed to think and reflect. Narration is beautifully done and enhanced the experience. I would absolutely recommend this book!!

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Whimsical!

A joyful book of nature, nurture and creativity...a whimsical window into one of Mozarts creative inspirations! Musical and magical, joyful and sorrowful, wild and witty! This book is a little gem shining a light into the connection between art, nature, man and bird.

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Birds of a feather

This charming book gets an A plus! Entertaining and informative... Sweet and thought provoking... A glorious read.

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Author primarily talks about her life

This is quite poor compared with other stories of women who have cared for a falcon or an octopus, for example. Mozart is incide